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The SAE Media Group is delighted to announce that the 5th annual Defence Safety conference will convene in London on the 3rd and 4th October 2022. This event is supported by the UK MoD's Defence Safety Authority.

 

As the leading global safety conference specifically focused on Defence, it will continue to promote safety as a core element of military activity and remains a forum for bringing together the leading international Service commanders and Defence industry stakeholders. The event is being planned and hosted by the SAE Media Group with the support of the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), the UK MOD’s independent body for regulation, assurance, enforcement, and accident investigation of safety in Defence.

 

The Defence Safety 2022 Conference will seek to address the most significant safety risks facing Defence, focusing on avoidable safety-related deaths and the potential capability and reputational implications for those who operate, supply and support Defence. For 2022, the theme will be Enhancing Safety Standards for the Future of Defence Innovation and Enterprise. Last year we explored in detail how Simplifying Safety would lead to better adoption and execution of safety across core Defence assets, and how new platforms and systems could benefit from leaner but equally comprehensive safety strategies. This year we will contemplate the importance of safety when considering the rapid pace of innovation; adapting people, culture, leadership, and strategy in relation to organizational change; and the enterprise’s approach to promoting innovation safely in Defence.

Abbott Risk Consulting; Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd; Air Command RAF Safety Centre; Army HQ; Australian Air Force; Babcock International Group; BAE Systems; BMT Defence & Security Ltd; British Army; Chilean Army; DE&S; Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB); Defence Safety Authority - Defence Land Safety Regulator; Devonport Naval Base; DMAé; DND - RCN; DSA DAIB; DSA DFSR; DSA DLSR; DSA DMR; DSA DMSR; DSA DNSR; DSA DOSR; DSA HQ; DSA MAA; Dstl; General Dynamics Land Systems UK Ltd ; Ghana Airports Company Ltd; Jacobs; Leonardo UK; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; MAA; MBDA UK; MBDA UK Ltd; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, UK; MOD; MOD Civil Service; MOD Saudi Armed Forces Projects; Navy Command; Navy Command Headquarters; Navy Safety Centre; New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF); Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Nigerian Army; QinetiQ; RAF; RAF Brize Norton; RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine; RAF High Wycombe; RAF Safety Centre; Rhienmetall Canada; Royal Air Force; Royal Airforce Safety Centre; Royal Canadian Navy; Royal Navy ; Royal Netherlands Army; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Royal Saudi Ministry of Defense; SMi Group Ltd; Submarine Delivery Agency; TEST; TLM Nexus; UAE; UAE Military Attache Office; UK Ministry of Defence; UK MoD; United States Marine Corps ; US Air Force; US Army; US Navy; USN Navel Safety Center;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Promoting Safety, Innovation and Enterprise Across the UK MoD

• The importance of safety when considering the rapid pace of innovation in the UK MoD
• Adapting people, culture, leadership and strategy from the Integrated Review
• Learning from safety incident reports and ensuring continued development
• Working with enterprise to promote innovation safely within defence

Air Marshal Steve Shell

Air Marshal Steve Shell, Director General, Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

Mr Laurence Lee

Mr Laurence Lee, Second Permanent Secretary, UK MoD

9:30 Defining Safety and Innovation Culture at the Royal Navy

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns, Fleet Commander, Royal Navy
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• Optimising safety culture across the Royal Navy
• Assessing the Integrated Review and the rapid pace of innovation for new naval assets
• Priorities for Test and Experimentation safety and the development of future naval capabilities
• Future priorities for naval safety, accountability and risk management

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Babcock

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 UAE Military Engagement with Defence Industries

• The modernisation plan for the UAE Armed Forces
• Accelerating innovation safely to ensure military capabilities benefit from the latest technological advancements
• Coordination systems in place between the UAE military and the defence industries
• Safety considerations for testing and experimentation of new capabilities for the military and defence industries

Major General Mubarak Saeed Ghafan Al Jabri

Major General Mubarak Saeed Ghafan Al Jabri, Assistant Undersecretary for Support and Defence Industries, UAE Ministry of Defence

11:30 Increasing Aviation Safety Standards Across the Malaysian Armed Forces

• An overview of the DGTA’s safety risk management process and priorities
• Certification and airworthiness standards and practices for the Malaysian Armed Forces
• The continued development of the Royal Malaysian Air Force capabilities and establishing new regulations for new platforms
• Future priorities for maintaining aviation safety standards for the RMAF

Brigadier General Nordin Bin Abdul Ghani

Brigadier General Nordin Bin Abdul Ghani, Director General, Directorate General Technical Airworthiness, Royal Malaysian Air Force

12:00 Senior U.S. Military Safety Panel – Enhancing Safety for the U.S. Military with a Focus on Innovation

• How is safety being considered when innovating at pace within your organisations?
• What are the main challenges facing safe innovation for the U.S. military?
• How is enterprise being utilised within the safety process when conducting testing and experimentation projects?

