Hosted by ADS and with the support of Make UK Defence, the first roundtable event in a new series with the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will be held at the Farnborough International Conference Centre.

The UK government has a policy to maintain a Continuous At-Sea Deterrent, to deter the most severe threats to the UK and our way of life. AWE manages and integrates complex programmes and projects to support this.

In the interests of creating an open and transparent environment through which to achieve great partnering and procurement, AWE invite representatives from UK companies to participate in round table discussion with AWE and the MoD Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO).

Listening to your perspectives, we wish to learn with and from you.

We hope you will be interested in joining us as we start our journey in understanding the capabilities held across the UK, and in building relationships so that we may continue the resilient delivery of our nationally significant programmes.

The event will start around 10:00 and finish by 13:30. Exact timings and the agenda will be confirmed shortly.

Roundtable Speakers

Simon Levy - Head of UK Defence Business Development, ADS - Simon joined ADS in 2018 and is responsible for defence industry engagement between Prime contractors, MoD, Front Line Command and delivery partners. Prior to joining ADS, Simon headed up Business Development in aerospace and aviation at the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr Rob Wilson - Head of Strategy, Market Development - Since leading the Dstl analysis for the 2006 Deterrent White Paper, Rob has enjoyed two decades withing the Deterrent programme, including roles with MoD, BAE Systems and AWE.

David Richardson - Head of Market Engagement - David's four-decade career has led him to senior roles both as a civil servant and with major government contractors. Prior to becoming AWE's advisor on market engagement, he was marketing and sales director for Serco UK and Europe.

Rob Davies - Senior Sourcing Business Partner - Rob is providing procurement support to the AWE replacement warhead programme. He has 20 years' supply chain experience in defence, engineering and telecoms, with roles at Boeing, MoD and EE.

Matthew Jordan - DNO Replacement Warhead Programme Industry Engagement Lead - Prior to joining DNO, Matthew's roles included commercial engagement for civil nucelar projects at BEIS as well as a range of communications roles across HM Treasury, DEFRA and the Competitions and Markets Authority.


John Gardner - Senior Policy Adviser, Make UK Defence - John has recently joined Make UK as a consultant as part of a portfolio career. He has already served on Make UK Defence's Policy and Advisory Committees and was briefly on the Make UK Board itself, as well as having had long stints on the ADS Defence Sector Board and Council. A former MOD Special Adviser, John was Babcock's Head of Government Relations from 2006-21. 





Future roundtable events with AWE

  • 31 October at Space Park, Leicester
  • 1 November at Advanced Engineering 2023, NEC Birmingham
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