Defence Equipment and Support

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

DE&S initially had a civilian and military workforce of around 29,000 (77 per cent civilian and 23 per cent military), in the UK and abroad. The organisation 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 MoD Abbey Wood since 2012.[2]


DE&S headquarters, Abbey Wood, Bristol

Defence Equipment and Support was established on 2 April 2007. It is overseen by the Minister of State for Defence Procurement. The organisation supports Strategic Command and the individual armed services through Navy Command, Army Headquarters and Headquarters Air Command.

Strategic governanceEdit

Defence Equipment and Support BoardEdit


Title Name Date
Chairman and Non-Executive Director Paul Skinner 2015 – 2019
MOD Permanent Secretary (PUS) David Williams 2021 –
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 –

Mark Russell was to become chairman in November 2019.[3]

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 * see notes
DG (Ships) Vice Admiral Christopher Gardner 2019 –
DG (Land) Chris Bushell 2020 –
DG (Air) Vice-Admiral Richard Thompson 2020 –
DG (Strategic Enablers) Adrian Baguley 2018 –
DG Commercial Morag Stuart 2020 –
DG Resources David Johnson 2019 –

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 has been 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). The latest DE&S organisation chart indicates that the various Chief of Materiels have been re-titled as 'Director General'.[5]

Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and SupportEdit

Chief of Defence Materiel
Name Date held
General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue[6] 2007 – 2010 [7]
Bernard Gray[8] 2011 – 2015
Tony Douglas[1] 2015 – 2018
Michael Bradley[9] January 2018 – May 2018
Sir Simon Bollom[10] May 2018 – present

Director General for Air/Army/Navy/Strategic Enablers/Commercial/ResourcesEdit

The Chiefs of Materiel (CofMs), now Director Generals (DGs), 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.[11]

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

Chief of Fleet SupportEdit

Chief of Materiel (Fleet)/Chief of Fleet Support/ [12][13][14]
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Trevor Soar[15] January 2007 – 2009
Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews 2009 – 2013
Vice Admiral Simon Lister[16][17] 2013 – 2017

Director General (Ships)Edit

Chief of Materiel (Ships)
Name Date held
Sir Simon Bollom[11] 2017 – 2018
Vice Admiral Christopher Gardner[18] 2019 – present
Directorate of Ships SupportEdit
Director Ship Support
Name Date held
Neal Lawson[11] 2017 – 2020
Russell Brown [19] 2020 -
Directorate of Ships AcquisitionEdit
Director Ship Acquisition
Name Date held
Henry Parker[11] 2017 –

Chief of Materiel (Submarines)Edit

This group now is part of the Submarine Delivery Agency.[20]

Chief Executive
Name Date held
Ian Booth[11] 2017 –
Chief of Materiel (Submarines), post renamed as Chief Executive Submarine Delivery Agency
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister[11] 2017 – 2017
Directorate of Submarine AcquisitionsEdit
Director Submarine Acquisition
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Paul Methven[11] 2017 –
Directorate of Submarines SupportEdit
Chief Strategic Systems Executive & Director Submarines Support
Name Date held
Rear-Admiral Keith Beckett[11] 2017 –

Director General (Land)Edit

Director General (Land)/Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Name Date held
Lieutenant General Dick Applegate[21] 16 January 2007[22] – 1 September 2009
Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward 1 September 2009[23] – May 2012
Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell May 2012 – 8 March 2016[24]
Lieutenant General Paul Jaques[11] 8 March 2016 – 7 December 2019[25]
Chris Bushell [19] 7 December 2019 – present
Directorate of Land EquipmentEdit
Director Land Equipment
Name Date held
Major-General Robert Talbot Rice[11] 2017 – 2017
Major-General Colin McClean[26] 2017 – 2019
Major-General Daniel Crook[27] 2019 – present
Directorate of WeaponsEdit
Director Weapons
Name Date held
Richard Smart[11] 2017 – 2020
Ed Cutts [19] 2020 -

Director General (Air)Edit

Director General (Air)
Name Date held
Air-Marshal Sir Barry Thornton[21] 1 April 2007 – 30 April 2009
Air-Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson 1 May 2009[28] – October 2012
Air-Marshal Simon Bollom October 2012 – April 2016
Air-Marshal Julian Young[11] April 2016 – September 2020
Vice-Admiral Richard Thompson[29] September 2020 – present
Directorate of Air SupportEdit
Director Air Support
Name Date held
Adrian Baguley[11] 2017 –
Richard Murray[11] 2019 –
Directorate of Combat AirEdit
Director Combat Air
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Keith Bethell[11] 2017 –

