Corporate Partner Briefing by Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, Ministry of Defence

1 July 2014

Royal Aeronautical Society

Corporate Partner Event

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A perspective from the Chief of Defence Materiel on the new DE&S entity, implementation plans and how industry might be affected.

16.30 hrs Registration and refreshments
17.00 hrs Briefing and discussion
18.00 hrs Reception
19.00 hrs Close


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Speaker Details

Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, Ministry of Defence

Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, Ministry of Defence

Bernard Gray has been Chief of Defence Materiel at the Ministry of Defence since January 2011. As Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), he is responsible for the MoD’s £17bn equipment programme. Bernard leads a multi-faceted organisation of 17,000 people responsible for activities as diverse as delivery of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the Defence Postal Service.  Bernard is a member of the Defence Board, the UK’s Armed Forces Committee, and is the UK National Armament Director, responsible for representing the country internationally on all defence equipment issues.

Bernard is the author of the “Report on Acquisition”, prepared for the then Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton in 2009, a highly-regarded work that has been widely discussed as a seminal analysis of the issues in defence acquisition both within the UK and internationally. He has a 20-year association with defence, which has included spells as a Special Adviser to George Robertson, Secretary of State for Defence from 1997-1999, and as Defence Correspondent of the Financial Times from 1994-1997.

Bernard read Chemistry at Oxford University, with a research specialism in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He began his career working for the Atomic Energy Authority in the field of fast breeder reactor technology. Thereafter he spent five years in investment banking, working in London and New York for Banks Trust and Chase Manhattan. For the past decade Bernard has spent much of the time in the private sector, principally in the telecoms and media industries. He was Strategy Director of United Business Media, and was centrally involved in the proposed Carlton-UBM merger to create a single ITV company.

As Chief Executive of CMP Information, the UK publishing division of United Business Media, and as Chief Executive and latterly Chairman of TSL Education, a private-equity backed publishing house, his role involved substantial corporate turnarounds of troubled organisations to create highly successful enterprises. He has also acted as a non-executive director of Five, the UK broadcaster, and of Cable & Wireless, where he was also chairman of the remuneration committee.


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