As an organisation, QinetiQ is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion of all individuals and supply chain communities, both domestically and internationally. These values are highlighted in our Supplier Code of Conduct:
“[QinetiQ] Support and promote both workplace diversity, supplier diversity and inclusion to ensure employees, suppliers, customers and partners are valued and treated with dignity and respect”.

Supplier diversity directly contributes towards delivering positive social value, as well as meeting Government small to medium sized enterprises (SME) agenda, supporting economic development of local communities, stimulating disruptive innovation, and sustaining market growth.

As a part of our QinetiQ Collaborate Series, we aim to encourage our supply chain to pursue these shared goals through collaborative learning and developing knowledge of good practice. The Fostering Diversity in our Supply Chains event will work towards increasing awareness around supplier diversity, with a focus on size, ownership and regional diversity from a broader perspective.

About this event:

This event will involve an open and free-flowing discussion on the topic of supplier diversity, with a focus on ownership, size and regional diversity. Through a series of questions to our panel of subject matter experts, we aim to provide knowledge on how to foster supplier diversity within our supply chains.

Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday 23rd February 2022
  • Time: 11:00am -12:00pm GMT
  • Platform: Virtually via Cisco WebEx
    Further details will be emailed to you after registration


  • Dr Sam Healy - Group Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability - QinetiQ
    Sam is responsible for CR&S strategy and the delivery of a broad range of programmes across the QinetiQ Group including ethics, diversity and inclusion, STEM outreach, climate change, stakeholder engagement and public reporting on CR&S issues. Sam is Chair of the ADS Sustainability Working Group and is on the Board of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), focusing on the continued professional development of CR&S practitioners.

  • Mayank Shah - CEO of MSDUK (Minority Supplier Development UK)
    Before moving to the UK from India in 2000, Mayank ran a successful business for 16 years procuring steel and hardware for some of the largest OEMs and infrastructure projects in India. Mayank has an MBA from Leeds University and has conducted his doctoral research on supplier diversity; based on his vast business experience and passion to advocate for diverse and inclusive supply chains, Mayank founded MSDUK in 2006 and has now become a globally recognised supplier diversity advocacy network that is making a positive difference and promoting inclusive economic growth. 
  • Andrew Kinniburgh - Director General of Make UK Defence
    Andrew Kinniburgh,  has championed SME's and mid-tiers across land, sea, air and infrastructure; as an association Make UK defence supports SME's and mid-tiers towards growth and development of competitive advantages through the Competitive Advantage Programme (CAP).
  • Other panellists to be confirmed
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