Transforming the Army - Securing The Competitive Advantage.
The Army is embarking on an ambitious journey to modernise its equipment fleet and change the way it operates in this volatile, complex, ambiguous and uncertain world. As a result, the Army is accelerating its Force Development work, which includes the need to forge strong relationships with industry of all sizes. Delivering Prototype Warfare, using operations as laboratories for experimentation and energising a delivering an imaginative and exploitable series of Army Warfighting Experiments is central to this change. Ultimately industry is key in helping understand how to embrace innovation and to identify new and exciting technologies that will realise the vision of a forward-thinking Army that is able to out-pace and out-think our adversaries now and in the future.
17:00 Talk and Q&A
18:00 Networking reception
Brigadier Kevin Copsey was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in Apr 1990. He subsequently joined 30 Fd Sqn in Iserlohn, Germany, as a Troop Commander and later became 2IC of 2 HQ Sqn. In 1993 he was posted to 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regt, where he taught on the JNCO Instructors Course and the B1 Cbt Engr Course. In 1996 he assumed the post of Squadron Operations Officer in 31 Armd Engr Sqn, 32 Engr Regt which included a deployment as Battle Group Engineer to The King’s Royal Hussars on Ex MEDICINE MAN, and a regimental deployment to Bosnia on Op RESOLUTE.
In 1997, following the Army Junior Division Course at Staff College, he was appointed the 2IC of 33 Fd Sqn based in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Here he devised and led numerous operations to counter public disorder, especially over the summer marching season. In Feb 1999 he joined HQ 7 Armd Bde as the SO3 G3 Ops, which included a deployment to Kosovo on Op AGRICOLA 2.
From Aug 2000 he spent two years as an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, training future officers. Between 2002 and 2004 he gained a Masters in Defence Technology at Shrivenham and also attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course. In 2004 he was appointed the SO2 Ops Coord for the Joint Force Headquarters based in Northwood. As the UK high readiness HQ, he found himself deployed on numerous operations and reviews of contingency plans around the globe.
In Aug 2006 he was appointed Officer Commanding of 9 Parachute Sqn. During this period the Squadron supported 2 PARA as part of the Airborne Task Force and subsequently deployed on Op HERRICK 8, where the Sqn was spread across the Upper Sangin Valley and around Musa Qaleh.
In Jun 2008 he was selected for promotion, and spent a year as an SO1 Instructor on the Advanced Command and Staff Course. In Jul 2009, as Lt Col, he assumed command of 35 Engr Regt in Paderborn, Germany and deployed to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 15 and was subsequently awarded an OBE. Following command he moved to the Ministry of Defence, London to work within the Strategy Management area where he was responsible for financial management of the £165Bn equipment programme.
In Sep 2013, as a Colonel, Brig Copsey assumed the role of Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans) at the HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps based at Imjin Barracks, Gloucestershire. He then attended the US Army Staff College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for a year where he completed a Masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies.
In Sep 2016, upon selection to Brigadier he was appointed as Chief ECMI back at the ARRC having only been away for a year. In Jul 18, Brigadier Copsey assumed his current appointment of Head Future Force Development in AHQ.
Brig Copsey’s passion lies in mountaineering and alpine skiing. He is married to Dawn and has two children, Elizabeth and Victoria.