The full programme for Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014 has been announced. The showcase, which will be held at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on 8 October, will provide a unique promotional, educational and engagement platform for both the Ministry of Defence and the UK defence supply chain to connect. MOD DCB features writer Paul Elliott takes a look at the programme to see what delegates can expect at the premier defence procurement event of the year.
The UK defence supply chain is incredibly diverse, exceptionally innovative and highly capable of delivering world-class products and services to global defence markets. In the ever-changing environment that is the defence industry it is important for individuals involved in the sector to connect, collaborate and grow. This necessity for the UK defence industry to unite, from buyer to prime to SME, is addressed by showcase events such as Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014. Events are all about boosting the supply chain – forging relationships, learning about industry developments and bringing products and services to market. The defence market is not static; it is fluid and constantly evolving, which makes the networking, interaction and knowledge transfer opportunities offered by a dedicated defence procurement event even more valuable.
DPRTE 2014, to be held on 8 October at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, will establish a platform to meet the needs of the entire defence community. The Keynote Arena offers a selection of impressive speakers reflecting the diversity of the UK defence supply chain. The opening address will be delivered by event Chair Dr David Moore, Director of the Centre for Defence Acquisition (CfDA) at Cranfield University. Cranfield is at the forefront of defence and security studies and its partnership with the MOD offers a unique gateway for teaching, research and consultancy. Cranfield utilises a unique set of capabilities, expertise and facilities to deliver practical solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military personnel and civilians across the world.Dr Moore will later speak about the challenges faced by the global defence procurement industry.
Susanna Mason, Director General (Commercial) for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), will speak at DPRTE 2014 and her keynote address is sure to be one of the highlights of the event. Ms Mason is responsible for DE&S’s external industry-facing activities, managing strategic relationships between industry and the MOD. She coordinates Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) renegotiations and is the lead for the Whitehall Liaison Group. She also advises on individual investment decisions and ensures an effective commercial process and system is maintained and applied across the MOD. Since joining the MOD in 2008, Susanna has at various times served as Director of Industry Relationships, Director of Corporate Commercial and Director of Exports and Commercial Strategy. In November 2012 she was promoted to become Director General Exports before her recent appointment as Director General (Commercial) at DE&S. There is already much interest in Ms Mason’s appearance at DPRTE 2014.
The Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) is a collaboration between government and industry to help UK defence businesses meet the needs of defence customers around the globe. The DGP recently launched its Delivering Growth report which revealed its implementation plan to secure a thriving UK defence sector that delivers security, growth and prosperity for the nation. ADS Group, the premier trade organisation for companies operating in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, will deliver a session that will discuss interacting and engaging with the partnership.
Throughout the day the conference will feature a strong technological element and it is appropriate that Julian David, Chief Executive Officer of techUK, the UK technology industry trade association which was formed in November 2013 from predecessor organisation Intellect, is a keynote speaker. Mr David has spent over 30 years working in the technology industry and will offer a deep insight into technology and its role in defence. Driving technology to deliver national security, public safety and cyber resilience to the UK will be the focus of Julian’s keynote speech.
Following him will be Alison Seabeck, Shadow Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. Ms Seabeck is a former member of the Commons Defence Select Committee. She has also taken part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which gives Westminster politicians first-hand experience of the military.
The final session in the Keynote Arena, hosted by Cranfield University, will look at the challenges and opportunities offered by the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. The Keynote Arena promises to be a hub of activity and discussion across all areas key to boosting business and strengthening the UK defence industry.