#MeetADS: Tim Martin, Head of Defence Commercial

Tim has worked for the organisation since 2003, moving into his current position as Head of Defence Commercial in 2007. He spends most of his time providing members with help and guidance on the commercial and contractual aspects of doing business with MOD and in its supply chains. This includes bid strategies, responding to pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) and invitation to tenders (ITTs), advising on contract terms and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and assisting when things go wrong, including disputes up to the point where counsel opinion is sought.

Tim also facilitates a number of related MOD/Industry and Industry-only groups including those dealing with:

  • MOD standard contract terms and conditions (the DEFCON Working Group)
  • Intellectual Property (the Defence IPR Working Group)
  • Pricing and contract reporting particularly contracts priced under the Single Source Contract Regulations
  • The application of the Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations and the Public Contract Regulations in contracts

Tim is also involved with the processes for incorporating cyber protection requirements in contracts, and represents ADS on the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership Executive Group and its Tools and Communications subgroups.

Prior to a career in the defence sector, Tim started out as an Electrical Engineer at Vosper Thornycroft designing electrical systems for warships, armed patrol craft and customs vessels, and hovercraft. This was followed by several years designing electrical equipment to go in ships being built by Vosper Thornycroft and other shipbuilders.

On leaving the shipbuilding industry, Tim spent a number of years in various project management roles, mainly project planning and cost control, in the process plant and offshore oil contracting industries. From there he worked for a number of companies that provided equipment for these industries before joining the organisation that made the life support systems for the Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarines and similar equipment for submarines of other navies.

Tim shares his week between our London and Farnborough offices.


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