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SMi is proud to present the 7th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference, taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2022.

With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of naval capability.

As the only Maritime ISR event with a specific focus on Space-Based Domain Awareness, Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2022 follows six very successful predecessors. With the previous events taking place in Rome, the event has brought forward a discussion on the growing need for more comprehensive and sophisticated Joint Maritime ISR capabilities in the Mediterranean and beyond, particularly following the Migrant Crisis that still remains.

This year, with the geographical shift comes a subtle strategic one, providing a renewed focus on some of the strategic threats and technological challenges facing naval and joint forces from across the world. The conference retains an increased focus on space based maritime reconnaissance and the relation between the Littoral and Maritime Domains and ISR capabilities that occur here. The aim is to assist the advancement and engagement of Naval practitioners and Programme Managers through briefings, panel sessions and focused discussion groups on topics including Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more.

Platforms and topics discussed include: Space based ISR, Airborne Platforms & Operations, C4ISTAR, Unmanned Maritime Systems, Hydrographic platforms and many more.. 

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers and military leaders from around the globe
  • unique focus on Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more
  • Maritime equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing maritime reconnaissance and surveillance systems today 

5th Department, Secretary of Defence; ADIT’s The Bulletin; AeroVironment; Agency for Defence- Korea; Australian Government; Capella Space; Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation; CLS; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO; Embassy of Ecuador; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EMM; ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications); EUCAP Somalia; Eunavformed Op. Sophia; European Maritime Safety Agency; FLIR Systems Inc; Frontex Unit; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; Hisdesat Strategic Services, Inc.; IHS Markit; ImageSat International N.V; Inmarsat; IT Navy General Staff; ITAF HQ 3rd Department; Italian Air Force - Maritime Air Inspectorate; Italian Airforce HQ; Italian Hydrographic Institute; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff, 7th Dpt Ship Design & Combat System; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo; Leonardo Helicopters; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; Maxar; Maxar Technologies; MDA; Ministry of National Defence; Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO COE For Operations in Confined & Shallow Waters; NATO STO-CMRE; Ocean 4Future; Orbital Micro Systems Inc; Plans and Maritime Policy Employment of Forces and Maritime Security Department 1st Section – Operations, plans and training; Radley Consulting; Robin Radar Systems BV; Spanish Ministry of Defence; Swedish Defence University; The Royal Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; UAE GHQ; UGAL; United States Coast Guard; United States Navy; ViaSat Communications Inc; Windward; World View Enterprises, Inc;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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9:15 Ensuring Reconnaissance Capabilities for the Royal Navy Through Developing Next Generation Systems

Brigadier John Read

Brigadier John Read, Deputy Director of Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
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  • Outlining current unmanned marine system use in the Royal Navy
  • Ensuring the continued security of British and allied waters in an era of increasing competition
  • Extending the use of unmanned systems to further maritime ISR
  • Exploiting developing technologies to fill information gaps
  • 9:45 Maintaining and Expanding NATO ISR Capabilities in the Baltic Sea: Lessons and Leadership from the Polish Navy

    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski, Commander Maritime Component Command, Polish Navy
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  • Providing effective maritime situational awareness in NATOs contested eastern flank
  • Evaluating the platforms used for ISR operations in the Polish Navy
  • The challenges to operating in the Baltic Sea
  • Integrating new systems and collaborating with allies for comprehensive maritime
  • 10:15 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc

    10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Utilising Satellite Assets for Maritime Situational Awareness and the Future of Space Based Reconnaissance

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo, Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
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  • Overcoming limitations of traditional ISR platforms
  • Spanish satellite capabilities and future requirements for ISR
  • Combining Commercial and Military capabilities for improved data gathering
  • Working towards greater interoperability with NATO and allies
  • 11:45 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Maxar

    12:15 I+D Space-Based Projects to Enhance Maritime Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila, Satellite and Cyber Systems, PNT Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD*
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  •  Permanent Structured Cooperation projects
  • European Defence Industrial Development Programme 2019-2020 projects
  • European Defence Fund calls 2021
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Session Reserved for Hisdesat

    14:15 Royal Navy Aviation: Platforms and Capabilities Within Maritime Reconnaissance

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Colin McGannity, Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy

  • Naval Aviation capabilities of the Royal Navy
  • Fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft of the Royal Navy; P8 Poseidon, Merlin and Wildcat and their efficiency in ISR operations
  • The F-35 Lightning and its ISTAR applications from HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • 14:45 The Merlin Mk2 and Its Maritime Effectiveness for the Royal Navy

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones, Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
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  • The Merlin Mk2; It’s capabilities and effectiveness
  • Operating ISR Platforms from the Carrier Strike Force
  • Interoperability of ISR platforms and the future of rotor based reconnaissance platforms within the Royal Navy
  • 15:15 Session Reserved for MDA Geospatial Services Inc.

