Results of techUK Defence Programme elections announced

techUK is delighted to announce the results of the 2022 Defence Programme elections.

Nominations and voting for the techUK Defence & Security Board and Defence Programme Forums took place over the summer, with a record number of techUK members standing for election. The current term for those successfully elected is 2 years, with the next elections scheduled for summer 2024. 

The Defence & Security Board is composed of 30 techUK members, including 5 SME representatives and 25 larger companies. The Board brings together a broad group of industry leaders from across Defence and National Security, who will champion industry's interests and drive an ambitious programme of activity between techUK and its stakeholders across Defence and National Security. The Defence & Security Board will act as the voice of the wider techUK Defence & National Security membership, and it's primariy focus is to address strategic concerns that impact the Defence and National Security technology sectors. 

The Defence Programme Forums each focus on specific areas of Defence where techUK members have an interest in engaging with key stakeholders. Each Forum runs a series of briefings and webinars throughout the year, and is governed by elected Chairs and Vice Chairs. The Forum Chairs attend Defence & Security Board meetings to provide an update on Forum activities and to seek Board approval and guidance when necessary. 

The results of the election are as follows:

Defence & Security Board

Board Member Board Representative Company Role
2iC Graham Booth CEO
Adarga Rob Bassett-Cross CEO
Airbus Defence & Space Richard Budd Head of Secure Communications, UK, US & Australia
Atkins Tony Burgess Client Director UK Strategic Command, Aerospace & Defence
BAE Systems Richard Checkley Digital Intelligence, C5ISR Managing Director
Becrypt Bernard Parsons CEO
BT Defence Jonathan Cole Defence Director
Capgemini Ian Kane Director Defence Account
CGI Neil Timms Senior Vice President & Business Unit Leader UK & Australia, Space, Defence & Intelligence
Cisco James Dunne Head of National Security & Defence
DXC Technology Paul O'Shaughnessy Account Executive, UK MOD
Fujitsu Tim Gibson Vice President , European Defence Advisor
General Dynamics Mission Systems John Hiorns Director, C4I Programmes & Customer Liaison
IBM Ed Gillett Partner, Client Partner UK Public Sector
Jacobs Mark Gittins Growth & Strategy Director
L3 Harris Ian Menzies Vice President and General Manager, Intelligence & Cyber International
Leidos Nick Hartley Business Development Director, Defence
Leonardo Philip Pratley Director Trade & External Relations
Lockheed Martin Emlyn Taylor Managing Director, Rotary & Mission Systems
Microsoft  Jeremy Poulter Business Development & Solutions Director, Defence & National Security
Nexor Steve Kingan Executive Chairman
Northrop Grumman Graham Le Fevre C&I Business Development Manager
Prolinx Martin Flather Business Development Director, Defence & Security
QinetiQ Dwayne Doherty Cyber & CEMA, UK Intelligence
Raytheon Gillian Dowds Head of C41
Roke Barry Roberts Head of Defence Digital
SecureCloud+ Steven Mills Chief of Staff, Business Services
Sopra Steria Sue-Ellen Wright Managing Director, Defence & Security
Thales Steve Murray VP Strategy & Marketing


Defence & Security SME Forum

Defence & Security SME Forum Chair Company Role Company
Graham Booth CEO 2iC
Defence & Security SME Forum Vice Chair Company Role Company
Andrew Dixon Managing Director SVGC


Defence Commercial Business Forum

Defence Commercial Business Forum Chair Company Role Company
Ann Ibbotson Head of Commercial L3 Harris
Defence Commercial Business Forum Vice Chair  Company Role Company
Sue Elderfield Commercial Director QinetiQ


Defence Research & Technology Forum

Defence Research & Technology Forum Chair Company Role Company
Matthew Albans Technical Director L3 Harris
Defence Research & Technology Forum Vice Chair Company Role Company
Stephanie Eden Technology, Development and Innovation Manager Airbus Defence & Space


Information Superiority Forum

Information Superiority Forum Chair Company Role Company
Nick Hartley Business Development Director, Defence Leidos
Information Superiority Forum Vice Chairs Company Role Company
Chris Lewis Head of Future Business Defence Equipment
Land Centre
John Philliban

Strategy & Political Affairs Director, Space, Defence & Intelligence



Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK

Freddie MacSwiney

Programme Manager - Defence and Cyber, techUK

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, National Security, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK


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