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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 8th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference, taking place on the 1st and 2nd of February 2023.

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 2023 follows seven 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.

Platforms and topics discussed include: Maritime Patrol Aircraft Development, RPAS for Maritime Surveillance, Space-Based ISR, C4ISR, Search & Rescue, Autonomy, Coastal & Littoral Surveillance, Enhancing Overall Maritime Security and More...
 

 

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers and military leaders from around the globe
  • A 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
     

Aerovironment; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Babcock International ; Belgian Navy ; Boeing; Canadian Armed Forces; CJOS COE; Commando Helicopter Force; C-SIGMA; e-BO Enterprises; Embassy of Brazil; European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA); General Atomics Aeronautical Systems UK; High Commission Of Malaysia; Hisdesat Strategic Services, Inc.; Honeywell; Horizon Technologies ; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff; Joint Forces Command ; JTEPS (COM FOST); Kongsberg Satellite Services AS; Maxar; MDA; NATO; NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) ; NATO HQ MARCOM; Northrop Grumman; Office of Naval Research Global; Polish Navy; Royal Australian Navy; Royal Navy; Royal Navy Office of Chief Technology Officer; Royal Swedish Navy; Spanish Ministry of Defence - National Armament Directorate; Systems Engineering & Assessments Limited; Tekever Ltd; Teledyne Defence & Space; TNO; U.S. Navy; UKSC; Ultra Electronic; United Arab Emirates Embassy-The Military Attache’s Office; University of Edinburgh; US Navy; USMC; Vake As; Venlandon ltd; ViaSat Communications Inc; Viasat UK; Windward;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
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9:00 Developing New Maritime ISR and SAR Capabilities for the Royal Navy with Industry

Mr Andy Mitchell

Mr Andy Mitchell, Develop Deputy Director - Navy Capability Sponsor, Royal Navy
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• An outline of the key modernisation projects for Royal Navy maritime ISR assets
• Exploiting developing technologies to enhance intelligence collection and dissemination for the Royal Navy
• Working with the UK BattleLab and key industry partners to develop new platforms and capabilities
• Future Royal Navy development sponsorship opportunities for industry

9:30 Future Force Development for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operations

Commodore Jason Armstrong

Commodore Jason Armstrong, Director General Naval Force Development, Canadian Armed Forces
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  • An overview of the maritime reconnaissance capabilities of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Modernisation of airborne ISR assets for Canadian maritime operations
  • Operation NANOOK and maintaining maritime domain defence in the Northern Regions
  • Multinational exercises in the High North and maintaining Artic maritime security
  • Planned capabilities – Including the introduction of uncrewed assets into the RCN fleet
  • 10:00 Readiness and Effects is Changing and How that is Likely to Change the Opportunities for Int and Surv in Multi-Domain/National Live Practices

    Captain Charles Guy

    Captain Charles Guy, Captain Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff CJTEPS, Royal Navy
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  • Training methodologies to ensure effective use of ISR platforms
  • ISR platforms used for training personnel and their application within an operational context
  • Maritime reconnaissance training across both RN sea and air platforms
  • Trialling of new technologies and practices to improve national naval capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Effective Communication in Complex Maritime Scenarios

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi, Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership – AIS LoB, Leonardo
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    • Effective communication as a key factor for success
    • Surveillance capabilities in the digital era
    • Interoperability
    • Business flexibility

    11:30 Developing New Capabilities for Surveillance of UK Waters and Enhancing Maritime Security

    Mr Ian Pears

    Mr Ian Pears, Chief Technology Officer, UK Joint Maritime Security Centre
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    • An overview of maritime security capabilities of the Joint Maritime Security Centre – Including satellites, aerial surveillance, drones, radar, surface assets & ship borne sensors
    • The UK maritime security community and furthering the Maritime Domain Awareness Programme
    • Working with UK and international partners to develop new maritime surveillance capabilities
    • Future projects and assets of the JMSC to further UK maritime security

    12:00 Autonomous Warfare and Its Use in Enhancing ISR Capabilities Within the Royal Australian Navy (Virtual Presentation)

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Operational Requirements Sponsor, Autonomous Warfare, 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 usecases and requirements for achieving operational capability
  • Deploying autonomous systems in Royal Australian Navy ISR missions to maximise capabilities and ensure mission success
  • 12:30 ESM as a Key Maritime Surveillance Sensor for Autonomous Platforms

    Mr Jon Roe BSc CEng CITP MBCS

    Mr Jon Roe BSc CEng CITP MBCS, CEO, ESROE
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    ESM has long been a key surveillance sensor for larger military platforms in the maritime domain, whether they be warships, patrol aircraft, or submarines. This presentation looks at the benefits that accrue from the extension of ESM onto autonomous vehicles, and the design of the sensor required to achieve this capability, examining:

  • Range extension beyond what can be achieved from a warship, with the ability to place the ESM where it might not be possible/desirable to position a major surveillance asset.
  • How miniature ESM can be fitted alongside other sensors without stretching payload limits.
  • The cost effectiveness of MicroESM, enabling the use of ESM in primarily civilian maritime surveillance operations for the first time.
  • An example of MicroESM design which is suited to both military and civilian operations.
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Maritime Insights: Layered Surveillance for Actionable Intelligence

    Mr Robert Quinn

    Mr Robert Quinn, Director, Geointelligence, MDA
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    • Layering surveillance with multiple modalities combining space radar, optical, infrared, radio frequency with advanced analytics
    • Actionable intelligence for maritime missions providing operational support for defence & security, counter piracy, human trafficking, illegal fishing, counter terrorism and narcotics
    • Maritime Insights using layered surveillance to find, locate and track vessels of interest
    • Maritime security broadly connected asymmetrical operational support from defence to ocean conservation and human trafficking mission.