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , MDA Geospatial Services Inc.

    15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 Maritime ISR Platforms in the Mediterranean Domain and Effectiveness for Current EU Humanitarian Missions

    Incoming Commander (Name TBD)

    Incoming Commander (Name TBD), Operation Commander, EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI

  • Future Needs among the EU and partners for humanitarian missions within the Mediterranean
  • Multi-domain intelligence for trafficking, smuggling and the arms trade in support of Operation IRINI
  • Operation Sophia and their lessons learnt for on-going Operation IRINI
  • ISR for detecting small vessels
  • The Fixed Wing portfolio of EUNAVFOR MED and their trade-offs: VIGMA, MERLIN, P72A, FALCON, and BRYZA
  • The predator drone and its uses in detecting small vessels
  • 16:45 Swedish Naval Technologies, AEW&C Systems and the Threat of “Grey Zone” Activities

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist, Commander Naval Staff, Royal Swedish Navy
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  • Evaluating ISR capabilities and new developments
  • Countering “Gray Zone” activities
  • AEW&C systems and the new Saab GlobalEye proposal for improving future ISR capabilities
  • Swedish naval ship procurement direction
  • 17:15 ISR Capabilities and Needs for the Belgian Navy for Effectively Monitoring Belgian Coastal Waters and Neighbouring Seas

    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commander Kurt De Winter, Commanding Officer Coastal Security and Harbour Protection, Belgian Navy

  • Naval ISR platforms and future direction for the Belgian Navy
  • Upgrading the Belgian C2 system of the Maritime Situation Centre
  • Integrated system for multi-agency operations and disaster reaction capabilities
  • 17:45 Increasing Latvian Naval Capabilities Through Advanced Surveillance Platforms

    Commander Janis Viksne

    Commander Janis Viksne, Deputy Commander, Sea Surveillance and Communication Service, Latvian Naval Forces
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  • The importance of effective multinational ISR operations on NATO’s Eastern flank
  • Developing a Sea Surveillance System to support Latvian and multinational operations
  • The future of Latvian maritime ISR and exploiting developing technologies to fill information gaps
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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    9:15 Training the Royal Navy to Sense, Understand and Orchestrate Effects at an Enhanced Tempo and Across Domains

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey, Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
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  • Training methodologies to ensure effective use of ISR platforms
  • ISR platforms used for training personnel
  • Trialling of new technologies and practices to improve national naval capabilities
  • 9:45 Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Across a Coalition Environments

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen, Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
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  • Joint-ISR missions and the interoperability of national systems within NATO blue water operations
  • Expanding data communication across national boundaries
  • The MPA/C-27 J as a reconfigurable platform for ISR and ASW capabilities
  • Integration of unmanned systems and their benefits compared to manned systems in maritime environments
  • 10:15 Promoting Allied Integration and Developing Joint Capabilities to Enhance ISTAR Capabilities

    Commodore Thomas Guy

    Commodore Thomas Guy, Deputy Director, NATO Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence
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  • CJOS CoE: Transforming Allied Maritime Potential Into Reality
  • Developing joint and multi-domain ISTAR capabilities through increasing the use of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence to enhance the information edge
  • Evaluating the challenges faced in the future operating environment and how increasing allied integration can assist in overcoming these
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Canadian Space Surveillance Capabilities and Its Application to The Maritime Domain

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson, Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
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  • RADARSAT Constellation Mission and its capabilities within the maritime domain
  • Polar Epsilon 2 Project and its naval task force support capabilities
  • Surveillance and data for integrated missions and capabilities across the military and government
  • The Defence Enhanced Surveillance from Space Project (DESSP) and its future effects on capability on ISR
  • 11:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:15 Task Force 67: Its ASW and ISR Capabilities Within an Interoperable Framework

