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Support Chain Digital Seminar 2020 (SCDS20) - THE PROGRAMME

Support Chain Digital Seminar 2020 (SCDS20) - THE PROGRAMME

The Support Chain Digital Seminar 2020 event (SCDS20), jointly organised by MOD and Team Defence Information, will now be a 'virtual' 2-day event held on-line only.

This year's theme is ‘Digital Support in Defence’.

Support within the MOD continues to undergo significant transformation and modernisation to ensure our armed forces remain prepared and able to deliver effective, resilient, global operations well into the future. The impact and significance of sustainability has also become increasingly important as the MOD works towards its goal of reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050.

The opportunities to harness and share data securely across the defence enterprise with minimal ‘friction’ is key to achieving these objectives. Innovations in technology allow us to exploit digital information as never before, incorporating tools and techniques such Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Additive Manufacture (AdM) and Digital Twin.

Close cooperation between MOD, Industry and academia remains fundamental to achieving this digital transformation and realising the benefits of Digital Support in Defence.

SCDS20 provides a highly informative forum for the ‘Team Defence’ community to discuss these key initiatives, exchange information, strengthen relationships, and become engaged in collaborative MOD/Industry Working Groups.


This year SCDS20 will be delivered 'virtually' on-line over 2 days:

Day One – 23 Sep: Delivering Digital Support Enabling Capability
Day Two – 24 Sep: Information Led Transformation

Keynote Speakers We are privileged to have a diverse range of leaders, innovators, and subject matter experts presenting at SCDS20 that will include (subject to confirmation):

Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw, MOD Chief of Defence Logistics and Support (CDLS)
Major General Simon Hutchings, Director Joint Support
Jon Hall, Managing Director Technology, Babcock International
Maj Gen Tom Copinger-Symes, Dir Digitisation
Sean Culey, Guest Speaker



09.00-09.05 Welcome and Introduction Phil Williams, MD, TD-Info
Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
09.05-09.25 1st Keynote – Chief Defence Logistics & Support Update Gen Richard Wardlaw, Chief Defence Logistics & Support
09.25-09.45 2nd Keynote – Industry Response Jon Hall Chair CE&A DSF
09.45-10.15 3rd Keynote – CEO DE&S Update Steve Glass, Dir Support DE&S representing Adrian Baguley, MOD DG Strategic Enablers and Deputy CEO
10.15-10.30 Q & A Session MC: Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
10.30-11.00 Break – Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
11.00-11.20 What can the COVID-19 Supply Chain lessons tell us about the need to manage Support as a Capability? Maj Gen Simon Hutchings, Dir Joint Support
11.20-11.40 Defence Support Transformation Portfolio - Update AVM Richard Hill, Dir Defence Support Transformation
11.40-12.00 Cohering Concepts & Capabilities, Industrial Mobilisation TBC RAdml Andy Kyte, TBC
12.00-12.15 Q & A Session MC Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
12.15-13.15 Lunch - Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
13.15-14.10 Thriving in the Upswing: Business Success in Disruptive Times Sean Culey, Expert in SCOR-P and FCILT; author of Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity
14.10-14.30 DESIGNED, SUPPLIED, DELIVERED: Establishing a new ventilator supply chain capability in 20 days Simon Peters, MD, Accenture
14.30-14.50 RAF Strategic Support Programme Air Cdr Dave Tozer, HD RAF SSP
14.50-15.00 Q & A Session MC Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
15.00-15.30 Break - Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
15.30-15.50 Digital Reinvention TBX Chris Parker, IBM
15.50-16.10 Brookes Engagement with Team Defence Information – An SME’s view of Defence Logistics Chris Markey, Brookes SCS
16.10-16.30 Supply Chain Transformation & Warehouse Distribution Optimisation Brig Lee Daley, SPTx Hd
16.30-16.50 FJ Link BMfS, Defence Digital to Day 2 Charlie Maconochie, Fujitsu
16.50-17.00 Q & A Session MC: Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
17.00-17.10 Wrap Up Day One


09.00-09.05 Welcome to Day Two Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
09.05-09.25 Keynote - Digitising the Battlespace – Towards Multi Domain Integration Gen Tom Copinger-Symes, Dir Military Digitalisation representing Charlie Forte, MOD CDIO
09.25-09.45 Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS) Nick Toogood
09.45-10.05 Industry Response Andy Burch Babcock
10.05-10.25 Secure Data Sharing Paul Andrews & Andrew Gordon BAES
10.25-10.40 Q & A Session Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
10.40-11.10 Break - Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
11.10-11.30 MODCloud Brig Sara Sharkey Head Application Services and Dev Ops
11.30-11.50 Master Data Exploitation – how do we ensure the Engineering data is included/MIRANDA - Title TBC Tim King Defence Continuity Executive
11.50-12.10 NELSON (application of data on Frontline) TBC Brig Dan Cheesman RN CTO TBC
12.10-12.25 Q & A Session Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
12.25-13.25 Lunch - Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
13.25-13.45 Optimise Culture Oracle
13.45-14.05 Thought Leadership and digital transformation in logistics Damian Alexander Leidos
14.05-14.25 Secure by Design? TBC Atkins TBC
14.25-14.40 Q & A Session Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
14.40-15.10 Break - Please Visit Virtual Trade Stands
15.10-15.15 TD-Info Excellence Awards Phil Williams, MD, TD-Info
15.15-15.35 Tempest - An opportunity to Accelerate Our Digital Transformation Gareth Hetheridge, Rolls Royce
15.35-15.55 Quantum Computing Challenge – JIG V Jack Wakefield JIG V
15.55-16.15 Digital Twin TBC TBC, Dassault Systèmes
16.15-16.35 Q & A Session Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu
16.35-16.50 Wrap Up and networking Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fujitsu

Venue and Exhibitions

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold the seminar ‘in-person’ given the COVID-19 situation and current Government guidelines. Instead we will now be running SCDS20 as a completely ‘Virtual’ event enabling speakers and participants to engage in the presentations and workshops remotely on-line. There will also be an opportunity for organisations to host and exhibit ‘virtual’ trade stands.


This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Fujitsu Services Ltd.


The following prices apply for delegates to attend or exhibit at SCDS20 (excluding VAT):

Delegate Rate Per Person

TD-Info Member Rate (Virtual) - £30
Non Member Rate (Virtual) - £60
MOD - Free of Charge

Exhibition Space (per single Stand)

TD-Info Members (Virtual) - £200
Non Members (Virtual) - £300
MOD - Free of Charge

Registration SCDS20 is open to any organisation involved in the Defence community.

Joining Team Defence Information - For further information on becoming a member of Team Defence Information please contact Sue Russell.


Book your place to attend and/or exhibit at SCDS20 here. Alternatively, please contact Graham Smith or Sue Russell

Added: 2nd July 2020


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