This ‘lunch & learn’ session, with Mark Phillips, Head of Government Affairs for Lockheed Martin UK will cover:

  • What Government Affairs teams do
  • Why and how companies engage in policy development with the Government and other stakeholders,   such as Parliament and think tanks
  • The importance of the relationship between the Government Affairs function and technical and engineering teams within a company.

This event is run by the New Professionals Forum and is aimed at early-careers professionals. To join and find out more about the ADS New Professionals Forum, and to get notifications of relevant future events, please click here


Mark Phillips has been the Head of Government Affairs for Lockheed Martin UK since January 2018.  He joined as Deputy Head of Government Affairs in August 2016.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mark was Director for the Security and Resilience Sector at ADS.  He led a team responsible for industry’s engagement with the Government on policy development and capability requirements for national security.

Prior to ADS, Mark was Research Fellow for Military and Intelligence at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  In this role, he worked on force development and experimentation, future force structures, and Track "One and a Half" diplomatic efforts with various countries.

From June 2008 to September 2010, Mark was Chief of Staff to Baroness Neville-Jones, as (Shadow) Security Minister.  Between 2006 and 2008, he advised the Shadow Minister for Defence, Foreign Affairs, and International Development in the House of Lords, and was an adviser to the Conservative Party’s National and International Security Policy Group.

Mark is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Research, Technology, and Innovation Group (RTIG), the Steering Group for the Defence Academic Pathways (DAP) initiative, and the Support Group for a Special Project.  He also chairs the Public Affairs Group of UKspace.

Mark has a BA Honours degree in War Studies from King’s College London (KCL), is an Associate of the College (AKC), and an Associate Fellow of RUSI.  He lectures on the MoD’s International Intelligence Directors Course, KCL’s MA War Studies course, KCL’s National Security Studies course, and Syracuse University’s Master of Arts in International Relations course.

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