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson, Commodore, Task Force 67, US Navy
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  • Providing actionable Intelligence for sea-based operations
  • ISR and ASW Platforms for protecting the Sixth Fleet
  • Integration of land-based and sea-based forces
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Enhancement of Naval ISR Capabilities Using Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg, Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
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  • Future Concepts of Operations for using unmanned systems for maritime reconnaissance
  • Unmanned systems being adopted by US Navy Aviation
  • Autonomous verses networked systems and applications of integrated surveillance systems across the US Navy and space-based assets
  • 14:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:45 Autonomous Warfare and Its Use in Enhancing ISR Capabilities Within the Royal Australian Navy

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
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  • A look at the future trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI
  • Considering the use of autonomy in ISR operations: future use-cases and requirements for achieving operational capability
  • Deploying autonomous systems in Royal Australian Navy ISR missions to maximise capabilities and ensure mission success
  • 15:15 Unmanned Maritime Systems Within NATO Operations and The MUS Initiative

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan, Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO

  • The Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) and its effects in creating interoperable unmanned maritime vehicles and systems for NATO nations
  • Information sharing, policy and doctrinal development for unmanned systems within NATO operations
  • Industry partners and growth opportunities
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 EU Maritime Surveillance for EU Global Maritime Interests

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud, Senior Project Officer for Maritime Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
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  • Maritime Surveillance Services by European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Success stories of EU services in the civil domain
  • The way forward
  • 16:45 Maturing and Transitioning Technology for Maritime ISR Systems from the Office of Global Naval Research

    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Dr Rhett Jefferies, Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
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  • Assessing the work of the Office of Naval Research Global in Developing New Technologies for Superior Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Innovative sensor technology for greater and more efficient data harvesting
  • Collaborating with international partners for improving joint capabilities
  • 17:15 Space-Based Maritime Awareness

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Mr Guy Thomas, Managing Director, C-SIGMA LLC
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  • Leveraging innovative technologies to enhance maritime awareness
  • The importance of Global Maritime Awareness in a secure world
  • Drivers and goals of future innovations in the fi eld of space-based maritime awareness
  • 17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Brigadier John Read

    Brigadier John Read

    Deputy Director of Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore, Task Force 67, US Navy
    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Commodore Thomas Guy

    Commodore Thomas Guy

    Deputy Director, NATO Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence
    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski

    Commander Maritime Component Command, Polish Navy
    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier-General G. Michael (Mike) Adamson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1993 after completing his BA in Political Science & Int’l Affairs from Carleton University [Ottawa, ON].

    Receiving his Wings in 1995, he has over 3,000 hours as a CP-140 Aurora Air Combat Systems Officer, conducting operations domestically and deployed around the globe.

    BGen Adamson has been honoured to Command 405 Long-Range Patrol Squadron (2012-2014), and 14 Wing Greenwood (2017-2019). He has served in numerous HQ staff roles, notably as a Career Manager, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, and Director of C4ISR within Chief of Force Development.

    BGen Adamson is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program (2008) and the National Security Program (2020) and has a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

    BGen Adamson was promoted to his current rank in 2020, and appointed as Director General Space, and the Joint Force Space Component Commander.

    Brigadier John Read

    Deputy Director of Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
    Brigadier John Read

    Brigadier John Read is Deputy Director Maritime Capability in Navy Command Headquarters, responsible for delivering next generation Navy capability: turning ideas and concepts into tangible projects and programmes, acting as architect for future force design and providing thought leadership across the organisation.

    John joined the Royal Marines in 1994, graduating as a UCE from Durham University with a BA Honours degree. After a first tour serving with 4 Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service), John’s early career centred on appointments across 40 Cdo RM (Training Officer), 539 Asslt Squadron (OC Raiding Troop and Ops Officer), and HQ 3 Cdo Brigade (SO3 Amphib Ops), the latter incorporating four Brigade level amphibious deployments and operations across two years. Early operational experience consisted of OP BANNER (NI Peace Support), OP BARWOOD (Mozambique flood relief), OP SILKMAN (West African Peace Support), and OP TELIC (Iraq Warfighting).

    On promotion to Major John joined NCHQ as SO2 Surface Manoeuvre in the LLM Capability Delivery Team, attended ACSC10 graduating with a Defence Masters Degree with Distinction, before joining CAP Air & Littoral Manoeuvre (ALM) in Main Building’s Equipment Directorate, and subsequently assuming command of J Company, 42 Cdo RM.