    14:30 Advancing Airpower in Support of UK Maritime Operations (Virtual Presentation)

    Commander Christopher Jones

    Commander Christopher Jones, Commanding Officer, 824 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy
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  •   Ensuring the continued security of British and allied interests in an era of increasing competition 
  • An overview of the fixed wing and rotary wing ISR assets being utilised by the Royal Navy
  •   The future of uncrewed air systems in the Royal Navy
  • 15:00 Advancing the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces Rotary Wing Maritime Patrol, S&R and ISR Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey

    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey, Commandant Helicopter Warfare Centre, Defense Helicopter Command, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    • An overview of the Helicopter Warfare Centre and developing new rotary wing capabilities and training for the Royal Netherlands Air Force
    • Rotary wing maritime patrol and search & rescue platforms for RNAF operations
    • Integrating uncrewed assets into the RNAF
    • Optimising ISR capabilities for future missions
    • Working with industry to meet requirements for new capabilities to achieve overmatch

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Current Trends and New Technologies in Airborne Maritime Surveillance

    Dr Nils Robbe

    Dr Nils Robbe, Director Marketing & Sales, Aerodata AG
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    • Spectrum of User Requirements
    • Trends
    • Mission Management as the integrating element
    • Public Procurement from an Industry Perspective

    16:30 Building an Ecosystem: Connecting AI and Autonomy to US & UK Naval Programs

    Mr Jeffrey Brewer

    Mr Jeffrey Brewer, US Co-Director, NavalX London Tech Bridge, US Navy
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  • The role and mission of NavalX London Tech Bridge
  • Building an ecosystem, making connections, and improving communications
  • Solving complex naval warfare challenges with innovative solutions
  • Connecting US and UK naval needs and challenges with expert solution providers across industry and academia. 
  • Sharing information, concepts and platforms between allies
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    17:00 Optimising Maritime Surveillance Technology to Enhance US Maritime Border Security

    • Overview of S&T and S&T’s role in DHS.
    • Capability and Collaboration of experts to provide mission-based research & Development
    • S&T Mission organizational breakdown.
    • Maritime Safety and Security Program and Project Overviews
    • International partnerships – How to collaborate with S&T

    Mr Matt Barger

    Mr Matt Barger, Director, Mission & Capability Support Office, Maritime & Immigration Security Solutions Team Division, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
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    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
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    9:00 Interoperable Maritime Reconnaissance in Support of NATO and Allied Naval Operations

    Commodore Phil Nash

    Commodore Phil Nash, Deputy Director of Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO CJOS COE
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  •  Conducting combined and joint ISR operations in the maritime domain
  • Enhancing interoperability for the employment of maritime ISR and C2 capabilities 
  • Implications for maritime ISR with the employment of AI
  • Challenges and competitors in the maritime domain – China & Russia
  • Future requirements for the development of innovative maritime reconnaissance capabilities and multi-domain integration  
  • 9:30 Procuring, Integrating and Sustaining Enhanced Maritime Patrol and ISR Assets for Danish Naval Operations

    Commodore Claus L. Andersen

    Commodore Claus L. Andersen, Deputy National Armaments Director, Planning and Coordination Division, Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO)
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    • An overview of the maritime patrol, PNT, SAR and space based ISR assets of the Royal Danish Navy
    • The Danish perspective into High North/Artic maritime security operations from a logistics perspective
    • Procuring and integrating uncrewed systems into the Royal Danish Navy to enhance maritime situational awareness
    • Future requirements for Danish maritime ISR capabilities

    10:00 Future Exploitation of digital ISR data for Operational Advantage

    Commander David Berry

    Commander David Berry, SO1 IW & C5ISR, Develop Directorate, Royal Navy

  • An outline of the key challenges facing the RN and he proliferation of data around the battlespace.
  • Enhancing C4; CEMA and ISR capabilities for maritime operations.
  • Future priorities for the RN IW development Team.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Supporting US and Allied Naval Operations Through Effective Airborne Reconnaissance Capabilities

    Captain Bryan Hager

    Captain Bryan Hager, Commander, Task Force SIX SEVEN & Air Force Sigonella, US Navy
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    • The role of Task Force 67 and its land-based Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) duties
    • ISR and MPRA priorities for the 6th Fleet’s when operating in the European and African theatres
    • Overview of CTF-67’s ISR platforms, the P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton
    • A look at the path ahead for CTF-67 and the 6th Fleet

    11:30 PATSIMAR: 2023

    Capitaine de Frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Capitaine de Frégate Johan Eidesheim, Commandant, Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Patrol Center of Expertise (CENTEX PATSIMAR), French Navy
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  •  An overview of French maritime ISR platforms
  • Capability upgrades with the planned delivery of the Falcon 50M and Falcon 2000 Albatros aircraft
  •  Enhancing high-altitude observation capabilities, at-sea SAR and zone surveillance missions with optronic acquirements
  •  Multinational operations with NATO and international allies
  • 12:00 Supporting Maritime Operations with Advanced Airborne ISR Platforms (Virtual Presentation)

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger, Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
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  •  Supporting maritime operations with airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface (ASUW) capabilities
  • Conducting through-life test and evaluation (T&E) to optimise RCAF Long Range Patrol C2ISR capabilities
  • Upgrading the CP-140 Aurora Legacy Platform and plans to procure new ISR platforms to support current and future maritime patrol missions
  • 12:30 Enhancing NATO Maritime Security Through Developing MPA & ISR Assets for Global Operations

    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Commander Marty Van Duin, Section Head Future Operations, Maritime Air, NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
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    • Working with international partners to enhance multi-domain support to maritime operations
    • NATO Maritime Air’s maritime patrol, SAR and space based ISR capabilities
    • Developing new capabilities and technologies for maritime reconnaissance assets
    • Future requirements for NATO Maritime Air operational platforms

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Work of the Office of Naval Research in Developing Sensor and ISR Capabilities for the US Navy and its Allies

    Captain Andy Berner

    Captain Andy Berner, XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
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  •  An overview of the priorities of the ONR – Including the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE)
  • Multinational collaborative projects between ONR Global and allies to develop maritime ISR capabilities 
  • Dominance in the Cognitive Domain and enhancing decision superiority – Utilising analytics and AI to distil information and data into actionable decisions faster 
  • Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) and developing sensor, seeker and targeting capabilities for US naval assets
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    14:30 Leveraging Uncrewed Maritime Technologies for Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness

  • Adapting platforms to enhance new capabilities
  • Updates on testing and demonstrating of new platforms
  • Examining innovation efforts
  • Capt (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

    Capt (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Surface Navy Association
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    15:00 Utillising Enhanced Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology to Safeguard Mariners in UK Waters and Assist Search and Rescue (SAR) (Virtual Presentation)

    Ms Jennifer Cooke

    Ms Jennifer Cooke, Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency
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  • The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s future aviation strategy and priorities for supporting Search and Rescue
  • Modernisation of the UKSAR fleet
  • The development and integration of uncrewed assets for the MCA
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 NATO AGS Force

  • NATO AGS Force overview and structure;
  • RQ-4 sensor capabilities
  • NAGSF support to Ukraine Crises
  • NAGSF Support to MARCOM (sea Guardian Op)
  • Milestones and Timeline
  • Challenge
  • Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt, Flying Squadron Commander, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
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    Captain Andrius Mika

    Captain Andrius Mika, ISR Squadron Surveillance Branch Surveillance Controller/Mission Director, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force

    16:30 700X Naval Air Squadron (Virtual Presentation)

