Defence Equipment and Support


Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a trading entity and joint-defence organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence. It began operating on 2 April 2007, following the merger of the MoD's Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation, under the Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support.[1]

Defence Equipment and Support
Agency overview
Formed2 April 2007
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersMoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, England, United Kingdom
51°30′12″N 2°33′33″W / 51.5033°N 2.55917°W / 51.5033; -2.55917
Minister responsible
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence

DE&S initially had a civilian and military workforce of around 29,000 (77 per cent civilian and 23 per cent military) in the UK and abroad. As of 2022 the DE&S workforce had reduced to around 11,500[2] with the majority based at MoD Abbey Wood in Bristol.[3]

History edit

DE&S headquarters, Abbey Wood, Bristol

Defence Equipment and Support was established on 2 April 2007. It is overseen by the Minister of State for Defence Procurement. The organisation supports Strategic Command and the individual armed services through Navy Command, Army Headquarters and Headquarters Air Command.

Strategic governance edit

Defence Equipment and Support Board edit


Title Name Date
Chairman and Non-Executive Director Mark Russell 2019 –
MOD Permanent Secretary (PUS) David Williams 2021 –
Chief Executive Officer (DE&S) Andy Start 2022 –
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability) Lieutenant General Robert Magowan 2022 –

Mark Russell became chairman in November 2019.[4]

The Board provides strategic governance for DE&S and a robust forum for independent, non-executive support and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and the Executive Committee. The DE&S Board delegates some activities to sub-committees of the Board, namely the Audit, Remuneration, Programme Review and Nomination Committees. The Chairman ensures that the Board receives feedback on these sub-Committees and that it is able to consider their recommendations.[1]

Direction and oversight edit

Executive Committee Defence Equipment and Support edit


Title Name Start Date
Chief Executive Officer (DE&S) Andy Start September 2022
DG (Ships) Vice-Admiral Paul Marshall 2022
DG (Land) Chris Bushell 2020
DG (Air) Vice-Admiral Richard Thompson 2020
DG (Strategic Enablers) Adrian Baguley 2018
DG Commercial Andrew Forzani 2022
Finance Director David Johnson 2019
Director Human Resources Dr Jill Hatcher 2021
Director Strategy & Corporate Ops Kriahna Dhanak 2020

DE&S is led on a day-to-day basis by the Executive Committee, which consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Director Finance, Director Human Resources, Director Strategy & Corporate Operations, and five Director Generals who lead the delivery of the programme of work in their respective domains.[1]

Sub Committees edit

Includes: The following subordinate Committees provide specialised support to the Executive Committee.[1]

Business Case Review Committee
Innovation & Prosperity Committee
People Committee
Performance Committee
Safety Committee
Security Committee
Transformation Committee

Administration of DE&S and senior leadership edit

The organisation has been under the leadership of a civilian Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support since 2015.

Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support edit

Chief of Defence Materiel
Name Title Date held
General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue[6] Chief of Defence Materiel 2007 – 2010 [7]
Bernard Gray[8] Chief of Defence Materiel 2011 – 2015
Tony Douglas[1] CEO 2015 – 2018
Michael Bradley[9] CEO January 2018 – May 2018
Sir Simon Bollom[10] CEO May 2018 – August 2022
Andy Start[11] CEO September 2022 –

Director General for Air/Army/Navy/Strategic Enablers/Commercial/Resources edit

The Chiefs of Materiel (CofMs), now Director Generals (DGs), are responsible for managing key relationships with the Capability Sponsor and User. They work at the strategic level to make sure that the operational readiness and sustainability needs of the User are met.[12]

The DGs ensure an ethos of support to operations is in place to the User, throughout all DE&S activity.

Chief of Fleet Support edit

Chief of Materiel (Fleet)/Chief of Fleet Support/ [13][14][15]
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Trevor Soar[16] January 2007 – 2009
Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews 2009 – 2013
Vice Admiral Simon Lister[17][18] 2013 – 2017

Director General (Ships) edit

Chief of Materiel (Ships)
Name Date held
Sir Simon Bollom[12] 2017 – 2018
Vice Admiral Christopher Gardner[19] 2019 – present
Directorate of Ships Support edit
Director Ship Support
Name Date held
Neal Lawson[12] 2017 – 2020
Russell Brown [20] 2020 -
Directorate of Ships Acquisition edit
Director Ship Acquisition
Name Date held
Henry Parker[12] 2017 –

Chief of Materiel (Submarines) edit

This group now is part of the Submarine Delivery Agency.[21]

Chief Executive
Name Date held
Ian Booth[12] 2017 –
Chief of Materiel (Submarines), post renamed as Chief Executive Submarine Delivery Agency
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister[12] 2017 – 2017
Directorate of Submarine Acquisitions edit
Director Submarine Acquisition
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Paul Methven[12] 2017 –
Directorate of Submarines Support edit
Chief Strategic Systems Executive & Director Submarines Support
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Keith Beckett[12] 2017 –

Director General (Land) edit

Director General (Land)/Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Name Date held
Lieutenant General Dick Applegate[22] 16 January 2007[23] – 1 September 2009
Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward 1 September 2009[24] – May 2012
Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell May 2012 – 8 March 2016[25]
Lieutenant General Paul Jaques[12] 8 March 2016 – 7 December 2019[26]
Chris Bushell [20] 7 December 2019 – present
Directorate of Land Equipment edit
Director Land Equipment
Name Date held
Major-General Robert Talbot Rice[12] 2017 – 2017
Major-General Colin McClean[27] 2017 – 2019
Major-General Darren Crook[28] 2019 – present
Directorate of Weapons edit
Director Weapons
Name Date held
Richard Smart[12] 2017 – 2020
Ed Cutts [20] 2020 -