    As a Lieutenant Colonel John was the Royal Marines Personnel Branch Manager, undertaking strategic manpower planning and overseeing post SDSR10 manpower drawdowns, followed by the LitM desk officer in Navy Resources & Plans, transitioning to FMC Navy Policy and Maritime Strategic Force Development lead desk. On delegation John moved back to NCHQ as Chief Of Staff LLM Capability Delivery Team in NCHQ, holding the role through SDSR15, before joining MARCAP as the Maritime Capability Conceptual and Strategic Force Development lead.

    On promotion to Colonel John was DACOS Resources in Navy Finance, responsible for TLB affordability and financial planning, including strategic balance of investment and leading the Annual Budget Cycle. John assumed ACOS Resources & Plans on promotion to Brigadier, encompassing redesign of the Navy Portfolio Office as part of a wider HQ Review. This led to a short stint as Deputy Director Portfolio, building and establishing the new Navy Portfolio Office, prior to assignment as Deputy Director Maritime Capability.

    John is married to Stefanie, and has two children, Jasper (10) and Georgiana (7).

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    CAPT Eric Soderberg is a Massachusetts native and a 1990 graduate of Lehigh university. In 1992, he earned his commission as a distinguished naval graduate of the aviation officer candidate school.
    CAPT Soderberg's first assignment was to helicopter anti-submarine squadron Eleven (HS-11) completing Mediterranean and Arabian gulf deployments aboard USS America and USS George Washington.
    In 1998, CAPT Soderberg entered USN Test pilot school, graduating in 1999. He subsequently served as a safety officer, test pilot and SH-60F/H platform coordinator at the rotary wing aircraft test squadron. While there, he worked extensively on the MH60S test and deployment program, beginning with the initial flight of the first airframe through acceptance into operational evaluation.
    Upon completing his test pilot tour, CAPT Soderberg became an instructor at the fleet replacement training squadron HC-3. In 2003, CAPT Soderberg became a department head with HS-8 where he served as the safety, operations and maintenance officer. During the 2005 around the world deployment on USS Carl Vinson, he was forward deployed to Camp Arifjan Kuwait, where in support of OIF he compiled nearly 100 hours of combat flight time operating in Iraq, completing several classified missions under enemy fire. During this same deployment, he earned his CDO underway qualification.
    He also completed an IA tour to the joint personnel recovery centre (JRPC) in the CENTCOM CA OC Located in Qatar.
    While stationed in NS Newport, in addition to graduating from the Naval war college in 2008, CAPT Soderberg was an associate fellow with the CNO's strategic studies group XXVI.
    Capt. Soderberg served as the Commanding officer of HSC-8, the first CVW MH-60S squadron to deploy under the Navy's Helo Master Plan. During his Naval careers, he amassed over 4000 flight hours in 22 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
    Capt. Soderberg has been assigned to NAVAIR since 2011, first as the MH-60S class desk followed by the MH-60S IPT lead and then as the military director of NAVAIR's cyber warfare detachment. CAPT Soderberg is currently assigned as the Program manager for PMA-266.

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Commander Naval Staff, Royal Swedish Navy
    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Fredrik Palmquist is a Surface Warfare officer and has worked in several positions in the Missile boat- and the Corvette squadrons in Stockholm. He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1988 and took positions as PWO AAW and ASW and was the Commanding Officer of HMS Starkodder 1998-2000 and the Commanding Officer of the 41th Corvette squadron 2008-2010. He has also been deployed in UNIFIL MAROPS in Lebanon in 2006-2007 as Head of N5 in the German CTF staff during one year.


    He graduated from Command Collage in Stockholm in 2002 and held thereafter different positions in the Defense Staff. He was DCOS in the Defense Staff from 2012 and he was promoted to Captain (N) 2014 and took the same year the position as DCOM Naval Department at the Training and Procurement Staff until 2017 when he became COM 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla. From 2019 is Fredrik Palmquist Director of the Swedish Naval Staff.


    Fredrik Palmquist is a fellow and a member of the board of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences and is published several times with pieces about sub surface and surface warfare. He is the former President of the Rotary Club of Djursholm, former Chairman of the trust Drotting Victorias Örlogshem and has been the chairman of the Naval Club of Stockholm. He is also the vice Chairman of the town council in his hometown Danderyd.


    Golf and sailing are his main interests besides taking care of old fashion wooden boats.

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore, Task Force 67, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain Tim Thompson graduated from Oregon State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a Master of Science in Operations Management and a graduate of Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Business Administration and holds a Project Management Professional certification.

