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Defence and security

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. Through our Defence & Security Board and our Forums covering Information Superiority, R&T, Commercial Business and SMEs, the programme delivers a broad range of activities which support the MOD as it procures new digital technologies.


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Defence and security groups

Our members currently lead the following workstreams. Keep updated on the workstreams by signing up to the Defence Updates below.

Defence and Security Board

The Defence & Security Board is our most senior industry grouping in the defence and security sectors. It is comprised of high level representatives from strategically important companies active in the UK's national security markets and policy areas. Its focus is addressing the strategic-level concerns that impact the defence and security IT sector.

Chair: Neil Timms, CGI UK, Vice-Chair: Jon Cole CB OBE, BT Defence Director, BT Defence (BT Plc)

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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 and 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 funding and conducting Research and technology within the UK Defence markets. The DRTF assists the MOD in formulating effective R&T policy and brings greater government awareness to the capabilities within the UK's technology industry.

Chair: Matt Albans, L3Harris ASV

Vice-Chair: Stephanie Eden, Airbus


Information Superiority Forum

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

Chair: Nick Hartley, Leidos

Vice-Chair: Chris Lewis, Babcock

Vice-Chair: John Philliban, CGI

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Defence and security programme team

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Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK

Raya Tsolova

Programme Manager, techUK

Jeremy Wimble

Jeremy Wimble

Programme Manager, Defence, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK


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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.


Cyber security

Cyber security underpins technologies that are enabling the UK to digitally transform. techUK brings together key players across the sector to promote leading-edge UK capabilities, build networks and grow the sector. techUK also provides a link between industry and government to support the national strategy, ensuring that the UK remains a leading cyber nation.

National security

techUK's National Security programme aims to lead debate on new and emerging technologies which present opportunities to strengthen UK national security, but also expose vulnerabilities which threaten it. Through a variety of market engagement and policy activities, it assesses the capability of these technologies against various national security threats, developing thought-leadership on topics such as procurement, innovation, diversity and skills.

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