Director General Strategic EnablersEdit

Director General (Strategic Enablers=)
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler 1 May 2011 – 21 June 2011
Trevor Woolley 1 June 2011
Peter Worrall[11] October 2013 –
Adrian Baguley[11][19] July 2019 – present
Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target, Acquisition & ReconnaissanceEdit
Director ISTAR
Name Date held
Dr Simon Dakin[19] 2020 –
Directorate of Engineering & SafetyEdit
Director Engineering & Safety
Name Date held
Stephen Wilcock [19] 2020 – present
Directorate of Digital InformationEdit
Director Chief Digital Information Officer (CIO)
Name Date held
Nigel Shaw[19] 2020 –
Directorate of Programmes & ChangeEdit
Director Programmes & Change
Name Date held
Simon Hughes[19] 2020 –
Directorate of HelicoptersEdit
Director Helicopters
Name Date held
Air-Vice-Marshal Graham Russell[11][19] 2017 –
Directorate of SupportEdit
Director Support
Name Date held
Steve Glass[19]> 2020 –

Directorate-General (Commercial)Edit

Director-General, Commercial
Name Date held
Nick Elliot[11] 2015 - 2020
Morag Stuart [19] 2020 -

Commercial OperationsEdit

Director DE&S Commercial Operations
Name Date held
Alan Peter[11] 2017 –
Phil Tozer[11][19] 2017 –

Commercial CapabilityEdit

Director Commercial Capability
Name Date held
Mike Greatwich[11] 2017 –

Commercial ImprovementsEdit

Director Commercial Improvements
Name Date held
Morag Stuart[11] 2017 – 2020
Graham Hyndman [19] 2020 -

Directorate-General (Resources)Edit

Director-General, Resources
Name Date held
Michael Bradley[11] 2016 – 2018
David Johnson[11] 2019 – present
Financial Planning & AnalysisEdit
Director Financial Planning & Analysis
Name Date held
David Johnson[11] 2017 - 2019
Ann Underwood[11][19] 2017 –

Directorate Human ResourcesEdit

Director Human Resources
Name Date held
Don Cuthbert[11] 2016
Daniel Griffiths[11] 2019 – present
Deputy Director HR Head of Function - HREdit
Deputy Director HR Head of Function - HR
Name Date held
Katie Sloggett[19] 2020 – present
HR OperationsEdit
Head of HR Operations
Name Date held
Scott Murray[19] 2020 – present
Performance & RewardEdit
Head of Performance & Reward
Name Date held
Nick Jackson, interim[19] 2020 – present
Talent & Organisation DevelopmentEdit
Head of Talent & Organisation Development
Name Date held
Amanda Lammonby[19] 2020 – present
HR (Strategic Enablers)Edit
Head of HR (Strategic Enablers)
Name Date held
Ruth Moesby[19] 2020 – present
HR (Land)Edit
Head of HR (Land)
Name Date held
Maureen Doherty[19] 2020 – present
HR (Air & Ships)Edit
Head of HR (Air & Ships)
Name Date held
Rachel Tothill[19] 2020 – present
HR (Military Human Resources & Commanding Officer)Edit
Head of HR (Military Human Resources & Commanding Officer)
Name Date held
Captain Nicholas Dodd[19] 2020 – present

Directorate Strategy & ChangeEdit

Director Strategy & Change
Name Date held
Barry Burton[11] 2019 - 2020
Krishna Dhanak[19] 2020 -
International Relations GroupEdit
International Relations Group
Name Date held
Valerie Evans[11][19] 2019 – present
Corporate CommunicationsEdit
Corporate Communications
Name Date held
Dawn Cunningham-Martin[19] 2020 – present
COVID-19 Operations CellEdit
COVID-19 Operations Cell
Name Date held
Air Commodore Rob Woods[19] 2020 – present
Corporate Operations & GovernanceEdit
Corporate Operations & Governance
Name Date held
Unknown[19] 2020 – present
DE&S Policy SecretariatEdit
DE&S Policy Secretariat
Name Date held
Unknown[19] 2020 – present
Principal Security AdvisorEdit
Principal Security Advisor
Name Date held
Unknown[19] 2020 – present
Head of Function Corporate Services GroupEdit
Head of Function Corporate Services Group
Name Date held
Unknown[19] 2020 – present

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:



Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA Mk1




Main locationsEdit

As of 2016 the main locations (with staff numbers) were:[31]

Responsibility for 'Logistics, Commodities and Services' (including storage and delivery of non-weaponry equipment, such as food and clothing, to soldiers)[32] 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.[31]


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