    His operational assignments include service with the "Grey Knights" of VP-46, where he was twice awarded Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN's Crew of the Year; catapult and arresting gear officer onboard USS J. C. Stennis (CVN 74); department head with the "Golden Eagles" of VP-9; and Executive and 65th Commanding Officer of the "Fighting Marlins" of VP-40. He has accumulated over 3000 flight hours including over 400 combat flight hours in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE.

    His shore assignments include Tactics and New Technologies Department Head with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN (CPRW-10); VP sea and shore detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-432); program lead for Headquarters exercises, U.S. Africa Command, J-7, Joint Training and Readiness Directorate; Military Assistant (MA) to the Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management) and Executive Assistant to the Director, Office of Chief Management Officer (OCMO), responsible for supporting the Under Secretary of the Navy in the performance of his duties as the Department of the Navy's Chief Management Officer.

    Before reporting as Commodore, Task Force SIX SEVEN, he completed a corporate fellowship with Deloitte, L.L.P., as part of the academic year 2019-2020 Secretary of Defense Executive Fellowship program.

    His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various personal, campaign, and unit awards. He is married to the former Amy Davis of Wenatchee, Washington. They reside with their son Gabriel and their two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Lucy and Piper.

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO
    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones joined the Royal Navy in 2005 aged 18 and trained as a Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Observer (NFO). Operational flying experience includes multiple tours in Op HERRICK (Afghanistan) and Op UNIFED PROTECTOR (Libya), alongside a number of maritime exercises. Chris became an Observer Instructor before staff tours in PJHQ and NCHQ, flight Command (which saw further operational Service in the Arabian Gulf), selection as Senior Observer and now Sqn Command. He has most recently supported the Crowsnest Programme during initial fielding and Operational deployment.

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy
    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Janis Viksne

    Deputy Commander, Sea Surveillance and Communication Service, Latvian Naval Forces
    Commander Janis Viksne

    1. Commander Janis Viksne joined Latvian Navy in 1999 aged 19 as a conscript in 1 year mandatory service. Until 2003 continued under contract of professional service. Deployments on MCM Squadron Navy ships (Navigation/Comms section).
    2. In 2007 graduated from Latvian Maritime Academy (Ships handling, navigation), and Latvian National Defence Academy (Navy officer).
    3. SNMCMG-1 experience in 2009 on board LVNS M-06 TALIVALDIS.
    4. NICSC (Naval Intermediate Commanding and Staff Course) in Latvian National Defence Academy 2014.
    5. BALTRON (Baltic Naval Squadron) experience in different positions. Last deployment at BALTRON HQ onboard LVNS A-53 VIRSAITIS as a Squadron Communication officer in 2015.
    6. Navy HQ experience in N-6 Department as an InfoSEC Officer, acting Chief of N-6 Department 2013-2020.
    7. Information Systems Management course at Fort Gordon Signal School, USA, 2016-2017.
    8. Current position – Deputy Commander of the Latvian Sea Surveillance and Communication Service since January 2020.
    9. Last international military experience at EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI OHQ (JUN-DEC 2020).
    10. Awarded with EU Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal for Planning and Support, Latvian NAF medal "For participation in international operations", Naval Medal "For Merit" 2nd degree.

     

    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commanding Officer Coastal Security and Harbour Protection, Belgian Navy
    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Paul Hornsby is Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor for Autonomous Warfare. This includes representing Chief of Navy and Head of Navy Capability on various FVEY and NATO Steering Boards and Working Groups. Since early 2019, this has included being capability sponsor for multiple innovation projects. He regularly lectures internationally and consults to industry, academic and government entities. For these efforts he was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia. Previously he was responsible for Navy’s Mine Warfare, Diving and Special Operations capability, and was concurrently Navy Lead for the successful Autonomous Warrior program (a series of FVEY operational and industry trials, that are yet to be surpassed US, UK and other allies). Prior to this, Hornsby was responsible for various Littoral Warfare projects, including Capability Sponsor for SEA 1180 (OPVs) and SEA 3036 (GCPB), in addition to drafting Navy’s position on most Army projects.


    His recent operational roles within HQJOC have included responsibility for maritime planning and commitments, including running a number of exercises in SE Asia. Prior to this he served with US Central Command as Branch Chief for US Joint Operations Planning covering US and Coalition maritime operations in the Middle East, in addition to US operations in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. For this he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal by President Obama. With two US officers, Hornsby co-drafted the US Theatre Campaign Plan for all US operations in the Middle East, and is the only non-US officer to have led an entire Line-Of-Effort planning team, convening multiple US departments and agencies. He was previously the Australian Defence Force’s liaison with US Central Command Forward HQ where he worked with Coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.