Brigadier General Gene Meredith

Brigadier General Gene Meredith, Director of Army Safety and Commanding General, US Army Combat Readiness Center
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Colonel Mark Bortnem

Colonel Mark Bortnem, Director, USMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps

Incoming Commander

Incoming Commander, Naval Safety Center, US Navy

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Strengthening Military Air Safety and Integrating New Technologies

Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie

Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie, Director, Military Aviation Authority (MAA), UK MoD
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• Lessons learned from the Haddon-Cave recommendations and how this can apply to future innovation
• Highlighting the role of people in safety when developing new aerospace technologies following the Integrated Review
• Updates on the Protector UAV certification process for the RAF
• Working with industry partners to ensure military aviation safety

14:30 Implementing Total Safety Management Across the RAF’s Activities

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Air Commodore Sam Sansome, Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force
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• Key priorities for the RAF Safety Centre in employing Total Safety Management across the organisation.
• Successes and challenges in the first year of the RAF Inspectorate.
• Minimising risk and protecting the environment through capability development activities.
• Incorporating industry into the safety system when introducing new systems into the RAF

15:00 Capability First, Safety Always – The Aerospace Safety Priorities for the DASA

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Air Commodore Joseph Medved, Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force

• Ensuing effective aviation-safety risk management through Defence Aviation Safety Programs (DASPs)
• Updating current aviation safety regulations and air traffic management systems for the integration of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS)
• Aircraft certification and production priorities and challenges
• A word on Royal Australian Air Force innovation and managing new capabilities

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Ensuring Readiness for the US DoD Through Innovation and Safety

The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly

The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, US Department of Defense

• Key strategies and programmes which are driving US forces operational readiness
• Innovation programmes enabling US force readiness
• Furthering readiness through enterprise within the US DoD
• What are the key challenges to ensuring operational readiness and how can we mitigate risk in the planning process?

16:30 Operational Testing & Safety – The U.S. Perspective

Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr

Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr , Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOTE), Department of Defense
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• Perspective of Operational Testing (OT) & the safety aspects contained within OT that the U.S. employs
• OT Case Study
• Monitoring and risk management for testing and evaluating weapon systems and equipment
• Safeguarding and securing military software and cybersecurity for new equipment
• Thoughts on the future of prototyping and experimentation

17:00 The Role of the Future Capability Group in Exploring New Capability Areas for the British Armed Forces

Mr James Gavin

Mr James Gavin, Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

• The Future Capability Group’s priorities for future force development
• Safety use cases for new military capability areas
• Successes and lessons learned in the context of ‘Agile’ and Modular Open Architectures on Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS), M-IOT and Battlefield Digital Systems
• Ensuring safety when developing new systems with the assistance of industry partners

17:30 Responding to the Integrated Review and Prioritising Safety Across the DSTL

• Highlighting the role of safety in developing new defence technologies following the Integrated Review
• Key DSTL technology innovation programs across the UK Defence portfolio – Including AI, Counter-UAS, the Future Individual Lethality System (FILS) Program and more
• The Analysis for Science & Technology Research in Defence’ (ASTRID) Program and providing the UK MoD with access to decision support services from the private sector
• More opportunities to include enterprise within defence safety and innovation process

Mr Matt Chinn

Mr Matt Chinn, Division Head, Platform Systems, DSTL

18:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Ensuring a Safety-First Mindset Across the Netherlands Ministry of Defence

 • Priorities for safety within the Defence Vision 2035 Strategy
• Successes for safety standards adoption and implementation
• Safety risk management priorities and challenges
• Safety at the heart of Dutch defence capability development

Major General Dick Van Ingen

Major General Dick Van Ingen, Director of Occupational Health & Safety Policy, Netherlands Ministry of Defence

