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PFI remains the cornerstone of the MoD procurement programme and a huge amount of progress has been made in meeting Defence modernisation needs.

In its 12th year now, PPP in Defence will present the latest projects and initiatives of this evolving field. It will bring together all key market players and allow sponsors and investors to find out what opportunities are being presented by Governments.

International perspectives from countries such as Canada, Germany, France, Norway and Finland will be covered, with high profile experts from the European Defence Agency and European Commission also speaking. Topics being examined include Partnering Arrangements, Wider Markets and Prime Contracting, with case studies such as Colchester Garrison PFI and Sea King Integrated Operational Support being assessed.

With more than 16 leading industry speakers covering the latest policy developments and procurement issues, this forum will be an unparalleled source of information on PPP in defence.

Confirmed speakers at this event so far include:

  • Ulf Hammarström, Director of Industry & Market, European Defence Agency
  • Sandra Mezzadri, Defence Procurement Expert, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Waite-Roberts, PPP Advisor, Land Projects, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Roger Paxton, Wider Markets Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Paul Martin, Assistant Director in the Partnering Support Group, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Brian G Watson, Director, Major Service Procurement (Air), Government of Canada, Department of National Defence
  • Dr Ulrich Horsmann, Managing Director, g.e.b.b. Company for Development, Procurement and Operation
  • Alexandre Jevakhoff, Economic and Financial Adviser, French Ministry of Defence
  • Lieutenant Colonel Timo Kakkola, Senior Staff Officer, Defence Staff, Finnish Defence Forces
  • Richard Vining, Defence Director, Lend Lease
  • John Miller, Contract Director, Sodexho Defence
  • Frank Beckers, Co-Head Project and Capital Advisory, Deutsche Bank
  • Juliet Reingold, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  •  Dr Jorge Santiago Neves, Partner, Barrocas Sarmento Neves

Recent SMi PPP Defence Conferences have attracted Senior Executives from hundreds of companies including:

BAE SYSTEMS, Ballast, Bank of Scotland, BearingPoint, Bovis Lend Lease, BT, Carillion, Commerzbank, Defence Forces Materiel Command Headquarters, Defence Logistics Organisation, Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), Department of National Defence (Canada), Deutche Bank, EADS, EDF, Ernst & Young, Eversheds, Finnmeccanica, Flagship Training, Fleet Support Ltd, French Embassy, Kier, Group 4 Falck, Interserve, Kellogg Brown & Root, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, MoD (Denmark), Nammo AS, National Audit Office, Patria, QinetiQ, Raytheon, Royal Netherlands Army, Saab AB, Serco, Simmons & Simmons, Singapore Technologies, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Thales, UAE Offsets Group, and many many more...

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David M Moore

David M Moore, MSc Course Director, Cranfield University

9:10 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND PPPs

Lt Col Edward Waite-Roberts

Lt Col Edward Waite-Roberts, PPP Advisor, Land Projects, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence

  • Latest developments
  • Progress to date and aims for the future
  • 9:50 PARTNERING IN THE MOD

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin, Assistant Director in the Partnering Support Group, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence

  • Organisation update
  • Project update
  • Establishing value for money
  • Latest financial issues
  • Approvals process
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 WIDER MARKETS AND MOD

    Roger Paxton

    Roger Paxton, Wider Markets Officer, Ministry of Defence

  • Why are we still in search of a definition?
  • Trying to do it properly
  • Enhancing our reputation
  • Current issues and new processes
  • Why it all matters
  • 11:40 PARTNERING THROUGH PRIME CONTRACTING

    Richard Vining

    Richard Vining, Defence Director, Bovis Lend Lease

  • The concept of a Regional Prime Contract
  • Building the relationship
  • People and change
  • Leadership in change
  • The impact of behaviours
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CASE STUDY: COLCHESTER GARRISON PFI UPDATE

    John Miller

    John Miller, Contract Director, Sodexho

  • Contract changes procedure
  • Project management
  • Managing the payment mechanism
  • Change management
  • Communications
  • Partnering and future business
  • 14:30 STRATEGIC PARTNERING

    Juliet Reingold

    Juliet Reingold, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • What is strategic partnering?
  • How is it different from other kinds of transaction (eg PPP/PFI)
  • What are the key drivers and where is it appropriate to use it?
  • What are the key issues to consider in structuring the deal?
  • Can external financing be raised on a strategic partnering deal?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EXPORTING THE PFI EXPERIENCE – CONTRACTOR’S VIEW

    Richard Graves

    Richard Graves, Head of Business Development, PFI Business Team, Thales Services Division

  • Lessons learnt from bidding, winning and operating UK Defence PFIs, TRST (Tornado Synthetic Training Services) and LATS (Lynx Army Training Service)
  • Similarities of bidding and winning NH90 Training Simulators with German BWB
  • Opportunities arising in France
  • Exporting PFIs beyond the UK and into the rest of world
  • 16:20 RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT IN PARTNERING ENVIRONMENTS

    Elizabeth Loker

    Elizabeth Loker, Associate Partner, IBM Business Consulting Services

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    David M Moore

    David M Moore, MSc Course Director, Cranfield University

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard Armitage

    Richard Armitage, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY

    Ulf Hammarström

    Ulf Hammarström, Director of Industry and Market, European Defence Agency

    9:50 CASE STUDY ON NORWAY

    Erik Normann Warberg

    Erik Normann Warberg, Senior Adviser, Norweigan Defence Research Establishment

  • A new project in Norway looking into finding "best practice"
  • How do we optimise involvement of industry in the defence sector?
  • How does selection of project models affect allocation resources?
  • How do we carry out competition for long term relationships?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PERSPECTIVE FROM CONTINENTAL EUROPE

    Frank Beckers

    Frank Beckers, Co-Head Project & Capital Advisory, Deutsche Bank

  • European overview
  • Different PFI models/frameworks
  • Main differences – to what extent can the UK model be adopted?
  • The outlook for the future
  • 11:40 g.e.b.b. - CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE BUNDESWEHR

    Ulrich Horsmann

    Ulrich Horsmann, Managing Director, g.e.b.b. mbH

  • Strategic approach and challenges
  • German defence PPPs and projects
  • Newest developments, lessons identified
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PPP PROGRAMMES IN PORTUGAL

    Jorge Santiago Neves

    Jorge Santiago Neves, Partner, Barrocas Sarmento Neves

  • Overview of the Portuguese PPP program and legal framework
  • Future PPP opportunities
  • Likely developments for defence PPPs in Portugal
  • 14:30 THE CANADIAN DEFENCE PPP PROGRAMME

    Brian G Watson

    Brian G Watson, Director Major Service Procurement (Air), Government of Canada, Department Of National Defence

  • Review of the current status of ongoing PPP projects
  • PPP concept/strategy in Canadian defence
  • Compare/contrast two Canadian defence pilot training PPPs [NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) and Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS)] and their associated Private Financing Initiatives
  • Analysing the successful inclusion of third party revenue in these PPPs
  • Evaluating what lessons can be learned from the Canadian experience
  • PPP projects in the pipeline
  • 15:10 AN INSIGHT INTO THE FINNISH PPP SECTOR

    Lt Col Timo Kakkola

    Lt Col Timo Kakkola, Senior Staff Officer, Defence Staff, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Overview of PPPs in Finland
  • An overview and insight into the Finnish PPP sector
  • Case study – PPP project in maintenance of war material
  • Conclusions
  • Potential
  • Future outlook
  • An outlook on the current involvement of the private sector
  • The future of Finnish defence procurement and PPPs
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    Richard Armitage

    Richard Armitage, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

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    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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