10 December 2020 10am – 5pm Conference Online

On 10 December Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw will be launching his Defence Support Strategy

With the advent of the Defence Support Operating Model, (DSOM), in April 2020 and the appointment of Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw as Chief of Defence Logistics and Support, (CDLS), UK Defence has a new functional owner for Support. This fundamentally changes and elevates the management of all aspects of logistics management and support engineering under one strategic leader.

Since his appointment CDLS has been busy consulting widely on what the future of Defence Support should look like and he is now ready to share his strategic vision with Industry.

We are, therefore, delighted to be able to invite you to a virtual event to launch the Defence Support Strategy on the 10th of December. The event will be cohosted by MOD Strategic Command, techUK and Team Defence Information.

In addition to Lt Gen Wardlaw there will be a number of speakers from industry and other parts of the MOD giving different perspectives on the strategy. We can already confirm that Dr Jon Hall from Babcock International, Steve Rigsby the MD of Allan Webb and Paul Hudson from Fujitsu will be speaking. Other speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks. There will be ample opportunities to raise questions and have them answered by the speakers.

Event Details

Date: 10 December 2020 

Timings: 10:00 - 17:00 


Member rate - £30+VAT 

Non-member rate - £100+VAT 

Public sector rate - Free

Please contact [email protected] if you need any help booking your place. 

Headline Sponsor

Leidos is a Fortune 500 global IT, engineering and science business with over 38,000 employees worldwide and 1,100 in the UK. Our vision is to become the global leader in the integration and application of information technology, engineering and science to solve our customers' most demanding challenges.

Leidos UK is a strategic supplier to the UK and Scottish governments and a leader in IT solutions to the national security, defence, transport, logistics and energy sectors.  Key programmes include transforming the biometrics capabilities for the Home Office, digital services at the border and implementing a new command and control system for the Met Police. We also manage the flagship £6.5bn Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation Programme for the UK Ministry of Defence, implementing technological advancements for one of the world’s foremost military operations whilst generating millions in savings for Government. Find our more at https://www.leidos.com/company/global/uk-europe. 


Please note that the agenda may be subject to change: 





Introductory Remarks


Simon Fovargue, Chief Executive, Leidos UK and Europe



MOD Defence Support Strategy

Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw, MOD Chief of Defence Logistics and Support,



A Prime Contractor perspective

John Lawson, Chief Information Officer, BAE Systems




Master of ceremonies TBC 

11:50- 12:30



MOD Defence Digital perspective

Speaker to be confirmed


MOD Defence Equipment and Support Response

Speaker to be confirmed


Fujitsu perspective

Paul Hudson, Fujitsu



Master of ceremonies TBC




Defence Suppliers’ Forum Perspective

Dr Jon Hall, MD Technology, Babcock International


Small to Medium Enterprise Perspective

Steve Rigsby, MD Allan Webb


A view of Support from the USA

Lt Gen Darrell Williams, Leidos



Master of ceremonies TBC


Closing Remarks

Damian Alexander, MD LCST, Leidos UK and Europe