9:30 Health, Safety and Environmental Protection Considerations for the Swedish Armed Forces

• The structure and mission of the FIHM within the Swedish Armed Forces
• Advantages to FIHM Staff working independently from the Swedish Armed Forces in respect of legal mandate and economy
• Current challenges to FIHM work – Including supervising all obsolete environmental permits and reducing contaminations in drinking water, including PFOS
• A word on safety and environmental considerations for Swedish defence innovation

Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt

Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt, Director General, Defence Inspectorate for Medicine & Environmental Health, Swedish Armed Forces
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10:00 Optimising a World Leading Safety Culture Across UK Defence

Mr David King

Mr David King, Director Health, Safety and Environmental Protection, UK MoD

• An update on the UK MoD’s HS&EP operating model and strategy
• Risk management and assurance across the activities of UK Defence
• Highlighting the importance of safety during the defence innovation process
• Environmental protection considerations for capability and technology development

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Ensuring the Safe Construction and Fielding of the Australian Army’s Future Land Platforms

Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Brigadier Damien McLachlan, Director General Landworthiness, Australian Army

• An overview of Australia’s Future Land Capability Program and the Defence Landworthiness Management System (DLwMS)
• Certification and risk management priorities for the development of new land platform projects – such as the LCVS IFV, CRV, Overlander and PMV-L Projects
• Ensuring Australian Army land materiel is safe and environmentally compliant
• Engaging with defence industry stakeholders to develop regulation and governance for defence safety

11:30 Developing Safety Standards and Practices for the British Army

Colonel Graham Livingstone

Colonel Graham Livingstone, Chief Army Safety, British Army

• Optimising a safe working environment and culture for British land forces
• Priorities from the Integrated Review to improve safety measures for developing new land capabilities
• Factoring safety into testing and experimentation of new land platforms
• Risk management and safety reporting tools for the British Army Safety Centre

12:00 Advances to Dutch Ground Forces Safety with the Introduction of Uncrewed Systems

Colonel Renzo Versteeg

Colonel Renzo Versteeg, Head of Army Safety, Royal Netherlands Army

• An overview of the Defence Vision 2035 Strategy and maximising safety for future capabilities
• Adapting risk analysis and reporting tools for testing and integrating new land platforms
• Understanding the challenges surrounding the adoption of uncrewed and autonomous ground systems
• Military/Enterprise cohesion to ensure military safety

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Future Force Design for the Royal Navy Through the Safe Integration of New Capabilities

Rear Admiral James Parkin

Rear Admiral James Parkin, Director Develop, Royal Navy

• An overview of Royal Navy future force design and the ongoing integration of new capabilities
• The role of uncrewed and autonomous systems in the future force design and how these capabilities can be integrated safely
• Fortifying cyber security aboard Royal Navy vessels and maintaining system safety
• The importance of the role of industry and academia in supporting the Royal Navy’s innovation

14:00 Emphasizing Safety within the Future Force Development of the Royal Navy

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Commodore Stuart Henderson, Navy Safety Director, Royal Navy

• Plans and priorities for innovation and safety within the Royal Navy – Including uncrewed and autonomous assets
• Risk management and reporting tools for new naval assets
• Promoting leadership and safety governance within the innovation process
• Working with defence industry partners to optimise safety for new naval assets

14:30 Senior Industry Leaders Safety Panel – Delivering Innovation and Safety Across the Defence Industry

Speakers to be confirmed

Speakers to be confirmed, ,

• What are your key priorities for establishing and maintaining safety standards across your organisations?
• How do your organisations engage and acquire feedback from your teams?
• How do you engage with international militaries to foster innovation safely and effectively?
• What challenges do we face with safely delivering innovation in the future?

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Optimising Safety for the R&D and T&E Activities of the Finnish Armed Forces

• The composition and mission of the FDRA
• Safety considerations for R&D activities for weapon and explosives technology
• Safe exploitation of uncrewed systems for the Finnish Armed Forces
• Analysing cyber security and data risk management for Finnish defence
• Working with industry partners to optimise safety for Finnish armed forces capabilities

Colonel Mano-Mikael Nokelainen

Colonel Mano-Mikael Nokelainen, Director, Finnish Defence Research Agency

16:30 The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program – Accelerating Concepts Safely for the Canadian Armed Forces

Mr Eric Fournier

Mr Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, DRDC - Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence