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard, Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
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  • The Maritime Uncrewed Air System (UAS) centre of expertise.
  • Developing, generating and operating Maritime UAS Operational Capability
  • Maritime UAS Operational Capabilities that are in-service or entering service soon: Maritime ISR capabilities, Maritime Intra Theatre Lift Capabilities
  • 17:00 A Growing Tidal Wave in Space

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Mr Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
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  •  The explosive growth in the numbers and capabilities of Space Systems have changed the Maritime World at its core.
  • Impact of the launch of the first S-AIS constellation by ORBCOMM
  • Pairing Imaging systems, both SAR and Optical, with S-AIS and the more recent additions of ELINT and visible light detecting satellites 
  • Channel Logistics’ combination of system outputs via an AI-based maritime all-source analytical tool 
  • Similar tools moving forward
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Andy Berner

    Captain Andy Berner

    XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
    Captain Bryan Hager

    Captain Bryan Hager

    Commander, Task Force SIX SEVEN & Air Force Sigonella, US Navy
    Captain Charles Guy

    Captain Charles Guy

    Captain Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff CJTEPS, Royal Navy
    Commander Christopher Jones

    Commander Christopher Jones

    Commanding Officer, 824 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy
    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Section Head Future Operations, Maritime Air, NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Operational Requirements Sponsor, Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy
    Commodore Claus L. Andersen

    Commodore Claus L. Andersen

    Deputy National Armaments Director, Planning and Coordination Division, Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO)
    Commodore Phil Nash

    Commodore Phil Nash

    Deputy Director of Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO CJOS COE
    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey

    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey

    Commandant Helicopter Warfare Centre, Defense Helicopter Command, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
    Mr Andy Mitchell

    Mr Andy Mitchell

    Develop Deputy Director - Navy Capability Sponsor, Royal Navy
    Mr Guy Thomas

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Director, C-SIGMA
    Mr Jeffrey Brewer

    Mr Jeffrey Brewer

    US Co-Director, NavalX London Tech Bridge, US Navy
    Ms Jennifer Cooke

    Ms Jennifer Cooke

    Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy

    Capitaine de Frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Commandant, Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Patrol Center of Expertise (CENTEX PATSIMAR), French Navy
    Capitaine de Frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Commander Johann Eidesheim joins the Navy in 1993. Following his Flight Navigator and Radar Operator course, he is assigned to the Maritime Patrol Squadron 21F in Nîmes-Garons and participates in many operational missions. From 1998, he holds the position of tactical coordinator on ATL2 and stands out positively during several operational deployments.

    In 2001, appointed Deputy Liaison Officer on board of two American aircraft carriers as part of "Enduring Freedom" operation, he is the aeronautic adviser of the coalition Commander. Coming back to a Maritime Patrol Squadron, he participates in numerous operational missions: Djibouti, "Licorne" operation (Ivory Coast), "Epervier/Dorca'' operation (Chad).

    In 2009, he joins the training department at the Naval Air Station of Lann-Bihoué. Appointed course director, he is in charge of the tactical training for the maritime patrol crews. In November 2010, he is nominated as ATL2 adviser within the "Sahel" crisis cell for the planning and control operation centre of the military headquarters.

    In 2011, he is appointed to the Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Patrol Center of Expertise (CENTEX PATSIMAR). Qualified Forward Air Controller Airborne (FAC-A), he participates in “Harmattan” operation (Libya) then Serval (Mali).

    In 2014, he is appointed to MARCOM in Northwood (UK) as operational planner. In September 2019, graduated of War College, he is appointed within the Navy Operational Headquarters in charge of Navy Air operational employment and doctrine.

    The Commander Johann Eidesheim is currently commanding the Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Patrol Center of Expertise (CENTEX PATSIMAR).

    Totalling more than 5000 flying hours, 22 deployments on operational theatres, he is awarded the Legion of Honour, the National Order of Merit as well as three unit awards for combat missions.

    Capt (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

    Chair, Surface Navy Association
    Capt (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

    Captain Edward Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired), is chief engagement officer of Echo Bridge LLC, in Springfield, Virginia, his own company. He served on active duty with the Navy as a surface warfare officer and public affairs officer and has a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from the American University. He is an IABC Fellow and an accredited business communicator. Captain Lundquist is the communications chair of the Surface Navy Association and a member of the SNA executive committee. He writes on naval, maritime, defense and security issues for international trade and professional journals.

    Captain Andrius Mika

    ISR Squadron Surveillance Branch Surveillance Controller/Mission Director, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
    Captain Andrius Mika

    Captain Andy Berner

    XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
    Captain Andy Berner

     Captain Andy “Big Tuna” Berner, a native of Chatham, New Jersey, graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with  a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and a minor in Spanish. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in Defense Technology and Systems from the National University of Singapore (Temasek Defense Systems Institute). 

    Captain Berner’s early operational assignments include HSL-43, where he flew the SH-60B and deployed in USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) and USS 
    RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60). He also served as Quality Assurance Officer. As “MiniBoss” aboard USS WASP (LHD 1), he completed numerous underway exercises and a surge deployment in support of operations in Lebanon. Captain Berner completed his Department Head tour with HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan as Detachment THREE Officer in Charge aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). He also served as Maintenance Officer when HSL-51 earned the 2009 "Golden Wrench" and "Battle E" awards. 
     
    Captain Berner transitioned to the MH-60R and served as the Commanding Officer of HSM-73. He led the “BattleCats” throughout a ten month combat deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE with 12 aircraft and 310 personnel on five different ships including the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). During his tenure, HSM-73 earned the 2014 and 2015 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety awards, the 2014 Captain Arnold J. Isbell award for Undersea Warfare and Surface Warfare excellence, and 
    the 2015 “Battle E” award.Captain Berner’s shore tours include duty as Flag Aide to Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), assignment to The Joint Staff as Operations Officer within the Joint Operations 
    Directorate, United States Central Command Division (JODCENT) and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Regional Operations (J-33). Captain Berner also served on the OPNAV staff as an Operations Analyst and the Undersea Warfare Branch Head for the Director, Assessments Division (N81). 
     
    Most recently, Captain Berner served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Space Field Activity (NSFA) where he led the Navy Element at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and served as Co-Chair of the Naval NRO Coordination Group (NNCG). He is a VS-8 Space Operations Officer and a member of the Information Warfare Community. Captain Berner has several personal decorations, but he is most proud of his unit awards that reflect credit on 
    the successful teams he has rowed with and the many skilled professionals he has been privileged to work alongside. Captain Berner reported as Executive Officer, ONR Global, in May 2021.

