Speakers announced at SMI's 2017 Annual Conference

The 2 day event will look at the partnership between the RN & industry

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI), the leading trade association in the UK maritime engineering and business sector, has announced the speakers at its 2017 Conference, ‘Partners in the Maritime Enterprise: The Royal Navy and the UK Maritime Industries’ being held on 26 and 27 April at the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

Kicking off the two day Conference will be Rear Admirals David Snelson, Chris Parry and Paul Bennett who will offer insights in to the geopolitical landscape and evolving threats in the maritime world today.  Mr Stephen Phipson, Head of DIT-DSO and Professor David Lane, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, will conclude day one with discussions on the importance of maritime exports and technology developments to sustain the UK maritime industries.

Day two begins with Mr Tony Graham, Chairman of UKNEST, Professor Kevin Jones, Dean of Plymouth Marine Institute and Mrs Sarah Kenny, Managing Director – Maritime, Land and Weapons of QinetiQ discussing the support on offer to the UK maritime enterprise with reviews on training, research plans and test and evaluation facilities.  Commodore Duncan Lamb, Head of the RFA, and Mr Guy Plattern, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping will talk about the role of the RFA in support of security operations and how civil and military relationships are being strengthened. 

Captain Christopher McHugh, Director of Programmes at SMI said,

‘The 2017 edition of the SMI Conference will reflect the important and very close relationship which has developed between UK companies that work in the maritime industrial sector and the Royal Navy over more than two centuries.  The Conference programme has been designed to draw on the many varied strands of this relationship.  It will inform and promote debate on these presentations from some of the most experienced and high profile speakers in the industry and RN.’

The final session of day two will be kicked off by Mr Steve Hyde, Leader of Naval Design Partnership, DE&S, Mr John Hudson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime and Mr John Howie, Chief Executive Marine & Technology of Babcock, who will review partnerships with the Royal Navy.  On the afternoon of Thursday 27th the Conference will conclude with talks by Russell Gould, CEO of Kelvin Hughes and Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director Ships Acquisition of DE&S who will summarise the state of the current supply chain for naval procurement from the perspectives of equipment suppliers and provide an update on the current RN ship surface programmes. 

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Booking will open on 24 October so for now mark the date in your diaries