 • An overview of the IDEaS Program
• The Canadian perspective to safety with innovation – Successes and lessons learned
• Building a safe innovation ecosystem with enterprise and academia
• Ensuring safety whilst rapidly innovating new technologies such as RPAS, AI and Counter UAS

17:00 Strengthening Defence Innovation and Rapid Technology Adoption for the Norwegian Armed Forces through ICE Worx Arctic

• The Norwegian defence innovation model
• An overview of FFI’s new innovation construct ICE worx Arctic
• Key arenas for defence innovation being developed by FFI – Unmanned and autonomous systems, command and control, 5G, decision support, artificial intelligence, space technology
• The importance of cooperation and partnership with the Norwegian defence industry for fast but safe defence innovation

Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk

Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk, Research Director, Innovation and Industrial Development, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
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17:30 Gravity Industries – Innovation, Enterprise and Safety

Mr Richard Browning

Mr Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd
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• The Gravity Jet Suit – Timeline for development and current capabilities
• Understanding the safety and risk considerations for pushing the boundaries of innovation
• Military and civil applications for the system and future partnerships with industry

18:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force
Air Marshal Steve Shell

Air Marshal Steve Shell

Director General, Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD
Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie

Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie

Director, Military Aviation Authority (MAA), UK MoD
Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Director General Landworthiness, Australian Army
Brigadier General Gene Meredith

Brigadier General Gene Meredith

Director of Army Safety and Commanding General, US Army Combat Readiness Center
Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt

Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt

Director General, Defence Inspectorate for Medicine & Environmental Health, Swedish Armed Forces
Colonel Graham Livingstone

Colonel Graham Livingstone

Chief Army Safety, British Army
Colonel Mark Bortnem

Colonel Mark Bortnem

Director, USMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps
Colonel Renzo Versteeg

Colonel Renzo Versteeg

Head of Army Safety, Royal Netherlands Army
Commodore Stuart Henderson

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Navy Safety Director, Royal Navy
Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr

Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr

Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOTE), Department of Defense
Major General Dick Van Ingen

Major General Dick Van Ingen

Director of Occupational Health & Safety Policy, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Mr David King

Mr David King

Director Health, Safety and Environmental Protection, UK MoD
Mr James Gavin

Mr James Gavin

Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr Laurence Lee

Mr Laurence Lee

Second Permanent Secretary, UK MoD
Mr Richard Browning

Mr Richard Browning

Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd
Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk

Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk

Research Director, Innovation and Industrial Development, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Rear Admiral James Parkin

Rear Admiral James Parkin

Director Develop, Royal Navy
The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly

The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, US Department of Defense
Vice Admiral Andrew Burns

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns

Fleet Commander, Royal Navy

Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Commodore Joseph Medved

Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Inspector of Safety, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Sam Sansome

Air Cdre Sam Sansome joined the RAF in 1986 as a University Cadet. After 3 years at Loughborough University studying Engineering Science and Technology he attended RAF College Cranwell for Initial Officer Training – graduating in March 1990.

Following Engineering Officer Training, his first tour was as JEngO XV Sqn on Tornado GR1 ac at RAF Laarbruch. After tours at RAF Lossiemouth (Buccaneer, Hunter and Tornado), RAF Strike Command (Tornado Role Office) and RAF Wyton (Harrier Fleet Manager) and an operational detachment to Riyadh, he was promoted to Sqn Ldr in Nov 1998 and appointed as the structural Engineering Authority for all marks of Tornado aircraft.

In 2001 he took up the post of OC Aircraft Engineering Squadron at RAF Benson, working on Puma and Merlin helicopters, where he also acted as OC Engineering and Supply Wing for a 7 month period during Op TELIC. On completion of his command tour he moved to the Personnel Management Agency where he was the Desk Officer for Squadron Leader Engineers.

In Jul 2004 he was selected for Staff College, but opted instead to attend Henley Management College graduating with an Executive Full-time MBA. He was promoted to Wing Commander during the MBA course and posted to a future capability post in Headquarters 2 Group in September 2005 where he had logistics and engineering responsibility for all 2 Group future platforms, both ISTAR and AT/AAR and including the REAPER UAV, A400M and Shadow R1.