Director General (Air) edit

Director General (Air)
Name Date held
Air-Marshal Sir Barry Thornton[22] 1 April 2007 – 30 April 2009
Air-Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson 1 May 2009[29] – October 2012
Air-Marshal Simon Bollom October 2012 – April 2016
Air-Marshal Julian Young[12] April 2016 – September 2020
Vice-Admiral Richard Thompson[30] September 2020 – present
Directorate of Air Support edit
Director Air Support
Name Date held
Adrian Baguley[12] 2017 –
Richard Murray[12] 2019 –
Directorate of Combat Air edit
Director Combat Air
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Keith Bethell[12] 2017 –

Director General Strategic Enablers edit

Director General (Strategic Enablers=)
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler 1 May 2011 – 21 June 2011
Trevor Woolley 1 June 2011
Peter Worrall[12] October 2013 –
Adrian Baguley[12][20] July 2019 – present
Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target, Acquisition & Reconnaissance edit
Director ISTAR
Name Date held
Dr Simon Dakin[20] 2020 –
Directorate of Engineering & Safety edit
Director Engineering & Safety
Name Date held
Stephen Wilcock [20] 2020 – present
Directorate of Digital Information edit
Director Chief Digital Information Officer (CIO)
Name Date held
Nigel Shaw[20] 2020 –
Directorate of Programmes & Change edit
Director Programmes & Change
Name Date held
Simon Hughes[20] 2020 –
Directorate of Helicopters edit
Director Helicopters
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Graham Russell[12][20] 2017 –
Directorate of Support edit
Director Support
Name Date held
Steve Glass[20] 2020 –

Directorate-General (Commercial) edit

Director-General, Commercial
Name Date held
Nick Elliot[12] 2015 - 2020
Morag Stuart [20] 2020 -

Commercial Operations edit

Director DE&S Commercial Operations
Name Date held
Alan Peter[12] 2017 –
Phil Tozer[12][20] 2017 –

Commercial Capability edit

Director Commercial Capability
Name Date held
Mike Greatwich[12] 2017 –

Commercial Improvements edit

Director Commercial Improvements
Name Date held
Morag Stuart[12] 2017 – 2020
Graham Hyndman [20] 2020 -

Directorate-General (Resources) edit

Director-General, Resources
Name Date held
Michael Bradley[12] 2016 – 2018
David Johnson[12] 2019 – present
Financial Planning & Analysis edit
Director Financial Planning & Analysis
Name Date held
David Johnson[12] 2017 - 2019
Ann Underwood[12][20] 2017 –

Directorate Human Resources edit

Director Human Resources
Name Date held
Don Cuthbert[12] 2016
Daniel Griffiths[12] 2019 – present
Deputy Director HR Head of Function - HR edit
Deputy Director HR Head of Function - HR
Name Date held
Katie Sloggett[20] 2020 – present
HR Operations edit
Head of HR Operations
Name Date held
Scott Murray[20] 2020 – present
Performance & Reward edit
Head of Performance & Reward
Name Date held
Nick Jackson, interim[20] 2020 – present
Talent & Organisation Development edit
Head of Talent & Organisation Development
Name Date held
Amanda Lammonby[20] 2020 – present
HR (Strategic Enablers) edit
Head of HR (Strategic Enablers)
Name Date held
Ruth Moesby[20] 2020 – present
HR (Land) edit
Head of HR (Land)
Name Date held
Maureen Doherty[20] 2020 – present
HR (Air & Ships) edit
Head of HR (Air & Ships)
Name Date held
Rachel Tothill[20] 2020 – present
HR (Military Human Resources & Commanding Officer) edit
Head of HR (Military Human Resources & Commanding Officer)
Name Date held
Captain Nicholas Dodd[20] 2020 – present

Directorate Strategy & Change edit

Director Strategy & Change
Name Date held
Barry Burton[12] 2019 - 2020
Krishna Dhanak[20] 2020 -
International Relations Group edit
International Relations Group
Name Date held
Valerie Evans[12][20] 2019 – present
Corporate Communications edit
Corporate Communications
Name Date held
Dawn Cunningham-Martin[20] 2020 – present
COVID-19 Operations Cell edit
COVID-19 Operations Cell
Name Date held
Air Commodore Rob Woods[20] 2020 – present

Major projects edit

DE&S manages over 600 defence procurement and support programmes for the UK's armed services.[31] Examples of current and future procurement projects include:

Ships edit

Aircraft edit

Vehicles edit

Munitions edit

Other edit

Main locations edit

As of 2016 the main locations (with staff numbers) were:[33]

Responsibility for 'Logistics, Commodities and Services' (including storage and delivery of non-weaponry equipment, such as food and clothing, to soldiers)[34] was contracted out to the private sector in 2015 under an arrangement that included the transfer of 1,100 staff and construction of a new 'Defence Fulfilment Centre' at MoD Donnington.[33]

References edit

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Attribution edit

This article contains text from this source: © Crown copyright, which is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0

External links edit

  • Defence Equipment Support Home
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  • Defence Equipment Support Organisation Structure