26 Mar 2021

An introduction to Defence & Security with the Early Tech Career Network

techUK’s virtual Early Tech Career Network event provided attendees with key insights on defence, national security, data, and importantly discussed how to get involved in all three.

The Early Tech Career Network was established by techUK to bring together leading technology companies and enable people entering the tech industry the opportunity to build their knowledge and add value to the organisations for which they work.

Phil Lathaen, Defence Chief Technologist at DXC Technology kicked off the session explaining his role in looking at how technology can be utilised to meet business needs, and his career journey to this role. Marsia Brancken who works as a Portfolio Director at Mastek discussed the skills needed for digital data and technology roles, sitting across Military, Civilian and Supply Chains. Mastek’s Steve Latchem, Executive Director for UK Government & Health also spoke about the different areas of defence and the national security implications.

Find out about previous Early Tech Career Network events which provided an Intro to Data EthicsIntro to IoT, & Intro to Cyber Security. If you belong to a techUK Member Company and you’re interested in getting involved or would like further information, please get in touch with Nimmi Patel – we’ll put you on a mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on registering as spaces fill up fast.


Speakers from Mastek were found through Sanderson Government & Defence, who deliver key recruitment solutions into Central Government, MoD and Public Sector. Sanderson has been working closely with Mastek since 2020 to assist them with their recruitment endeavour, enabling them to continue to help their clients in the Public Sector to recover, modernise and create digital services to meet the needs of the UK.

Every day, over a million people across the UK use services that run on technology delivered by Mastek. Its solutions are critical to how various public services and numerous businesses operate on a daily basis. The company’s work supports major events in the lives of citizens and is critical to the operations of various public services and numerous retail and financial services businesses. If you would like to find out more details about Mastek and the opportunities available, please email your interest to [email protected] quoting ‘techUK’ in the subject line.

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Nimmi Patel is the Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.

She works on all things skills policy, focusing on upskilling and retrain. She is committed to embedding diversity in the UK tech pipeline from classroom to boardroom working with partners such as the Tech Talent Charter and the WISE Campaign. Nimmi also leads techUK’s immigration work, collaborating with techUK members and stakeholders to create an environment that attracts the best talent to the UK.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.

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