In June 2008 he was posted to RAF Brize Norton as OC Forward Support Wing. Following his command tour he became the Command Planner at PJHQ at Northwood, managing the transition of its planning functions to Joint Forces Command. After a further spell as a Manning Desk Officer, this time for wing commander engineers and suppliers, he was promoted in 2012 and took up appointment at DE&S Abbey Wood as Team Leader of Chief of Materiel Joint Enablers’ Customer Support Team. On 27 Jun 2016 he returned to Air Command and to 2 Gp, this time as Chief Air Engineer and Gp Capt Support. On 1 March 2021 he transferred to the RAF Reserves on promotion to Air Cdre and took up post as Inspector of Safety RAF – the first non-aircrew officer to lead the RAF Safety Centre.

Air Cdre Sansome is married to Louise and has 2 children, Millie and Thomas. His family home is in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He is a qualified swimming official and until recently was Chairman of Wycombe District Swimming Club, one of the top swimming teams in the country.

Air Marshal Steve Shell

Director General, Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD
Air Marshal Steve Shell

Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie

Director, Military Aviation Authority (MAA), UK MoD
Air Vice Marshal Alan Gillespie

Air Vice-Marshal Al Gillespie joined the RAF in July 1988 as a University Cadet and completed his BSc(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering the following year. He spent 10 years flying as a Qualified Weapons Instructor Navigator on the Tornado F3, supporting Operations DENY FLIGHT (Balkans) and RESINATE(S) (Iraq) as well as holding Quick Reaction Alert in the UK and Falkland Islands.

He completed staff tours in the Defence Intelligence Staff and MOD Directorate of Strategic Plans and a tour as the Chief of Combat Operations in the USAF Central Command Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) (Qatar) as UK forces withdrew from Basra. Gillespie took command of 23 Squadron (E-3D AWACS) in July 2008 and, on promotion to group captain in October 2009, deployed to Bastion Airfield to assume command of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing as the USMC expanded into Helmand, culminating in support to Op MOSHTARAK. After a staff appointment in HQ Air Command as Group Captain ISTAR, Gillespie assumed command of RAF Waddington, the RAF’s ISTAR hub; he oversaw the introduction of UK-based remotely-piloted air operations over Afghanistan.

On promotion to air commodore, he returned to Al Udeid, Qatar as the UK Air Component Commander and Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group, with responsibility for UK air operations across the region and the orderly withdrawal of UK Air Power from Afghanistan. In June 2015, Gillespie became the Battlespace Management Force Commander within Headquarters Number 1 Group and in June 2017 was appointed as the Head of the Air Transformation Programme.

After graduating from the Royal College of Defence Studies, Air Vice Marshal Gillespie commanded Number 2 Group from October 2019 to October 2021. He was appointed Director of the UK Military Aviation Authority in December 2021.

Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Director General Landworthiness, Australian Army
Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Brigadier General Gene Meredith

Director of Army Safety and Commanding General, US Army Combat Readiness Center
Brigadier General Gene Meredith

Brigadier General Gene Meredith graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He joined 8th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea for 2 years, followed by an assignment with 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, serving as the Battalion FSO, Plans Officer, and subsequently commanding C Battery and Headquarters Battery.

Following attendance at the Command and General Staff College, BG Meredith was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy. From there, he moved to Germany and served with the 1st Armored Division as an Assistant Fire Support Coordinator. He would then deploy as the Battalion Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I and II, and as the Division Artillery Executive Officer in Germany.

BG Meredith's next assignment was to Special Operations Command Europe as the FSO, Ground Branch Operations Officer deployed to Afghanistan, and the Secretary Joint Staff. He returned to Fort Bragg to command the 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to Afghanistan.

Upon graduation from the Air War College he moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma to serve as the Chief of Field Artillery Concepts and commanded the 428th Field Artillery Brigade. He followed this with a posting as the Chief of the Commander's Initiatives Group United States Forces Korea before returning to Europe where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and EUCOM Commander. A return to Korea saw him join 2nd Infantry Division as the Deputy Commanding General of Maneuver, before joining the 3rd United Kingdom Warfighting Division in June 2020.

He is married to the former Mrs. Sam-Hyang Hong and they have two English Bull Terriers, Mimi and Jimmy, that they enjoy spending time and traveling with. His interests and hobbies include motorcycles, cars, photography, and airborne history.

Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt

Director General, Defence Inspectorate for Medicine & Environmental Health, Swedish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Pierre Campenfeldt

In 1993, Pierre did his mandatory military service as an army ranger and a combat medic in the Swedish Lapland in the Swedish Armed Forces. He found the medical training so interesting that he began study medicine the same year his service ended. He graduated from medical school in year 2000.

