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Following on from the success of last year’s PFI in the MoD, this event offers both the public and private sector who operate with the MoD and the field of PFI/PPP, the chance to see the changes taking place within the defence industry. This highly focused annual conference will explore operational, logistic, and key financial issues.

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key Government officials and industry experts. Benefit from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers. Attend to discover the potential and realities of the PFI/PPP in the MoD, and to match your company’s resources to the needs of the defence PFI/PPP market.

PFI in the MoD is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused business information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet and network with senior industry figures.

Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nigel Campbell

Nigel Campbell, Partner, Bevan Ashford

9:10 PROVEN EVALUATION MODELS

  • Evalaution process overview: the four dimensions
  • Linking the pricing and payment mechanism to the financial model
  • Optimising demand risk transfer to secure off balance sheet solutions
  • Soft issues and their role in evaluation
  • Mike Robinson

    Mike Robinson, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

    Mike Robinson

    Mike Robinson, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

    9:40 THE NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE PERSPECTIVE

    David Finlay

    David Finlay, Private Finance Unit, National Audit Office

  • Update on deals examined by the NAO
  • The four pillars of a successful PFI deal
  • Key issues from recent NAO examinations
  • Challenges for the future in MoD PFI/PPP deals
  • 10:20 THE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON POLICY CHALLENGES TO DEFENSE REFORM

    Stan Soloway

    Stan Soloway, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform) and Director, Defense Reform Initiative

  • Integration of reform efforts
  • Key initiatives
  • Overall view of the future from an Acquisition & Defense Reform Initiative perspective
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 POST PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT

    Huw Rees

    Huw Rees, DFTS Programme Director, BT

  • An overview of the largest MOD telecommunications PFI contract
  • Working in partnership with the Defence Communications Service Agency (DCSA)
  • The reasons and justifications for the Business Planning Group (BPG)
  • Lessons and knowledge gained from RAF Telephone Network roll out of the other systems
  • The use of a help desk and network control centre
  • 12:00 THE USE OF PFI/PPP IN FOREIGN BASES

    Michael G O’Connor

    Michael G O’Connor, Partner, Addleshaw Booth

  • Overview of possible project structure
  • Analysis of the critical components of the successful bid
  • Associated responsibilities for managing and maintaining the base
  • Commercial & legal implications of this overseas PFI/PPP project
  • Opportunities for other overseas PFI/PPP projects in the future
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PARTNERING OVERVIEW

    Andrew King

    Andrew King, Assistant Operations Director, Flagship Training

  • How the project has developed and is working out since the contract was signed
  • Day to day-How does the service get delivered to the MoD
  • The line between MoD and private sector responsibility
  • Increases in the partner’s influence and commitment to the future of the project
  • PFI opportunities within the partnership exercise
  • Using PFI to develop training need to the MoD
  • 14:40 CASE STUDY-PROJECT AQUATRINE

    Grant Hodges

    Grant Hodges, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Determining the initial viability and scope of the project aquatrine
  • Developing the stages of pre-feasibility, feasibility and project definition
  • An insight into the approvals process involved within Project Aquatrine
  • The necessity for thorough project feasibility planning and development
  • Estimating the likely level of market interest in Project Aquatrine
  • Key factors affecting the proposed time scale of the project
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CASE STUDY-ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE

    David Kilduff

    David Kilduff, Partner and Head of Public Sector and PFI Group, Walker Morris Solicitors

  • Property management and transfer
  • Design Control and responsibility
  • Planning and environmental issues
  • Employment and pensions issues
  • Security
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY-RAF’S TORNADO GR4 SYNTHETIC TRAINING SERVICE

    Justin Walker

    Justin Walker, Head of Military Training, Thomson Training & Simulation (TT&S)

  • Overview of the project to finance, build, equip and operate a brand new training centre
  • Providing the RAF with high quality training services
  • TT & S contribution to saving costs and protecting the environment
  • Working closely with the MoD, pointer and tips
  • Keeping the project to time and in budget
  • Dealing with the soft issues
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Tim Stone

    Tim Stone, Partner, KPMG Corporate Finance

    9:10 CASE STUDY-JOINT SERVICES AND COMMAND STAFF COLLEGE (JSCSC)

    Peter Williams

    Peter Williams, Director Support Services, Serco

  • An overview of the service provided at the JSCSC
  • Intricacies of the service level agreement for the JSCSC
  • Partnering with other companies to provide the services required at JSCSC
  • Key factors for ensuring smooth running of the project
  • Ensuring the continuation of service
  • Building on these successful partnerships
  • 9:40 DELIVERING VALUE

    Nick English

    Nick English, Director, Project Finance, SG

  • Payment mechanism and performance regime
  • Value for money-helps and hinders
  • The perfect process
  • Examples from Medium Support Helicopters, FEPS, AWE and FSTA and others
  • 10:20 PRODUCT SUPPORT-THE PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE

    Brian Hewer

    Brian Hewer, Business Development Manager, Multipart Defence, Multipart Distribution

  • Product Support under PPP
  • MoD as a customer
  • MoD as an intelligent customer
  • Managing and balancing risks
  • Inflexible process for the best of reasons?
  • Mutual benefit
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CASE STUDY-RORO FERRY PROJECT

    R Philip Bailey

    R Philip Bailey, Managing Director, Theisen Securities

  • Justifications of the provision of shipping capabilities via PFI to meet sea transport requirements of the MoD’s
  • Presenting a good value for money proposal
  • Choosing the right consortium partners to produce the highest quality bid
  • Demonstrating Sealions commitment to their partnership with the MoD and the financial and industrial strength needed to support their bid
  • Providing the best value for money solution for the MoD and UK taxpayers
  • 12:00 RAISING FINANCE FOR MOD DEALS

    Nick Salisbury

    Nick Salisbury, Director, Specialist Property Finance Team, Barclays Bank

  • Are MoD deals any different to other PFI Deals
  • What are the key factors for financiers
  • Timing issues
  • Monitoring issues
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE OF ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY (ASD)

    Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Perras

    Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Perras, Staff Officer, Directorate Strategic Change, Department of National Defence (Canada)

  • Overview of DND/CF Alternative Service Delivery Program
  • Major ASD Projects: NATO flying in Canada, Supply Chain Project, Site Support Reviews (all CF bases and wings), Contract Support Projects in the Balkans, Research and Development
  • Program challenges
  • Future of ASD program
  • 14:40 PARTNERING THE PUBLIC SECTOR

    Neil Sutherland

    Neil Sutherland, Project Director, Carillion Private Finance

  • Developing competitive bids
  • Pursuing measurable objectives in a focused and mutually supportive way
  • Ensuring all submissions are sufficiently detailed to minimise the need for clarification
  • Ensuring that the risk of the project is evenly spread
  • Examples of how Caillion Private Finance has worked within the MoD
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SAFE GUARDING PROJECT PERFORMANCE

    Lloyd Esau

    Lloyd Esau, Director, Servus

  • Why are abatement systems essential in a ‘Partnership’ Contract
  • Commercial considerations in structuring abatement systems
  • Key considerations in structuring abatement systems
  • Approached to unavailability-the ultimate sanction
  • Systems for performance abatement-measuring qualitative & quantitative variables
  • Where might things go in the future
  • 16:20 BANK VERSUES BOND FINANCE FOR PFI/PPP PROJECTS-TWO PERSPECTIVES

    Jim Barry & Graham Beazley-Long

    Jim Barry & Graham Beazley-Long, Head/Director Global Project & Export Finance, London, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson

  • Advantages/disadvantages of bank and bond finance
  • Bank versus bond decision: the key drivers
  • Impact of the Euro
  • The future
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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