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Defence & Security SME Forum: SME Networking Session on Data in Defence

Our next SME Networking Session will be held at techUK offices, the techUK Defence and Security SME group will provide an update on SME activities across Defence.

This session will also provide an opportunity for SMEs to pitch on the subject of Data in Defence & Security, pitching their products to each other, in the hope of promoting collaboration between SMEs and fostering familiarity with each other’s company.

In this session of 2023, we have ten 5 minute slots available for SMEs ONLY to pitch their Data product's. If you would like to take one of these slots, please get in touch with [email protected]. This networking session is run every quarter going forward, so please don’t worry if you are unable to secure a slot this time round.

A full agenda can be found below.


  • 1400 - Introduction – 10 mins (Freddie)
  • 1410 - First five pitches – 5 mins each
  • 1440 -  Comfort break
  • 1450 - Second five pitches – 5 mins each
  • 1520 - Brief from Key Speaker, John Kite, Supplier Relations Team Leader at Ministry of Defence 
  • 1550 - Closing Remarks – 10 mins (Graham)
  • 1600 - Session Ends 
  • 1600 - 1700 – Drinks / Networking off site
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

Defence Programme

The Defence Programme works to help the UK’s Defence technology sector align itself with the MOD, specifically with the department’s Defence Digital organisation. The programme aims to help the sector remain at the forefront of technology exploitation. Our members play a vital role in supporting the MOD to procure digital technologies in a way that generates added value for end-users across the Defence ecosystem, from internal business functions to frontline operations.

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Defence and Security SME Forum

The DSMEF is comprised of SME companies from the techUK membership. The DSMEF seeks to include a broad grouping of different SME companies working in the Defence & Security (D&S) sectors.

Chair: Graham Booth, 2iC

Vice-Chair: Andrew Dixon, SVGC

Defence Commercial Business Forum

The Defence Commercial Business Forum (DCBF) provides a conduit for the Commercial professional community within the techUK membership to engage with their Commercial counterparts and other stakeholders within Her Majesty’s Government (HMG), principally with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and in particular Defence Digital.

Chair: Ann Ibbotson, L3Harris

Vice-Chair: Sue Elderfield, QinetiQ

Defence Research and Technology Forum

The Defence Research & Technology Forum (DRTF) represents the interests of techUK members to Defence stakeholders involved in the funding, and conduct of Research & Technology within the UK Defence markets. The DRTF assists the MOD in the formulation of effective R&T policy and brings greater Government awareness to the capabilities that exist within the UK technology industry.

Chair: Matt Albans, L3Harris ASV

Vice-Chair: Stephanie Eden, Airbus

Information Superiority Forum

The Information Superiority Forum (ISF) looks at information superiority (IS) across the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The ISF leads on engagement with the MOD's FLCs and across the department's Defence Digital organisation. The Forum gives techUK members insight into the future strategies of key stakeholders in the MOD's the information community.

Chair: Nick Hartley, Leidos

Vice-Chair: Chris Lewis, Babcock

Vice-Chair: John Philliban, CGI

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techUK members – we are calling on you to nominate a colleague who has made a significant contribution or positive difference to People, Society, the Economy, or the Planet through their work with technology.

Can you think of someone you'd like to nominate for our inaugural President's Awards? Nominations close on 26 April.

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