He did his residency in orthopedic surgery and became a senior consultant in 2012. By time, he became interested in leadership and did a career as a manager at different levels at the hospital. His final position before leaving the health care section was the head of the surgical and medical division at Norrtalje Hospital in Stockholm.

In 2016, the Swedish Government appointed Pierre to Surgeon General in the Swedish Armed Forces. In 2017, the Government changed the nomenclature of the position to Defence Inspectorate for Medicine and Environmental Health in which Pierre today is the director general.

Pierre is still an active researcher at Karolinska Institute and defended his theses “Fracture healing, functional outcome and health related quality of life in younger patients with a femoral neck fracture“, in 2020. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two teenage daughters and enjoys training, hunting and traveling in his spare time.

Colonel Graham Livingstone

Chief Army Safety, British Army
Colonel Graham Livingstone

Colonel Mark Bortnem

Director, USMC Safety Division, United States Marine Corps
Colonel Mark Bortnem

Colonel Renzo Versteeg

Head of Army Safety, Royal Netherlands Army
Colonel Renzo Versteeg

Commodore Stuart Henderson

Navy Safety Director, Royal Navy
Commodore Stuart Henderson

Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr

Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOTE), Department of Defense
Dr Raymond D O'Toole Jr

Dr. O’Toole was appointed Principal Deputy Director, Operational Test and Evaluation on February 16, 2020. In this capacity, he is the principal staff assistant to the Director for all functional areas assigned to the office. He participates in formulation, advocacy, and oversight of Defense Department test and evaluation policies, as well as development and implementation of test and test resource programs. He supports the Director in the planning, conduct, evaluation, and reporting of operational and live fire testing. He also serves as the Appropriations Director and Comptroller for the Operational Test and Evaluation, Defense appropriation, and the principal advisor to the Director on all Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System matters. Dr. O’Toole was Acting Director from January 20, 2021, until December 19, 2021.

Prior to becoming Principal Deputy Director, Dr. O’Toole was DOT&E’s Deputy Director for Naval Warfare. In this capacity, he oversaw the operational and live-fire testing of ships and submarines and their associated sensors, combat and communications systems, and weapons. He also was responsible for overseeing the adequacy of test infrastructure and resources to support operational and live-fire testing for all acquisition programs across the Defense Department.

Before joining DOT&E, Dr. O'Toole was the Deputy Group Director of Aircraft Carrier Design and Systems Engineering at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Prior to that, he was the Director of Systems Engineering Division (Submarines and Undersea Systems), where he led a diverse team of engineers who supported all submarine program managers. His other NAVSEA assignments included ship design manager and Navy technical authority for USS VIRGINIA Class submarines during the design and new construction phases; and for amphibious ships, auxiliary ships, and command and control ships during in-service operations.

Dr. O'Toole’s other previous positions within the Defense Department include Deputy Program Executive Officer (Maritime and Rotary Wing) at U.S. Special Operations Acquisition Command, staff to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (Ship Programs), and Deputy Director of Regional Maintenance for COMPACFLT (N43).

Dr. O'Toole has more than 30 years of experience as a naval officer (active and reserve), retiring at the rank of captain. His significant tours included five as commanding officer.

Dr. Raymond D. O'Toole, Jr. is a native of Long Island, NY, and a graduate of the State University of New York - Maritime College, where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering in marine engineering. He also holds a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Doctorate in Engineering in the field of engineering management from The George Washington University, where he is now a professional lecturer of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. He has received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Department of the Navy Meritorious and Superior Civilian awards.

Major General Dick Van Ingen

Director of Occupational Health & Safety Policy, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Major General Dick Van Ingen

