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Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a trading entity and joint-defence organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence. It began operating on 2 April 2007 following the merger of the MoD's Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation, under the Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support.[1]

Defence Equipment and Support
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Agency overview
Formed2 April 2007
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersMoD Abbey Wood, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°30′12″N 2°33′33″W / 51.5033°N 2.55917°W / 51.5033; -2.55917
Minister responsible
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence

The organisation had a civilian and military workforce of around 29,000 (77 per cent civilian and 23 per cent military), in the UK and abroad. DE&S operates as a single Top Level Budget. As of 2008 the DE&S workforce was around 24,500, further reducing under the 'PACE' business improvement programme to around 21,000 by 2012. Of this, around 8,000 posts have been housed at Abbey Wood since 2012.[2]



DE&S headquarters, Abbey Wood, Bristol

Defence Equipment and Support was established on 2 April 2007. DE&S is overseen by the Minister of State for Defence Procurement. The organisation supports Joint Forces Command and the subsidiary individual armed services thorough Headquarters Air Command, Army Headquarters and Navy Command,

Strategic governanceEdit

Defence Equipment and Support BoardEdit


Title Name Date
Chairman and Non-Executive Director Paul Skinner 2015-
MOD Permanent Secretary (PUS) Stephen Lovegrove 2015-
Chief Executive Officer (DE&S) Sir Simon Bollom 2018-
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability) Lt Gen Mark Poffley OBE 2015-
Non-Executive Director James Dorrian 2015-
Non-Executive Director Paul Smith 2015-
Non-Executive Director Andrew Wolstenholme OBE 2015-

The Board provides strategic governance for DE&S and a robust forum for independent, non-executive support and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and the Executive Committee. The DE&S Board delegates some activities to sub-committees of the Board, namely the Audit, Remuneration, Programme Review and Nomination Committees. The Chairman ensures that the Board receives feedback on these sub-Committees and that it is able to consider their recommendations.[1]

Direction and oversightEdit

Executive Committee Defence Equipment and SupportEdit


Title Name Date
Chief Executive Officer (DE&S) Sir Simon Bollom 2018-
CoM (Fleet) Vice-Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE 2013–2017 * see notes
CoM (Submarines) Vice-Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE 2017 *
CoM (Ships) Sir Simon Bollom 2017-
CoM (Land) Lieutenant-General, Paul Jaques CBE 2015-
CoM (Air) Air-Marshal Julian Young CB OBE RAF 2015-
CoM (Joint Enablers) Pete Worrall CB OBE 2015-
DG Resources (CFO) Michael Bradley 2015-
DG Commercial Nick Elliott 2015-

DE&S is led on a day-to-day basis by the Executive Committee, which consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Director General Resources as Chief Finance Officer, the Director General Commercial and six Chiefs of Materiel who lead the delivery of the programme of work in their respective domains.[1]

Note:Vice-Admiral, Lister is currently on a sabbatical from his Royal Navy Career to be Managing Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

Sub CommitteesEdit

Includes: The following subordinate Committees provide specialised support to the Executive Committee.[1]

Business Case Review Committee
Innovation & Prosperity Committee
People Committee
Performance Committee
Safety Committee
Security Committee
Transformation Committee

Administration of (DE&S) and Senior LeadershipEdit

The organisation is under the leadership of a civilian Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support since 2015. After the restructuring in 2011 there are four three-star posts under the Chief of Defence Materiel. These are the positions of Chief of Materiel (Fleet), a Royal Navy Vice Admiral, and Chief of Materiel (Land), a British Army Lieutenant General (who also holds the appointment of Quartermaster-General to the Forces), Chief of Materiel (Air), a Royal Air Force Air Marshal and Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers).

Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and SupportEdit

Chief of Defence Materiel
Name Date held
Tony Douglas[1] 2015-2018
Michael Bradley[4] January 2018-May 2018
Sir Simon Bollom[5] May 2018 – Present

Former leadershipEdit

Chiefs of Defence MaterielEdit
Chief of Defence Materiel
Name Date held
General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue[6] 2 April 2007 - December 2010 [7]
Bernard Gray[8] From 4 January 2011
Chief of Corporate PerformanceEdit

The Chief of Corporate Performance (CCP) was responsible for managing the business effectively and setting policy in key corporate functional areas. The post was discontinued as at 1 June 2011.

Chief of Corporate Performance
Name Date held
Trevor Woolley [9] 20?? to 1 June 2011
Chief Operating OfficerEdit

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) was responsible for project and programme delivery across DE&S. This includes supporting the equipment through life, and the performance of the industrial supply chain. The post was discontinued 1 June 2011.

Chief Operating Officer
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler [9] 2006 - 1 May 2011

Chiefs of Materiel for Air/Army/Navy/Joint-EnablersEdit

The Chiefs of Materiel (CofMs) are responsible for managing key relationships with the Capability Sponsor and User. They work at the strategic level to make sure that the operational readiness and sustainability needs of the User are met.[10]

The CofMs ensure an ethos of support to operations is in place to the User, throughout all DE&S activity.