    In areas of strategic management Hornsby has previously been the RAN’s Director Navy Governance, Director Navy Business Improvements, Director Navy Improvement Strategies and Deputy CIO of the Navy. Prior to this he was the Operational Test Director for Mine Warfare and Hydrographic projects. At sea he has commanded patrol boats, mine hunters and the submarine rescue ship HMAS Protector. Additionally, he has commanded a number of Advance Force Task Groups as part of some large FVEY exercises. In areas of training he has been both Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Recruit Training School and Head of Faculty for Maritime Warfare Officers Training (previously EXAC).


    Despite a broad Navy career, he is better known outside the RAN for his Chairmanship of the International Federation HS (2004 to 2008) and as President of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (1999 to 2008). With the support of the then CN, among other achievements he established the tripartite MoUs with the IHO and Federation Internationale Geometric, in addition to having his views on maritime exploration and the future of undersea technology published widely. He retired from both positions in 2008 in order to pursue operational opportunities. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of Australia On The Map (AOTM).


    In his early career, he qualified in destroyers and frigates before serving as Diving Officer of HMA Ships Perth and Jervis Bay. Hornsby also served over a year in the US as part of the Commissioning Crew of HMAS Sydney, in addition to serving briefly with the Royal Marines 3rd Raiding Squadron, 10th Ghurkha Rifles and RN Units in SE Asia. He was awarded the Peter Mitchell Prize on graduating 1st in his class from the Royal Australian Naval College and UNSW. He holds degrees in marine geophysics (oil & gas) and history & philosophy of science, in addition to a number of graduate diplomas.

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Educated at Abingdon School and the University of London, Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as a Seaman Officer. Early appointments included Far East and Gulf
    deployments in the frigates HMS CORNWALL and BRILLIANT, the Dartmouth
    Navigation Training Ship HMS ORWELL and in HMS SHEFFIELD. Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 1999, he was deployed in HMS KENT in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist
    attacks and was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

    Commands have included the Patrol Ship HMS DUMBARTON CASTLE operating in the South Atlantic, the Mine Hunter HMS CHIDDINGFOLD and the T23 Frigate HMS IRON
    DUKE conducting Disaster Relief and Counter Narcotics operations in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

    Naval Staff appointments have centred on the Maritime Battle Staff both in Plans and Current Operations (Op TELIC/Op IRAQI FREEDOM) and as Captain of the Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff (responsible for the JOINT WARRIOR exercise series). In the Ministry of Defence he served as the Naval Staff desk lead for Defence Reform implementation and in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and additionally, as the Military Assistant to the Political Director.

    Joint Staff roles have included an appointment to the Permanent Joint Headquarters as the Middle East Operations Team Leader (Op SHADER/Op INHERENT RESOLVE). Most recently he served for two years as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the UK Carrier Strike Group, deploying twice with HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH for F-35B trials and Operational Testing.

    A graduate of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course and the US Combined Force Maritime Component Commander’s Course, he lives in rural Oxfordshire with his wife and two teenage children. Andrew assumed the new position of Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training in March 2020.

    Commodore Thomas Guy

    Deputy Director, NATO Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence
    Commodore Thomas Guy

    Tom Guy's early appointments included a wide variety of ships, from patrol craft to mine-hunters, frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers, ranging from fishery protection to counter-piracy and UN embargo operations as well as training and operating with a broad range of NATO allies. An anti-submarine warfare officer by background, he commanded the minehunter HMS Shoreham and the frigate HMS Northumberland. Ashore he worked in the strategy area of the MOD and directed the Naval Division of the Joint Staff College. He served as Chief of Staff to the UK's Commander Amphibious Task Group, as the Captain (Surface Ships) of the Devonport Flotilla, and in force generation in Navy Command Headquarters.

    Operational Staff appointments have included tours ashore and afloat in the Balkans and the Gulf, including service in the Headquarters of the Multi-National Force Iraq (Baghdad) in 2005. In 2016-17 he was the Deputy UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain, working alongside the US Fifth Fleet Headquarters. He assumed the role of Deputy Director of the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk, VA, in September 2017.