Mr David King

Director Health, Safety and Environmental Protection, UK MoD
Mr David King

Mr James Gavin

Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
Mr James Gavin

Mr Laurence Lee

Second Permanent Secretary, UK MoD
Mr Laurence Lee

Mr Richard Browning

Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd
Mr Richard Browning

Gravity Industries designs, builds and flies Jet Suits, pioneering a new era of human flight. The company was founded in March 2017 to challenge the perceived boundaries in human aviation and to inspire others to dare to ask “What if?”.
Prior to founding Gravity, Richard was a Royal Marines reservist for six years and an Oil Trader with BP for 16 years. He developed business in many countries including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Russia and conducted trade relations with many more.
He discovered and implemented major new technologies in BP including turning a $30k ground-breaking trade flow analytics (ship tracking) platform into an award-winning venture, winning the BP Group innovation Award and generating in excess of $50m within the first 3 months. This platform is still at the heart of the global commodity industry to this day. Richard has also been a key participant and investor in a number of successful start-up ventures externally and is a passionate STEM advocate.
Gravity has to date been experienced by over one billion people globally with Richard and his cohort of pilots completing over 150 flight events around the world and speaking at dozens of events from TED Talks to XPrize.
When he is not flying around the world, Richard is in Salisbury with his wife Debbie and their two children, Oliver and Thomas, kayaking and camping amongst other things.

Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk

Research Director, Innovation and Industrial Development, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Mrs Hanne Marit Bjørk

Hanne Marit Bjørk is Director of the Innovation and Industrial Development Division at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI). She holds a Master of Science degree in industrial mathematics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) and a Master in management science from the Southampton university in the UK. Her expertise and areas of responsibility are linked to innovation and technology development, commercialization and industrial development and acquisition for the Norwegian Armed Forces. She has also experience from R&D and innovation within renewable and sustainable energy technologies.

Hanne Bjørk joined FFI in 2001. She has 20 years of experience with R&D and innovation related to defense and energy, including 15 years in various leadership roles. She was head of FFIs Strategy and Planning (2009–2012) and led Statkraft’s R&D programs within renewable energy (2012–2017) before returning to FFI in 2017. She has held her current position since 2018 and is responsible for the initiation and development for an entirely new research department for innovation and industrial development at FFI. This includes the establishment of ICE worx innovation center.

Rear Admiral James Parkin

Director Develop, Royal Navy
Rear Admiral James Parkin

The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, US Department of Defense
The Honorable Shawn G. Skelly

Vice Admiral Andrew Burns

Fleet Commander, Royal Navy
Vice Admiral Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns was appointed Fleet Commander in September 2021 and commands all operational arms of the Royal Navy (Surface Flotilla, Submarine Flotilla, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary). This includes their generation for task and operational effectiveness. He is the Chief Naval Warfare Officer and the Gender Advocate for the Royal Navy.

Educated at the Portsmouth Grammar and Sherborne Schools, he joined the Royal Navy in 1989 as a University Cadet, subsequently graduating in geography from the University of Durham. As a junior officer he qualified as a Bridge Watch-keeping Officer, Fighter Controller and Principal Warfare Officer and saw service on operations across the world in destroyers, a frigate and an aircraft carrier.

He has been privileged to command the mine countermeasures vessel HMS Berkeley, the frigate HMS Somerset and the amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark. He was appointed OBE in 2015. Promoted to Commodore, he commanded the Amphibious Task Group, which included a period in command of the US Fifth Fleet Combined Task Force 50 as the Principal Warfighting Commander. More recently, he was Commander United Kingdom Strike Force, the Royal Navy’s deployable 2* operational commander, and Rear Admiral Surface Ships, the head of the Surface Flotilla Fighting Arm.

Shore appointments have included: the National Contingent Headquarters for Operation TELIC; the Multinational Force Headquarters (Baghdad); Directorates of Special Forces and Strategic Plans in the Ministry of Defence; Commander Sea Training; Joint Forces Command as the Principal Staff Officer to the Commander; Assistant Chief of Staff Ships in NCHQ; and latterly, Director Develop, responsible for the future design and capability of the Royal Navy. He was appointed CB in 2021.

He has attended the Royal College of Defence Studies as an Associate Member and is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (MA in Defence Studies, King’s College London) and the Higher Command and Staff Course. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme, Pembroke College, University of Oxford and is a graduate of the US Combined Forces Maritime Component Commanders Course and the UK/US Rising Leaders Course.

Andrew Burns is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Managers, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers. He is a trustee of The Naval Review and the Devon Wildlife Trust, Vice President of the Royal Navy Rugby Union and a Patron of Junior Field Gun. He has a wide range of other interests and has maintained his enthusiasm for team sports.

He is married to Wendy and they have a 15-year old son; their home is on Dartmoor, which they share with their two Jack Russell terriers.

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


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Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world


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Armada International

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ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


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Copthorne Tara Hotel

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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