    Captain Bryan Hager

    Commander, Task Force SIX SEVEN & Air Force Sigonella, US Navy
    Captain Bryan Hager

    CAPT Hager earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in December 2001 flying with the VT-28 Rangers and VT-35 Stingrays.
    CAPT Hager’s initial fleet tour was with Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN from 2002-2005. He completed two deployments, one to 6th Fleet and one to 5th Fleet/6th Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. From 2005-2008, CAPT Hager was in instructor pilot at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet (MPRF) Replacement Squadron. Concurrently, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and completed Joint Professional Military Education one.
    From 2008-2010, CAPT Hager served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). In 2009 and 2010, he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. CAPT Hager then spent one year with Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group staff as the Assistant Exercise Officer.
    He was assigned as a Department Head to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN from 2011-2013. As the Maintenance Officer, he led the War Eagles through the first P-3C to P-8A transition, inaugural Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC), and preparations for the initial P-8A operational deployment.
    In 2013, he reported to Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff to serve as the Assistant P-3C and P-8A Requirements Officer for the Director Air Warfare (N98) for two years. He led the requirement prioritization process for future P-8A Increments, coordinating with NAVAIR and the Fleet to facilitate the transition from the P-3C to the P-8A.
    CAPT Hager became the Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR while on deployment in the 6th Fleet and 4th Fleet in 2016. Following this split deployment, he led the squadron on its Permanent Duty Station Change from Kaneohe Bay, HI to Whidbey Island, WA. On arrival, the squadron began its transition from the P-3C to the P-8A, the first on the West Coast. He then took over as Commanding Officer in 2017 and ushered the squadron through its initial P-8A IDRC and subsequent deployment to 7th Fleet.
    From 2018-2020, CAPT Hager was assigned to the Naval Personnel Command serving first as the MPRF Commander Detailer and then the Assistant Aviation Captain Detailer where he was responsible for the assignment, distribution, and management of over 630 Aviation Captains.
    In 2020, he was selected for the SECNAV Tour with Industry program and spent 10 months with FedEx learning commercial best practices that could be brought back to the Fleet. He was subsequently selected for Major Command as the Commander, Task Force-67 in 2022.
    CAPT Hager’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.

    Captain Charles Guy

    Captain Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff CJTEPS, Royal Navy
    Captain Charles Guy

    Born in East Sussex but educated at Plymouth College, Charlie Guy joined the Royal Navy in September 1996 having graduated in Finance from university. Navigating twice before specialising in Air Warfare, his assignments to minehunters, frigates, destroyers and carriers included Command of two Type 45s and as The Commander of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.

    In 25 years of predominantly at-sea service, he has had three tours to the South Atlantic, two to the Arabian Gulf, and numerous deployments to the Mediterranean, Black, Barents, Baltic and Caribbean seas. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, he was promoted Captain in early 2021 and joined Strategic Command’s Joint Warfare Directorate before taking the helm of Joint Strike Training in November the same year.

    Married with one child and a Labrador, Charlie lives in Old Portsmouth.

    Commander Christopher Jones

    Commanding Officer, 824 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy
    Commander Christopher Jones

    Commander Chris Jones joined the Royal Navy straight after A Levels in 2005 and trained as a Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Observer. He was fortunate to spend almost all his first tour deployed on Operations HERRICK (Afghanistan) and UNIFED PROTECTOR (Libya). Chris became an Observer instructor before Principal Warfare Officer (Aviation) course in 2014. A busy staff role as Military Assistant to the head of operational planning in the Permanent Joint Headquarters followed before promotion and Command of 849’s Palembang Flight on Op KIPION (Arabian Gulf) in 2016. Chris then served in Navy Command Headquarters as a Capability Manager.
    Chris converted to Merlin Mk2 in 2018 in preparation for a Senior Observer role and supported the Crowsnest Programme on promotion to SO1 in 2020, including initial fielding and deployment.
    Chris is married to Cheryl, and they have two young children. He is a keen runner and a reluctant labourer for Cheryl’s house renovation project(s).

    Commander David Berry

    SO1 IW & C5ISR, Develop Directorate, Royal Navy
    Commander David Berry

    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Section Head Future Operations, Maritime Air, NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Cdr Marty van Duin joined the Royal Navy to train as a pilot in the first intake of the new millennium, January 2000. On leaving BRNC Dartmouth, he completed Flying Training, joining the front line at RNAS Yeovilton in 2005 to fly the Lynx.

    Conducting flying tenures in HMS’s ARGYLL, MANCHESTER and CUMBERLAND, he deployed to the Middle East, twice, for oil platform defence, enhanced Counter Piracy and Counter Narcotics activities in the Arabian Gulf, Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Oman.

    He was selected and trained for Qualified Helicopter Instructor in 2010, from where he returned to 702 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton, culminating as the Pilot Training Officer. A graduate of the second PWO(Av) Course, he subsequently served as Strike Ops in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and the first Operations Officer in HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, where he was responsible for the early planning of her initial sea trials. Eager to return to flying, he converted to the Wildcat HMA2 in 2015 to become the Operations Officer of 825 NAS, during which he was promoted to take over as Senior Pilot and Executive Officer.

    Having completed nearly 3000 flying hours and 2000 helicopter deck landings, he was selected for the UK Advanced and Command Staff Course, which he successfully completed together with a Master of Arts in Defence Studies through Kings College London. Promoted once more, in 2019 he deployed to Bahrain as the Chief Strategy and Policy for the coalition Combined Maritime Forces, where he worked together with the US Commander of 5th Fleet and the UK Maritime Component Commander to reinvigorate the coalition maritime strategy in the region.

    Returning to the UK in 2020, he moved to NATO’s Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, London, where he is responsible to Commander Maritime Air NATO for the coordination of allied Carrier Strike activities, planning and coordination of allied Maritime Patrol Aircraft operations and liaising with Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, for allied multi-domain operations. This has been a career highlight during a particularly challenging period for NATO.

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Operational Requirements Sponsor, Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Paul Hornsby is a marine geophysicist by education and a Mine Warfare specialist by profession. Since early 2019, he has been Navy Lead – Autonomous Warfare Systems, which has included being capability sponsor for multiple innovation projects and representational duties on various FVEY and NATO working groups. Previously he was responsible for Navy’s Mine Warfare, Diving and Special Operations capability, and was concurrently Navy Lead for the successful Autonomous Warrior 2018. Prior to this, Hornsby was responsible for Littoral Warfare projects, including Capability Sponsor for SEA 1180 and SEA 3036, in addition to drafting Navy’s position on most Army projects including LAND 400.
    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. With two US officers, he 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 with multiple US departments and other 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 the Middle East.
    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 DDGs, FFGs and DEs and served 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 HM Ships Yarnton and Monkton. He was awarded the Peter Mitchell Prize on graduating 1st in his class from the Royal Australian Naval College and the University of NSW. In July 2018 he became one of two people to be the longest continuously commissioned officers in the permanent Navy and ADF.

