Defence Equipment and Support

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Defence Equipment and Support
Agency overview
Formed 2 April 2007
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters MoD Abbey Wood, England, United Kingdom
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Minister responsible
Parent agency Ministry of Defence

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a trading entity and organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence. It began operating on 2 April 2007 following the merger of the MoD's Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation, under the leadership of General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue as the first Chief of Defence Materiel.[1]

The organisation had a civilian and military workforce of around 29,000 (77 per cent civilian and 23 per cent military), in the UK and abroad. DE&S operates as a single Top Level Budget. As of 2008 the DE&S workforce was around 24,500, further reducing under the 'PACE' business improvement programme to around 20,000 by 2012. Of this, around 10,000 posts have been housed at Abbey Wood since 2012.[2]


DE&S headquarters, Abbey Wood, Bristol

Defence Equipment and Support was established on 2 April 2007.

DE&S is overseen by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.

Senior officials

The organisation is under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Materiel, a four-star officer: an Admiral, General, Air Chief Marshal or civilian. After the restructuring in 2011 there are four three-star posts under the Chief of Defence Materiel. These are the positions of Chief of Materiel (Fleet), a Royal Navy Vice Admiral, and Chief of Materiel (Land), a British Army Lieutenant General (who also holds the appointment of Quartermaster-General to the Forces), Chief of Materiel (Air), a Royal Air Force Air Marshal and Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers).

Holders of senior positions

Chief of Defence Materiel
Name Date held
General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue[1] 2 April 2007 - December 2010 [3]
Bernard Gray[4] From 4 January 2011
Tony Douglas[5] From late 2015

Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) was responsible for project and programme delivery across DE&S. This includes supporting the equipment through life, and the performance of the industrial supply chain. The post was discontinued 1 June 2011.

Chief Operating Officer
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler [6] 2006 - 1 May 2011

Chiefs of Materiel

The Chiefs of Materiel (CofMs) are responsible for managing key relationships with the Capability Sponsor and User. They work at the strategic level to make sure that the operational readiness and sustainability needs of the User are met.

The CofMs ensure an ethos of support to operations is in place to the User, throughout all DE&S activity.

Chief of Materiel (Fleet)
Name Date held
Vice Admiral Trevor Soar[7] Jan 2007 - 2009
Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews 2009–2013
Vice Admiral Simon Lister 2013–present
Chief of Materiel (Land)
Name Date held
Lieutenant General Dick Applegate[6] 16 January 2007[8] to 1 September 2009
Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward 1 September 2009[9] to May 2012
Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell May 2012 to present[10]
Chief of Materiel (Air)
Name Date held
Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton[6] 1 April 2007 - 30 April 2009
Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson 1 May 2009[11] – October 2012
Air Marshal Simon Bollom October 2012 – Present
Chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers)
Name Date held
Dr Andrew Tyler 1 May 2011 to 21 June 2011
Trevor Woolley 1 June 2011
Peter Worrall October 2013 – Present

Chief of Corporate Performance

The Chief of Corporate Performance (CCP) was responsible for managing the business effectively and setting policy in key corporate functional areas. The post was discontinued as at 1 June 2011.

Chief of Corporate Performance
Name Date held
Trevor Woolley [6] 20?? to 1 June 2011

Major projects

DE&S manages a variety of defence procurement and support projects inherited from the DLO and DPA for all three services. Examples of current and future procurement projects include:







  1. 1.0 1.1 DE&S Organisation Chart retrieved October 2008
  2. Defence Equipment and Support Organisation to focus activities in Bristol
  3. "Chief of Defence Materiel". Retrieved 2009-06-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Bernard Gray appointed Chief of Defence Materiel Ministry of Defence, 16 December 2010
  5. MOD announces appointment of the Chief Executive for Defence Equipment and Support Ministry of Defence, 21 March 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Defence Equipment & Support - April 2007" (PDF). MOD. April 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Admiral sailes into snobs' bible
  8. London Gazette 58252 dated 20 February 2007
  9. London Gazette 59191 dated 22 September 2009
  10. Defence View points June 2011
  11. Royal Air Force Air Rank Appointments List 08/09 retrieved 17 November 2008

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