    Conrado Avila

    PNT Systems, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Conrado Avila

    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Dr. Rhett W. Jefferies became Technical Director of the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) in February 2020. He previously served as Science Director in Santiago Chile for Interdisciplinary Science beginning in July 2018. He leads command technical experts to facilitate international research collaborations in emerging science and technology, seek innovations and revolutionary technology advances and accelerate technology transition to the fleet.

    Dr. Jefferies has 30 years of leadership and management experience, 25 years involved in research and development. Prior to joining ONRG, Dr. Jefferies conducted fundamental and applied research spanning a wide range of technology areas including renewable energy production, propulsion, multi-phase flows, flow control and marine vehicles as an Associate Research Professor at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory. He was a member of the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty and served as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI and test engineer for projects funded by government and industry, often employing advanced instrumentation and optical diagnostic techniques.

    From November 2009 – July 2013 he implemented and managed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program to accelerate technology development in partnership with industry, to reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise of commercial aircraft. Previous to the FAA, Dr. Jefferies served over 20 years in a variety of technical and staff positions in the US Air Force. These included three assignments as program manager in the Air Force Research Laboratory developing technology to improve aircraft, engine and missile performance, and managing basic fluid mechanics research in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He was also Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Aeronautics Laboratory in the Aeronautics Department of the US Air Force Academy.

    Dr. Jefferies is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
     

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    Operation Commander, EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI
    Incoming Commander (Name TBD)

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Satellite and Cyber Systems, PNT Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD*
    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Conrado Ávila joined the Spanish Army as an officer of the Engineers Weapon. With twenty six years’ experience, in both of the Spanish Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior, he have achieved significant challenges as the provision of C4ISR capabilities to the Spanish National Coordination Centre of the European Border Surveillance System, and in several projects to obtaining earth observation satellite capabilities for surveillance and intelligence in the fight against organized crime, in collaboration with European agencies as EU SATCEN, FRONTEX, EMSA and ESA.

    Miguel Angel García Primo

    CEO, Hisdesat
    Miguel Angel García Primo

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Managing Director, C-SIGMA LLC
    Mr Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, inventor of satellite AIS (S-AIS) and author of the C-SIGMA (Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness) concept, basis for Implementation Task #1 of the US National Space Policy), did not start off as an inventor. For the first 23 years of his professional life Guy was a special intelligence officer, a true “SPOOK”, operating in the shadow world of highly classified surveillance operations and systems development in the Navy and Air Force. He subsequently spent over 30 years in classified research and development before he became the US’ Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) from 2003-2012.

    Guy is one of the very few naval officers to serve in operations of national significance in all three environments, on, over and under the sea, leading intelligence collection operations in cruisers and submarines, spending nearly a year in hostile waters, and in both USN and USAF reconnaissance aircraft with over 2,000 hours in unfriendly airspace.

    He is the Author of “A Silent Warrior steps Out of the Shadows”, his autobiography, which was recently cleared for publication after a 19 month review by six organizations of the Intelligence Community.

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Senior Project Officer for Maritime Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Official of the European Commission since 1995. Joined the European Maritime Safety Agency in 2006 and has been since then working in different projects of EU maritime interest including the EU traffic monitoring System SafeSeaNet and the EU Oil pollution Response network. In 2016 she joint the Maritime Surveillance Unit , to manage satellite based and UAV based services in support of civil Maritime Surveillance.

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. Globally connected, Nick is a key thought leader on Blue Economy potential and tech innovation in associated domains.
    He advises on a wide range of marine and maritime issues, including: the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies; the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability; near or real time situational awareness (especially from space based assets and applications), and maritime training and education.
     

    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski

    Commander Maritime Component Command, Polish Navy
    Rear Admiral (UH) Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral (OF-7) Krzysztof ‘Kris’ Jaworski was born in 1966, and is a 1990 graduate of the Polish Naval Academy with the Master of Navigation and Naval Armament. Additionally, he holds master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC (2015). Moreover, RADM Jaworski graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 1998. He has had multiple command and staff positions throughout the last 28 years.


    His sea tours include commanding officer, Tarantul-class corvette; flotilla and squadron staff officer and chief of staff. Finally, in 2007 he was appointed as a commander of the Fast Patrol Boat Squadron and was promoted to Captain.


    Ashore, RADM Jaworski assumed duties as the senior naval advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces as well as served in Maritime Operational Division N-3, Polish Navy HQ.


    His operational deployment includes chief of staff, Deputy Support Operations, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, Kabul. Afterwards, he was assigned as a Deputy
    of Chief of Armament Directorate, Navy Inspectorate, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces.