    Commodore Claus L. Andersen

    Deputy National Armaments Director, Planning and Coordination Division, Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO)
    Commodore Claus L. Andersen

    Education:
    2018 European Session for Armament Officials (SERA)
    2017 Naval Command College, US Naval War College
    2010-2012 Executive MBA, Master in Management of Technology, Technical University
    of Denmark
    2004 Senior staff course, Danish Defence College
    1999 Junior staff course, Royal Danish Naval Academy
    1998 Higher diploma in logistics, Copenhagen Business School
    1988-1994 Marine Engineering Officer, Royal Danish Naval Academy


    Military rank:
    2021 Commodore
    2019 Captain (N)
    2011 Commander Sg.
    2004 Commander
    1999 Lt. Commander
    1994 Lieutenant


    Posts:
    2021- Deputy National Armaments Director, Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition
    and Logistics Organisation
    2019- 2021 Deputy Chief of Staff Capabilities, Navy Command Denmark
    2017-2019 Chief of Coordination Staff Maritime Division, Danish Ministry of Defence
    Acquisition and Logistics Organization
    2011-2016 Chief of staff 2th Squadron
    2007-2011 Danish Ministry of Defence, Staff officer Plans and policy
    2006-2007 Defence Command Denmark, Staff officer Plans and policy
    2004-2006 Royal Danish Naval Academy, Head of technical branch
    2003-2004 Danish Defence College, senior staff course
    1999-2003 Chief engineer, Corvettes of NIELS JUEL- class
    1998-1999 Royal Danish Naval Academy, junior staff course
    1996-1998 Chief engineer, STANDARD FLEX-300
    1994-1996 Marine engineering officer, Corvettes of NIELS JUEL-class.

    Commodore Jason Armstrong

    Director General Naval Force Development, Canadian Armed Forces
    Commodore Jason Armstrong

    As the son of a career soldier he grew up in various army and air force bases throughout Canada, but calls Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario his hometown. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Maritime Surface Officer in 1989 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, with a Bachelor of Arts Honours History in 1993.
    Commodore Armstrong, upon completion of Naval Warfare Officer training in 1994, joined the Pacific Fleet. Since then, he has served onboard HMC Ships on both coasts conducting a number of international deployments including NATO, WESTPLOY, Op AUGMENTATION, and Op ALTAIR. He has had the honour and privilege of commanding three of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships during his command tour and deployed onboard HMCS Toronto as Commanding Officer for Op REASSURANCE in 2014-2015.
    Cmdre Armstrong has served in staff positions at Maritime Pacific and Canadian Fleet Atlantic Headquarters. He has served in the National Capital Region in Naval Force Development and as the Chief of Staff for the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
    Cmdre Armstrong is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Program and the National Security Program. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence Studies (MDS) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration both from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston.
    Cmdre Armstrong and his bride have raised two outstanding young adults who both excel in the world of academics and athletics. Cmdre Armstrong enjoys hockey and rugby (both sports he plays poorly, but with heart), cycling and coaching.

    Commodore Phil Nash

    Deputy Director of Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO CJOS COE
    Commodore Phil Nash

    Philip Nash joined the Royal Navy as a Fleet Air Arm Observer, qualifying for front-line service on the
    Lynx maritime attack helicopter in 1997. His early career was dominated by operations at sea in Royal
    Navy destroyers as a member of a ship’s flight team, deploying with NATO, coalition and UN forces in
    the Mediterranean and Adriatic, in the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and in the Far East.
    After subsequently qualifying as a Principle Warfare Officer (‘SWO’) in 2003 he saw further deployed
    service, predominantly in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf regions, as a Type 23 frigate operations
    officer. His most recent operational experience has been in the introduction to service of the Royal
    Navy’s Type 45 destroyers; he was the second in command of the first of these (HMS Daring), and
    commanded the fifth (HMS Defender). During his three years in command he oversaw Defender’s
    emergence from build in Glasgow, Scotland, through sea trials and training, to operations, whether at
    high readiness escorting Russian warships through UK waters, or as a fully integrated member of the
    George H W Bush and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups in the Arabian Gulf in 2014.
    In addition to operational appointments he has served twice on the staff of the Royal Navy Command
    HQ in Portsmouth, UK in capability and force generation posts, and twice in the UK Ministry of
    Defence in London, most recently leading on both longer term strategy formulation and shorter term
    defence review activity. He has also served on the staff of the Portsmouth Flotilla where he was
    responsible for the force generation, safety and long-term care of two thirds of the Navy’s frigates,
    destroyers, and their people. A graduate of the University of Bristol, King’s College London, the UK
    Advanced Command and Staff Course, the Royal College of Defence Studies, and the Capstone
    course, Nash served as the Naval Attaché with the British Defense Staff in Washington, DC
    immediately prior to taking up duties as the Deputy Director, CJOS COE in July 2022.

    Dr Nils Robbe

    Director Marketing & Sales, Aerodata AG
    Dr Nils Robbe

    Dr Nils Robbe works as Director of Marketing and Sales for Aerodata AG and its subsidiary Optimare Systems GmbH. The physicist and remote sensing expert has more than 20 years of experience in airborne maritime surveillance and special mission conversion of aircraft as well as a track record of more than 20 publications in magazines, journals and books.

    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey

    Commandant Helicopter Warfare Centre, Defense Helicopter Command, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Dafna Dempsey

    Lieutenant-colonel Dafna Dempsey (Brisbane, Australia 1982) has a background in Apache helicopter operations. Following her training at the military academy and flight school she worked and fought with the 302nd and 301st squadron, Royal Netherlands Air Force. In that period she served in Iraq and Afghanistan in 8 different deployments during 2004 - 2010. Soon after, she worked as a staff officer in International Military Affairs, as deputy operations officer in Fort Hood Texas and as commander 299 squadron.
    Dafna is currently the first commanding officer of RNLAF’s Helicopter Warfare Center. Dafna holds a Master in political science and she lives near the town of Breda with her husband and three children.

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

    Flying Squadron Commander, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

     Lieutenant Colonel Douglas “Frodo” Pruitt is the Commander of the Flying Squadron for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF), stationed at the Italian Air Force Base (ITAF), Sigonella, Italy.

    Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Pruitt was the Director of Operations at the 7th Reconnaissance Squadron, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. As the Director of Operations, Lt Col Pruitt was responsible for the launch and recovery of all USAF RQ-4B missions supporting the EUCOM/AFRICOM Area of Operations. Prior to that Lt Col Pruitt served on the Secretary of the Air Force’s Staff as Chief of the Air Force Sensitive Activities Management Office. In this selectively manned position, he oversaw execution of AF Sensitive Activities and advised AF senior leaders on policy, support, and employment of Sensitive Activities. 

