We are delighted to welcome back James Gavin, Head of Future Capability Group, this time joined by Ruth Vaughan, Futures Lab Command Lead who will provide and update on short and long Term Demand signals and opportunities, and Futures Labs.

  • James will brief on the FCG and its scope, the long-term emerging demand signals, initiatives, current and short-term opportunities.
  • Ruth will provide an overview of Futures Lab including background, emerging demand signal and the Provider Network. 


  • 16:30  Arrival and registration
  • 17:00  Welcome - Caroline Donaghy, Defence Director, ADS
  • 17:05  Presentation from James Gavin, Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S and Ruth Vaughan, Futures Lab Command Lead
  • 17:45  Q&A
  • 18:00  Networking reception
  • 19:00  Close


James Gavin, Head of Future Capability Group, DE&S

James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). This Group exists to help explore new capabilities  to inform decision making, and to de-risk requirements and technology against the Defence Lines of Development. Increasingly it is using ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group also has a role to encourage and enable better innovation insider DE&S and across the Defence Innovation Eco-system. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, DSTL and central MOD areas such as the DIU and DASA.

James has served in the military, the civil service and industry before his time inside DE&S, in Operations, Programme Management and consultancy roles. He is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage by better strategic thinking and innovation, inclusive cultures and recently in helping to persuade others that sustainability does not always have to come at a cost to Operational Advantage. 


Ruth Vaughan is the Land Command Lead for Futures Lab; a contracted extension of the EDP framework sponsored by DE&S FCG. Futures Lab directly supports the MOD to focus its capability investment towards exploitable capabilities through the generation of evidence and impartial advice supporting Ideation to Exploitation. It is the Futures Lab bespoke and open Provider Network utilising agile procurement process that commercially enables pan-industry teams of Micro and SME companies, academia, and wider industry to directly deliver into the Front Line Commands and DE&S at pace.

Ruth is contracted to Futures Lab from QinetiQ, her experience has focussed on pan-domain iterative experimentation within the Army and Royal Navy, designed to raise the assurance of system maturation in operationally representative, and, controlled environments. In her limited spare time she is a Reservist in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

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