British Shipbuilding: A New Dawn

This session will examine the renaissance in British shipbuilding, both in the commercial and defence domains.  A panel of experts from across industry will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this most iconic of British industries.

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Speaker line up:

Welcome Sponsor: Joe Bush, Editor of The Manufacturer magazine. Joe is an experienced print and online journalist with experience in manufacturing, engineering, automation and electronics. Joe heads up The Manufacturer Editorial team and is responsible for content across the publishing portfolio, covering the length and breath of the UK manufacturing sector and the challenges currently being faced including supply chain, digital transformation, sustainability and skills. He also heads-up The Manufacturer Top 100 Awards which celebrates the best of manufacturing talent. He has previously been editor of a range of industrial titles including Electrical Engineering, Energy Management, Industrial Compliance, Automation, Components in Electronics and Electronic Specifier.

Andrew Kinniburgh – Director-General of Make UK Defence, the Defence Trade Association belonging to Make UK – the Manufacturers’ Organisation. He joined Make UK in 2019 from the Cabinet Office where he was Wider Government Engagement Lead for the Government Commercial Organisation, following a 25 year career in the defence and security industry. He spent nearly 10 years with Serco Defence, followed by senior appointments with Smiths Detection and two Ministry of Defence trading funds and a 7 year spell as an independent consultant. He holds a BA in Business from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in International Defence Marketing from Cranfield University / UK Defence Academy.  Andrew has been involved with Defence Ministries and businesses in the Defence and Security sectors across most European countries and in North America, as well as the UK. Make UK Defence represents 300 UK Defence Suppliers ranging from SMEs and mid tiers, to major Primes and is the lead Trade Association for the MOD’s Defence Suppliers Forum SME Working Group.

Bob King has been a full-time trade union officer for over 35 years, previously with the Communication Workers Union and moving to Prospect in 2003. Prospect is a trade union representing over 155,000 professional in roles ranging from defence and nuclear, through to the civil service and aviation.  Bob has held various posts working with national and international employers in the nuclear, energy and defence sectors. Bob studied employment law at LLM through the University of Surrey and has also taught on several subjects to both trade union representatives and employers. Bob was appointed Head of Prospect’s Defence Industry Group in 2020, having been National Officer for defence employers. He leads a team of organisers and negotiators across the defence sector in the UK, as well leading on international trade projects on issues ranging from AUKUS to radiological protection. Bob is the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) ‘s President and Lead for Defence. The CSEU affiliates include Prospect, GMB, Unite and Community covering over 200,000 UK employees as well as being part of IndustriALL, the global union, representing more than 50 million workers worldwide.

Euan Fullerton, Head of Manufacturing Engineering, BAE Systems Naval Ships –  

Euan leads Manufacturing Engineering within BAE Systems Naval Ships business. Based at the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards on the River Clyde, he oversees the development of this capability into the Type 26 Programme in Glasgow, and also globally through the Global Combat Ship Programmes in Adelaide, Australia and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In this role, Euan is accountable for the development and deployment of manufacturing processes delivering design intent at optimum cost, quality and schedule, and the delivery of Manufacturing Technology to optimise and enable our complex warships to meet our customer’s requirements.

Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2019, Euan spent 12 years in Aerospace manufacturing with Rolls-Royce, working in various Manufacturing and Supply Chain leadership roles on Civil and Defence platforms globally.

Euan holds a MSc in Operations Excellence from Cranfield University, and is a Fellow with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Brigadier Sean Brady joined the Royal Marines in 1995 and after completing commando training, he completed a number of junior officer jobs including time as a troop commander, unit intelligence officer and psychological warfare operator.  During this period, he completed several operational deployments to Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, and Afghanistan.  Following junior staff college, he commanded Y Troop, the Royal Marines electronic warfare/signal intelligence organisation, during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

On promotion to Major in 2005 he joined the Land and Littoral Manoeuvre team at Navy Command and was responsible for shaping the future amphibious capability.  During this appointment he also returned to Afghanistan for Herrick 5 and took on the role of operations officer for 30 Commando.    He attended Advanced Command and Staff College in 2007 before joining 40 Commando in 2008 to command Alpha Company.  Completing several amphibious deployments, including time in the jungle in Brunei, he then commanded Alpha Company on Herrick 12 in Sangin for 6 months in the summer of 2010.

On promotion to Lt Col, he was initially the staff officer for the Royal Marines Reserve or 12 months before switching to work directly for the Commandant General Royal Marines to advise on strategic planning and communications.  In 2012 he returned to the Land and Littoral Manoeuvre team at Navy Command as chief of staff before taking command of Support Wing at Commando Trading Centre Royal Marines in the summer of 2014.

He was then personally selected to be the Service Inquiry President to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 3 soldiers on Special Forces Selection.  In May 2017 he returned again to Afghanistan as the chief planner for coalition operations across the country and was instrumental in developing a strategic air campaign designed to target insurgent revenue sources.

He promoted to Colonel in June 2019 and took over as the Programme Director for the Littoral Strike Ship Programme, and in Oct 2019 his portfolio was widened to include the strategic planning for all Royal Navy shipbuilding activity.  He was responsible for developing the revised 30-year shipbuilding programme for the Royal Navy that led to further investment at the 2021 Integrated Review.  Building on this success he was, promoted to Brigadier and made the Senior Responsible Owner for the new shipbuilding programmes in Sep 21.

Sean Brady is 51 years old and has a BSc in Oceanography with Geology, an MA in Defence Studies, and an MBA.  He has one daughter (Orla – 15) and one mad springer spaniel.  He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially mountain biking.