    Lt Col Pruitt is a 2003 graduate of the University of Oregon, earning his commission through ROTC. He continued from college to enter Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training and after a tour in the C-130 he was then selected 
    to attend Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and proceeded to Vance AFB, Oklahoma. He graduated in 2010 with the Distinguished Graduate award and other top honors and proceeded to fly the C-17. 
     
    Lt Col Pruitt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oregon. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and his military education includes the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command 
    and Staff College, Aviation Mishap Investigation and Aviation Safety Program Management Course, the DoD Advanced planner and Due Diligence Course, and the Air Force Combat Ammunition Center Senior Leader Course. 
    He is also a trained Military Deception Officer, RQ-4 Electronic Combat Officer, and an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. 
     
    Lt Col Pruitt is a Senior Pilot with more than 3,300 hours in the RQ-4B/D, C-17A, C-130E/H/J, T-1A, T-6A, and T-43. He has flown more than 240 combat missions and has deployed numerous times in support of Operations ENDURING, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE and many other contingencies. His awards and 
    decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Combat Action Meda

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

     Keith Fugger joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1996 as an Air Navigator, graduating from the Royal Military College in 2000 with a BSc in Space Science. He was initially posted to 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia as an Acoustics Sensor Officer on the CP140 Aurora and deployed on Operation APOLLO in 2003 enforcing UN sanctions in the Southern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. He deployed in 2004 on Operation ATHENA in Kabul, Afghanistan to command the venerable SPERWER unmanned aircraft system operated by the 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada. Upon his return, he became a Tactical Navigator on the CP140 Aurora and directed numerous maritime patrol missions across the North Atlantic. In 2010, he assumed operational flight test duties at the Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit in Greenwood followed by technical flight test duties at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, Alberta and at a detachment in Trenton, Ontario. After completing major test programs on the CP140 Aurora and CC150 Polaris aircrafts, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre’s Concept Development & Experimentation Branch supporting development of the future Air Force and contributing air Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance expertise to the future Navy, Army and Special Operations Forces as well as to joint programs. He returned to Greenwood in 2017 as Deputy Commanding Officer of 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron and attended Joint Command and Staff College, earning a Master’s in Defence Studies in 2020. He assumed command of 415 Squadron in Greenwood in June 2022 and looks forward to collaborating with national and international partners on future Joint ISR capability development activities.

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

     Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard read for a BSc in Theoretical Physics at University College London prior to starting BRNC in Sep 05. Basic Observer Course at 750 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) followed, he joined 849 NAS in Nov 08 for training on the Sea King Mk 7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC). He was awarded his Observer Wings in Oct 09 and subsequently joined 854 NAS. Whilst serving on 854 NAS he completed three tours on OP HERRICK, was based at RAF NORTHOLT for OP OLYMPICS and planned the squadron’s return from land-based operations to the maritime domain. 

     

    He was selected for the Aerosystems Course and graduated in Aug 13 with an MSc with Distinction in Aerospace Systems. Three years working as a Trials Officer within the Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre at MoD Boscombe Down followed. He was the lead Trials Officer for the CROWSNEST project and led the operational flight test of Lockheed Martin’s proposal. Alongside this, he was involved in/led numerous flight trials evaluating software and hardware modifications to the SKASaC. 
     
    In Apr 16, Howard returned to RNAS Culdrose to complete an abridged Merlin Mk2 conversion at 824 NAS. Thereafter, joining the CROWSNEST Combined Test Team to lead the Merlin Helicopter Force contingent. He participated in a range of rig, ground and flight test activities for the aircraft, training system and ground preparation facility which ultimately culminated in its initial Release To Service. He is a subject matter expert in Radar, Link 16 and IFF. He was presented a Herbert Lott Innovation and Invention award for his development of an image matching algorithm.
    In Jul 21, Howard assumed command of 700X NAS and was responsible for training, developing, and operating the Royal Navy’s Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS). He delivered the Heavy Lift Challenge alongside DE&S’s Future Capabilities Group and enabled trials of Banshee from HMS Prince of Wales. Alongside a range of other UAS trials, he has overseen training of remote pilots from all Services and generated PUMA flights for operational tasking. 
     
    Married with two young children (10 and 9), free time is at a premium; however, hobbies include kayaking and walking. He has a keen interest in technology. He has recently completed a BSc in Computing and IT with the Open University and an MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance at Cranfield University. He supports a range of Defence Digital activities associated with coding and machine learning. 
     

    Mr Andy Mitchell

    Develop Deputy Director - Navy Capability Sponsor, Royal Navy
    Mr Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell was appointed Deputy Director – Navy Capability Sponsor in November 2020 and is responsible for sponsoring all Royal Navy’s capabilities, both current and future.


    The Royal Navy defines Sponsorship to include – the top level design of capabilities; research, development and experimentation to evidence the design of a capability is correct; support to securing of funding for new and upgraded capabilities; progressing of capability programmes through initial MOD approval gates; assuring that in-service and in-acquisition capabilities continue to meet design intent; collaborating with allies on capability development; and support to balance of investment discussions on capability investment.


    Andy has a mechanical and systems engineering background and has spent over 25 years in the defence industry. He has carried out roles in design, production and support of platforms, systems and equipments in the maritime, land and air domains, for UK, Canadian, Spanish, US, Australian, South Korean and Norwegian military customers.

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Director, C-SIGMA
    Mr Guy Thomas

    Guy is the former US' Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (2003-2012) and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA, the basis for Task #1 of the US' National Space Policy.

     
    He has been involved in reconnaissance operations and systems development in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DHS, and Johns Hopkins/APL for many years. He also served as US DHS S&T SME for unclassified Space. The academic advisor (technology) to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence, he is a contributing editor for SpaceWatch Global.
     
    A Distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, he was awarded the DHS Distinguished Career Service Award in 2012 and the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's Individual Achievement Award in 2015. He has been nominated for the US' National Medal for Technology & Innovation and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
     

    Mr Ian Pears

    Chief Technology Officer, UK Joint Maritime Security Centre
    Mr Ian Pears

    Ian Pears is the United Kingdoms’ Joint Maritime Security Centre’s Chief Technology Officer. He leads all aspects of JMSC’s technology support and development. Ian is also responsible for the JMSC technology strategy, driving innovation through new capabilities, identifying and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to the JMSC and it’s stakeholders. He comes from a 30 year career in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer Officer including serving as the Royal Navy’s Chief Digital and Information Officer, built upon supporting operational output through delivery of effective Information Systems and Data services. Having enabled many innovations, led many significant Programmes as an SRO and most notably having led the development of the Royal Navy Maritime Domain Awareness capability and subsequent programme, he has a deep technical knowledge supported by an extensive network of UK and International stakeholders.