Chief of Materiel (Fleet)/Chief of Fleet SupportEdit

Chief of Materiel (Fleet)/Chief of Fleet Support[11]
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Trevor Soar[12] Jan 2007 - 2009
Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews 2009–2013
Vice Admiral Simon Lister[13][14] 2013–2017

Chief of Materiel (Submarines)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Submarines)
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister [10] 2017 - 2017
Directorate of Submarine AcquisitionsEdit
Director Submarine Acquisition
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Paul Methven [10] 2017 -
Directorate of Submarines SupportEdit
Chief Strategic Systems Executive & Director Submarines Support
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Keith Beckett [10] 2017 -

Chief of Materiel (Ships)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Ships)
Name Date held
Sir Simon Bollom [10] 2017 - 2018
Vice Admiral Christopher Gardner[15] 2019 - Present
Directorate of Ships SupportEdit
Director Ship Support
Name Date held
Neal Lawson [10] 2017 -
Directorate of Ships AcquisitionEdit
Director Ship Acquisition
Name Date held
Henry Parker [10] 2017 -

Chief of Materiel (Land)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Land)/Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Name Date held
Lieutenant General Dick Applegate[9] 16 January 2007[16] to 1 September 2009
Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward 1 September 2009[17] to May 2012
Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell May 2012 to 8 March 2016[18]
Lieutenant General Paul Jaques [10] 8 March 2016 -
Directorate of Land EquipmentEdit
Director Land Equipment
Name Date held
Major-General, Robert Talbot Ric [10] 2017 -
Directorate of WeaponsEdit
Director Weapons
Name Date held
Richard Smart [10] 2017 -

Chief of Materiel (Air)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Air)
Name Date held
Air-Marshal Sir Barry Thornton[9] 1 April 2007 - 30 April 2009
Air-Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson 1 May 2009[19] – October 2012
Air-Marshal Simon Bollom October 2012 – April 2016
Air-Marshal Julian Young [10] April 2016 –
Directorate of Air SupportEdit
Director Air Support
Name Date held
Adrian Baguley [10] 2017 -
Directorate of Combat AirEdit
Director Combat Air
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Keith Bethell [10] 2017 -

Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers)
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler 1 May 2011 to 21 June 2011
Trevor Woolley 1 June 2011
Peter Worrall [10] October 2013 – Present
Directorate of HelicoptersEdit
Director Helicopters
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Graham Russell [10] 2017 -

Submarine Delivery AgencyEdit

Chief Executive
Name Date held
Ian Booth [10] 2017 -


Directorate-General (Commercial)Edit

Director-General, Commercial
Name Date held
Nick Elliot [10] 2015
Director DE&S Commercial Operations
Name Date held
Alan Peter [10] 2017 -
Commercial FunctionEdit
Director Commercial Capability
Name Date held
Mike Greatwich [10] 2017 -
Contract ManagementEdit
Director Commercial Improvements
Name Date held
Morag Stuart [10] 2017 -
Corporate Function ManagerEdit
Commercial Corporate Function Manager
Name Date held
Stephen Palmer [10] 2017 -

Directorate-General (Resources)Edit

Director-General, Resources
Name Date held
Michael Bradley [10] 2016-2018
Director Financial Plans & Analysis
Name Date held
David Johnson [10] 2017 -
Director Transformation
Name Date held
Geoff Robins [10] 2017 -
Information TechnologyEdit
Director Chief Information Officer
Name Date held
TBA 2017 -
Corporate Function ManagerEdit
Finance and Accounting Corporate Function Manager
Name Date held
Rob Young [10] 2017 -

Directorate Human ResourcesEdit

Director Human Resources
Name Date held
Don Cuthbert [10] 2016
Insight and ResearchEdit
Director HR Insight and Research
Name Date held
David Ball [10] 2017 -
Corporate Function ManagerEdit
HR Corporate Function Manager
Name Date held
Maureen Doherty [10] 2017 -

Directorate, General ProgrammesEdit

Director General Programmes
Name Date held
Tony Chisnall [10] 2017
Corporate Function ManagersEdit
Corporate Function Managers
Name Date held
4 officials supporting DirGenProgmm's [10] 2017 -

Directorate, Corporate OperationsEdit

Director Corporate Operations
Name Date held
Barry Burton [10] 2017
Corporate Function ManagersEdit
Corporate Function Managers
Name Date held
3 officials supporting DirCorpOps [10] 2017 -

Major projectsEdit

DE&S manages a variety of defence procurement and support projects inherited from the DLO and DPA for all three services. Examples of current and future procurement projects include:






Main locationsEdit

As of 2016 the main locations (with staff numbers) were:[21]

Responsibility for 'Logistics, Commodities and Services' (including storage and delivery of non-weaponry equipment, such as food and clothing, to soldiers)[22] was contracted out to the private sector in 2015 under an arrangement that included the transfer of 1,100 staff and construction of a new 'Defence Fulfilment Centre' at MoD Donnington.[21]


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  2. ^ Dave Harvey (12 May 2011). "Straight talking from the top, at MoD Abbey Wood". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. ^ "DE&S Organisation chart" (PDF). MOD. UK. May 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Michael Bradley". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sir Simon Bollom appointed Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support". Ministry of Defence. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ DE&S Organisation Chart retrieved October 2008
  7. ^ "Chief of Defence Materiel". Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  8. ^ Bernard Gray appointed Chief of Defence Materiel Ministry of Defence, 16 December 2010
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  12. ^ Admiral sailes into snobs' bible[permanent dead link]
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  15. ^ "Royal Navy Appoints New Senior Officers". Forces News. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  16. ^ London Gazette 58252 dated 20 February 2007
  17. ^ London Gazette 59191 dated 22 September 2009
  18. ^ Defence View points June 2011
  19. ^ Royal Air Force Air Rank Appointments List 08/09 Archived 2009-04-18 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 17 November 2008
  20. ^ Defence Equipment and Support. Defence Equipment and Support Corporate Plan 2016 – 2019 (PDF). Ministry of Defence. p. 23.
  21. ^ a b "DE&S Corporate Plan 2016-2019" (PDF). UK Government. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Giant MoD Donnington Buildings Take Shape". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 13 September 2016.


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