Corporate Partner Briefing: Partnering with UK MOD to deliver weapon capability now and into the future

8 November 2017

Royal Aeronautical Society

Corporate Partner Event

Please note:  Attendance at this event is strictly exclusive to Royal Aeronautical Society Corporate Partners.

This two part talk will firstly provide an explanation of the mechanism and benefits of the UK MoD - MBDA Portfolio Management Agreement (PMA) and how it delivers more military capability than traditional acquisition approaches. Secondly it will cover the output of the PMA giving an overview of leading weapon capability to counter modern day threats.


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

Speaker Details

Mr Keith Garden BA FRAeS, Portfolio Programme Director & Deputy MD UK, MBDA Missile Systems

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Keith Garden joined British Aerospace Army Weapons Division (one of the MBDA predecessor companies) in 1985 as a Systems Engineer.  He has a Degree in Electronic Engineering and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Following a series of technical management posts Keith was appointed in 1994 as Chief Engineer for the Rapier short range air defence family of weapons systems.  In 1999 he took over as Head of Air Defence projects for both the UK and French businesses and upon the formation of MBDA in late 2001 he was appointed Head of Weapon Engineering.  In addition to a wide variety of technical and business roles, Keith was also responsible for the creation of a corporate university operating across France, Italy and the UK to enhance and develop technical skills within the company.

In January 2005 Keith was appointed to the post of Director, Customer Support & Services UK with responsibility for the MBDA in-service support business for products delivered to the UK Armed Forces.

Keith was appointed Deputy Managing Director UK in January 2008 and has led the Company's Team Complex Weapons activities in response to the UK MOD's Defence Industrial Strategy, leading to the signature of a Portfolio Management Agreement in March 2010.

In July 2012 Keith was appointed to the combined role of Portfolio Programme Director and Deputy Managing Director UK and assumed leadership of the UK MoD-MBDA Portfolio Agreement in addition to his previous responsibilities.

Rear Admiral Simon Charlier CBE FRAeS, Senior Defence & Political Adviser UK, MBDA Missile Systems

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Rear Admiral Simon Charlier joined the Royal Navy in 1978 at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  His appointments as a Midshipman were spent in Her Majesty's Ships SIRIUS, BRINTON and BRISTOL.

In 1979 he joined HMS STUBBINGTON followed by a further sea appointment in HMS APOLLO during the Falklands Campaign in 1982.  Awarded his pilot's wings in 1983 he subsequently joined 829 Naval Air Squadron to fly the WASP and LYNX helicopters.  His flying posts included serving as Flight Commander in HMS AJAX, HMS ROTHESAY, HMS GALATEA and finally, in 1986, HMS NEWCASTLE.

In 1989 he took his first command in HMS SHERATON deploying to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.  In 1991 he moved to the Ministry of Defence to work for the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.

Rear Admiral Charlier returned to flying the Lynx helicopter in 1992, as Senior Pilot of 815 Squadron. After completing the Royal Naval Staff course at Greenwich in 1995, he took command of the Frigate HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, deploying to the South Atlantic, followed by 7 months in NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.

After a short spell on the Staff of Flag Officer Naval Aviation running the aviation programme, Rear Admiral Charlier returned to the Ministry of Defence when he joined the Directorate of Naval Plans and Programmes in October 1998. This was followed by a post as Assistant Director in the NATO and European Policy Group in May 2000, on promotion to Captain. In 2002 Rear Admiral Charlier took command of HMS CORNWALL as Flag ship to NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic with deployments to the Mediterranean, Baltic, Russia and the USA.

Following this period of ship command, he returned to his flying roots in the post of Commodore Fleet Air Arm and Assistant Chief of Staff (Aviation) in 2004. In 2006 he was appointed as Aide de Camp to Her Majesty The Queen and became Fleet ACOS (Resources & Plans) managing the £3.2 Bn RN budget. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 2008 as CINC Fleet’s Chief of Staff (Aviation) he once again commanded the Fleet Air Arm and was responsible for generating the RN aviation and UK Aircraft Carrier capability, delivering the centenary Celebrations marking 100 years since formation of the Fleet Air Arm. His final post in the Royal Navy was Director Operations in the Military Aviation Authority establishing the first regulatory body for all Military Aviation where he was subsequently awarded the CBE. He joined MBDA as the Senior Defence and Political Adviser (UK) in 2013.

Simon is a Freeman of the City of London, Fellow of the RAeS, Upper Freeman of GAPAN and Chairman of the FAA OA.


To register

Attendance at Corporate Partner Briefings is a complimentary benefit of RAeS Corporate membership. To register you must be employed by a company or an organisation that is a Corporate Partner of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


Royal Aeronautical Society

No.4 Hamilton Place
London W1J 7BQ

Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation, we suggest you take advantage of preferential rates offered to RAeS delegates at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel.

Alternatively, please click here for details of other hotels close to the venue.


Gail Ward, Corporate & Society Events Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1491 629 912