    Mr Jeffrey Brewer

    US Co-Director, NavalX London Tech Bridge, US Navy
    Mr Jeffrey Brewer

    Mr. Jeffrey Brewer is the US co-director of the London Tech Bridge, a collaboration between the US Navy and Royal Navy to foster connectivity, agility, and innovation.  It supports dialogue, joint investment, and cooperative development between two navies as they endeavor to advance from Interoperability to Interchangeability.  Set in Central London’s booming technology ecosystem spanning academia, industry, and government, it is ideally positioned to harness technology faster for Sailors and Marines.

    Previously, he was the Technology Maturation & Transition Division Director for the Naval Sea Systems Command Technology Office (NAVSEA-05T).  During this assignment, he oversaw a broad portfolio of research and development programs with a focus on transitioning technology to the US Navy fleet.  This $175MM portfolio included the NAVSEA Small Business Innovative Research program, cross-platform ship technologies, future fleet planning, and fleet operational energy programs.  
    Prior to this, he led the F-35 Joint Program Office Strategic Initiatives team.  This group conducted projects to transform the organization from within by applying technology and developing new processes.  He played a critical role in developing several strategic policy documents for the program, including its Concept of Operations, Digital Strategy, and Strategic Sourcing Plan.  
    He served as the science and technology analyst for the OPNAV Surface Warfare Division (N96).  He managed the Division’s interactions with the science and technology community, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DoD research laboratories, and academia.
    From 2009 to 2015, he led the Continuous Process Improvement Program at the Navy International Programs Office.  He began his career as an engineer in the Aircraft Survivability Division at the Naval Air Systems Command.  He supported the F-35, the presidential helicopter, the MH-60, and various unmanned aerial vehicles.  He has experience in stealth technology, low observables, ballistics and lightweight armor, acoustics, and infrared and radio frequency countermeasures.  
    Mr. Brewer has a degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and certifications in both Program Management and Systems Engineering from the Defense Acquisition University.  He is an American Society of Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has been practicing process improvement since 2006.
    Jeff and his wife Heather live in London, their base for exploring the UK and Europe for the next three years.  He enjoys hiking, biking, travelling, and brewing.  
     

    Mr Jon Roe BSc CEng CITP MBCS

    CEO, ESROE
    Mr Jon Roe BSc CEng CITP MBCS

    A UK Ministry of Defence research scientist for 25 years, Jon Roe specialised in leading highly successful R&D explorations into new technical approaches to Electronic Warfare and Radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM). His parallel specialisms in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and Radar ESM information processing has resulted in the development of autonomous ESM solutions that are capable of accurately interpreting even very uncertain information in a range of environments.
    Today, he is CEO and founder of ESROE, the MOD’s Dstl spin-out company that has harnessed his deep domain knowledge to lead significant breakthroughs in MicroESM, which is transforming the access and use of this key capability in the land, sea and air battle spaces, as well as in coastal maritime surveillance and other civilian applications.
     

    Mr Matt Barger

    Director, Mission & Capability Support Office, Maritime & Immigration Security Solutions Team Division, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Matt Barger

    Mr. Matt Barger serves as Director of the Maritime and Immigration Security Solutions Division within the Office of Mission & Capability Support (MCS), Science and Technology Directorate, United States Department of Homeland Security. He oversees planning, execution, and governance of three programs and their related projects to meet customer needs and successfully deliver products and services to the Homeland Security Enterprise through RDT&E.
    These programs include Forensics & Criminal Investigations, Immigration Services, and Maritime Safety and Security.. He establishes goals, policies and objectives on RDT&E of technologies and systems in maritime security, United States maritime transportation systems, law enforcement data analytics, and legal immigration enforcement.
    The Office of Mission & Capability Support (MCS) provides timely, transparent, and agile support to the full spectrum of its DHS HQ, operational components, and homeland security partner customers. Mr. Barger serves this mission through effective, customerfocused execution of programs based on validated priorities, gaps, and requirements.
    Responsible for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, and closure of programs and projects, he maintains a matrixed team of scientific experts, international and domestic government partners, academia, and industry working together to deliver innovative solutions.
    Before joining S&T, Mr. Barger led efforts in the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency including countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Critical Manufacturing Sector management, supply chain risk management, and community resilience programs. Prior to DHS, he served in the National Reconnaissance Office as a Program Manager, Defense Service Outreach Chief, and Space-Ground architect. Prior to the NRO, he was a member of the US Army serving in various domestic and overseas positions.
    Mr. Barger holds a Master of Science in Space Operations, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science in Technology Management. He lives near Washington DC and is married with three children.

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership – AIS LoB, Leonardo
    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    Nicola was born in Tuscany where got a degree in Aerospace Engineer at Pisa University and is certified as PMP since 2010.
    Nicola Toniazzi has been working for Leonardo company for more than 15 years where is now the Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership for the Line of Business Airborne Systems and Mission Systems in the Electronics Division.
    Nicola have spent almost the whole time in Leonardo working in the service domain, at the beginning as technical leader for the setup of the F2000 Typhoon training service of the first Italian ASTA simulator and then as Project Manager for the performance based Tornado Training Service for IAF.
    Nicola has been working on RPAS Services matter for ten years.

    Mr Robert Quinn

    Director, Geointelligence, MDA
    Mr Robert Quinn

    Robert Quinn is the MDA Director of Geointelligence for the Space portfolio of the Government of Canada Department of National Defence (DND) and Department of Fisheries & Oceans. This includes MDA new business development activities in geointelligence and support under contract for operations in maritime and space domain awareness. Of note, this includes the provision of operational support for space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) all domain awareness operations exploiting MDA’s RADARSAT-2and other space missions to the Government of Canada for both domestic and global operations including in-theatre support to international coalition operations.
    Leading to his current role, Mr. Quinn transitioned from the Canadian Armed Forces after a 33-year career as a senior naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy serving as Combat Officer and Above Water Warfare Controller in Canadian Iroquois Class destroyers and Halifax Class frigates. Of note, Mr. Quinn joined MDA most recently from the Canadian DND Director General Space organization serving 13 years as the Project Director of the Polar Epsilon and Polar Epsilon 2 capital equipment projects. As Polar Epsilon Project Director, he was responsible for the CAF Operational Requirements and Concept of Operations integrating space-based radar maritime domain awareness information supporting CAF operations. This included fusion of multiple space-based ISR sensors in particular space-based radar and automated identification systems delivering advanced exploitation techniques supportive of DND maritime operations globally. Consequently, Mr. Quinn possesses an in-depth technical knowledge of the required space and ground systems associated with the RCM and RADARSAT-2 systems. Additionally in DG Space, Mr. Quinn was the CAF operational authority for space-based maritime domain awareness operations.