    His staff assignments also include chief of staff, 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, Swinoujscie (2015) as well as commander of 3rd Ships’ Flotilla in Gdynia (2016) followed by his promotion to flag officer in November 2016.


    He assumed his current position as Maritime Component Commander in May 2018 and in August he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (upper half).
    Jaworski’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Cross of Merit, Silver Long Service Medal, Afghanistan Star, Gold Medal of Merit for National Defense,
    Gold Medal of the Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland, Non-Article 5 Medal, Pro Patria Medal and other various personal, unit and service awards.


    RADM Jaworski and his wife have been happily married for more than 30 years and have two adult sons. He is an active long-distance runner. He is interested in maritime history, particularly the Polish Navy engagement during WW2.
     

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    RAdm. Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares y Pérez de Acevedo joined the Naval Academy in 1979 and graduated as Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1984.
    He has spent most of his career in afloat Units and Staffs, both national and NATO, as well as European Union. He has commanded four ships: FPB “Ordoñez”, OPV “Serviola”, FFG “Santa María” and LPD “Galicia”, and has also served for four years in the Spanish Air Force 221 Squadron as TACCO (P3 Tactical Coordinator). During this period, he deployed to Operations “Active Endeavour” and “Enduring Freedom”, as Executive Officer of the frigate SPS “Canarias”.
    He coursed Naval Communications Studies and graduated in the Naval War College.


    Promoted to RAdm. on November 2015, he served as Head of Operations Branch in SP Navy HQ until November 2016, when he assumed command of the Naval Action Group 1 (COMGRUP-1).


    In 2017 he was designated Deputy Commander (DCOM) of the Operation “Atalanta” in the OHQ in Northwood (UK) and in 2018 was deployed as Force Commander of EUNAVFOR SOMALIA on board his Flag Ship SPS “Castilla”.


    After his deployment he served as DCOM in the HRF (M) SP HQ (SPMARFOR) until he was assigned to his current position in February 2020.
    RAdm. Pérez de Nanclares is married to Isabel Fernández, and they have four daughters.
     

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Hans-Jörg Detlefsen was born in 1963 in Böel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, initiated his military career in 1983.

    After naval officer training, he conducted his flight training on fighter/bomber aircraft in Sacramento, USA; Cottesmore,UK; and Fürstenfeldbruck and Jever in Germany. He graduated as a naval aviator for TORNADO aircraft in 1989.

    In 1999, he became squadron leader at Naval Air Wing 2 Eggebek. From 2003 to 2004, he served as group commander and was responsible for the transfer of naval air capabilities to the German Air Force after the decision was made to reduce naval air capabilities.

    He has collected more than 2,000 flying hours in 15 years of active flying duty. During this time, he commanded German naval fighter/bombers several times on extended flights in international exercises, including weapons and missile training (live firing) abroad.

    From 1997 to 1999, he attended the general staff course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. After assignments as military assistant to the German Naval Fleet Commander and as desk officer in the Ministry of Defence, he returned to the Command and Staff College in 2004 as a tutor on the Joint General Staff course.

    From 2006 to 2008 he worked as a military assistant to the Minister of Defence. After promotion to captain, was assigned to the post of military advisor and Division Head in the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels.

    In 2012 he returned to Nordholz/Cuxhaven as Chief of Staff of the Naval Air Command. In 2013, he became Commander-in-Chief of Naval Air Command. During that period, he was in charge of reorganising the naval air forces and prepared for the introduction of new types of aircraft, helicopters and drones into the German Navy.

    In 2016, he was appointed as Head of Division in the Directorate-General for Security and Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence in Berlin, with responsibility for the FMOD’s bilateral relations and military capacity-building worldwide. On year later in 2017, he was appointed as Head of Division for military matters and security policy at the Federal Chancellery. In 2018, he was the interim Head of the Inter-ministerial working group on hybrid threats. In June 2019, he took over command of NATO Maritime Air Command (COM MARAIR). Hans-Jörg has two grown children.

    Rear Admiral Detlefsen qualifications include the US Navy Flag Level Course Maritime Component Commander and the Senior Navigator course with the US Air Force. Additionally he has had training on speaking, communication, and moderator skills, completed the UN observer course participant at NORDIC UN and the EU Defence College High-Level Course on Sector Security Reform (SSR/ DDR).

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    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:

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    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

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    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

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