    Mr. Quinn has been awarded the following decorations: CAF Special Service Medal (NATO); NATO (Former Yugoslavia); Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration 2nd clasp. He graduated from the Royal Roads Military College (1984) with a Bachelor of Arts in Military & Strategic Studies, and Dalhousie University (1995) with a Masters of Arts in International Affairs.

    Ms Jennifer Cooke

    Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency
    Ms Jennifer Cooke

     Jennifer began her career in aviation as a ground handler for a start-up company at her local airfield and quickly worked up to Operations Manager. From there, she moved into Rotary Wing Aircraft Operations and Safety Management before securing a role with HM Coastguard in the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre. For five years she was part of the tasking authority providing operational support to the UK fleet of Search and Rescue Helicopters before joining the MCA Aviation Technical Team in April 2020 as the Aviation Innovation & Future Technology Lead. In her current role she is part of the team responsible for the technical aspects of the procurement and acceptance of UKSAR2G: a 10 year contract replacing the current Coastguard Helicopter and Fixed Wing Search and Rescue and Aerial Surveillance services. She will be leading on innovation throughout the contract, engaging with industry to discover new technology that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UK Search and Rescue which will ultimately save lives. 

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) 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.

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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    Aerodata AG is a German company that has been operating in global special mission aviation for more than three decades. The company's main business areas are airborne surveillance and flight inspection. Aerodata has extensive approvals for aircraft modification and is able to carry out complex special mission conversions based on its own mission system technology and sensors. In addition, the portfolio of the complete solution provider is rounded off with professional maintenance, servicing and repair of aircraft.



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    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.esroe.com

    A spin out from the UK’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, ESROE’s deep domain knowledge in Electronic Support Measures is transforming the access and use of this key capability in the land, sea and air battle spaces, as well as in coastal maritime surveillance and other civilian applications. ESROE’s breakthroughs in the development of Micro ESM are now enabling the automatic identification and tracking of radar with low cost, easy to deploy miniature sensors, which can be integrated in scalable arrays to provide geolocation and other EWOS benefits.

    Low SWAP, passive receiving systems and tablet compatibility mean ESROE’s fully functional Micro ESM systems can be handheld, worn, or mounted on unmanned vehicles. The solutions’ modular design, automated library creation, and low integration costs ensure complete flexibility in deployment method to suit the operational requirement.

    ESROE also offers standalone software applications that use an Open Systems Architecture approach so they can be embedded in the Electronic Surveillance suites used in a range of military platforms, from armoured vehicles and UAVs, to large multi-role warships and surveillance aircraft.

    As ESROE’s sophisticated radar classification algorithms are the most accurate available on the market today and are uniquely able to interpret even very uncertain information, its solutions offer valuable complementary benefits to traditional ESM technology.



    Leonardo

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.leonardo.com

    Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Organised into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space.



    MDA

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://mda.space/en/

    Founded in 1969, MDA is one of Canada’s most successful technology companies and an internationally recognized leader in space robotics and sensors, radar satellites and ground systems, communication satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems and geospatial imagery products and analytics. With a deep and diverse technology base, MDA’s global reach and heritage serving government and commercial space and defence markets with innovative and iconic solutions is unparalleled. MDA operates from locations in Richmond, BC; Brampton and Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Halifax, NS; Houston, TX; and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.


    Pole Star

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.polestarglobal.com

    At Pole Star, we develop and implement pioneering maritime intelligence technologies to protect our customers’ vessels, people, maritime domain, and reputation. Our customisable, secure, and scalable solutions are designed specifically to enable time-critical decisions and mitigate risk across all facets of maritime activity - from the monitoring of territorial waters and LRIT, to in-depth vessel investigations, and everything in-between. Our unique end-to-end Pole Star Maritime Intelligence Suite integrates vessel tracking and surveillance, safety of life at sea protocol, and sanctions and sustainability screening. Utilising secure LRIT, VMS, and SSAS data, alongside satellite and terrestrial-based AIS and Spire data, our patented tracking technology creates a hybrid track of vessel movement for reliable and dynamic data to enable your time critical decisions.


    Synmax

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.synmax.com/

    SynMax is a satellite data analytics company which specializes in the use of commercial satellite images to find and monitor oil and gas assets and provide maritime intelligence data. SynMax – Hyperion is the world’s only near real-time frac crew monitor which makes daily observations of frac activity in every major oil and gas play in the US. Hyperion has used this proprietary satellite data to build a first of its kind short term oil and gas production model which can predict near-term changes in oil and gas production. Synmax – Theia is a comprehensive maritime domain awareness solution providing daily global monitoring of all vessels 30m and above across millions of km2 of ocean. Our proprietary AI enables maritime event detection at strategic and tactical levels and detection of true dark ships

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    World Maritime News

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.worldmaritimenews.com

    World Maritime News delivers expert coverage of the industry sectors that matter most to you and your business. This includes news and updates on markets, projects, vessels, equipment, research, shipyards, shipping companies and the authorities dominating these markets. From breaking news, technological advances to shipping activities, World Maritime News experienced and well-respected team of editors, columnists and correspondents will keep you well informed. Whether you are a project employee, manager, captain, authority or executive, the place to find the latest developments in the maritime industry is on www.worldmaritimenews.com.


    Defence Online

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://www.defenceonline.co.uk/

    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    ASD MEDIA

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.asd-network.com

    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
    • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
    Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


    Armada International

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Naval Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.naval-technology.com

    Naval-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on technology in the defence industry, covering projects, trends, products, services and more in the naval sector. With a team of journalists situated around the world, naval-technology.com, along with sister sites www.army-technology.com and www.airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important space. This is combined with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of naval equipment suppliers and their products, free white paper downloads and company press releases, making naval-technology.com the key point of reference for the naval sector.


    ARMSCOM.net

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.armscom.net

    ARMSCOM.net is a B2B /B2G platform for brokers of military goods. ARMSCOM.net is dedicated for Aerospace and Defense Industry with database containing more than 4000 companies and 3400 defense industrial sectors. Add Company and Products Profiles. For more information e-mail: armscom.net@gmail.com or visit http://www.armscom.net, tel.: + 372 816 946 77


    Defence Global

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://barclaymedia.uk.com/

    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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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’

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

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

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media 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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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