ITEC 2019

Conference Committee

Conference Chairman for 2019

Mr Bert Johansson, Saab Seaeye

Bert Johansson
Sales Director, Defence
Saab Seaeye

Bert Johansson has a masters degree in "applied physics and electronics" from Linköping university in Sweden. He has worked 28 years in the underwater business for Saab in areas such as Electronics and software design, Integrated Logistic Support, marketing and business development, the last 10 years with AUV's and ROV's. Bert was posted in Australia 1999-2000 as project manager for the Mine Disposal Vehicle contract for the Houn class minehunters. He now holds the post as Sales Director for Saab Seaeye Ltd.

Dr Peter Beerens, TNO

Peter BeerensDr Peter Beerens
Senior Scientist

Dr. S. Peter Beerens graduated in theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD in 1995 at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. In he joint 1996 the Sonar Department of TNO. Currently he is senior scientist and programme manager. He has specialised in sonar signal processing and sea trials.



Mr Aymeric Bonnaud, Naval Group

Mr Aymeric BonnaudMr Aymeric Bonnaud 
Deputy CTO for Energy and Underwater Systems

Naval Group

Aymeric Bonnaud spent his first 25 years in the French Armament Corps in R&D projects for submarines. First Sonar designer and underwater systems teacher at ENSTA graduate school, he then managed the development of propulsion and weapons systems before joining the strategic marketing team of DCNS. He chaired at that time the NCOIC maritime IPT. He is now deputy CTO for energy and underwater systems. 


Dr Simon Colby, BAE Systems

Simon ColbyDr Simon Colby
Chief Technical Authority – Mine Warfare and Unmanned Systems
BAE Systems

Simon leads the BAE Systems’ work on the integration of autonomous and unmanned systems with warship combat systems. In 2016 he led the engineering work of the MAPLE consortium to a successful conclusion at Unmanned Warrior 16. Prior to this, he worked as the Technical Lead for MCM and Above Water research for Dstl’s Martime Collaborative Environment (MarCE). He has worked in the early lifecycle systems engineering, technology and analysis fields for nearly 30 years.

Eur Ing Peter Don-Duncan, Independent ASW Sonar Expert

Eur Ing Peter DON-DUNCANEur Ing Peter DON-DUNCAN
Independent ASW Sonar Expert

Peter graduated in Electronics from the University of Manchester followed by a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University. He has worked in the Maritime sector in various engineering and technical roles for over 38 years. During this time he has been a technical leader for the development of several large and complex active and passive ASW Sonar systems. He has previously led a number of UK MoD/Dstl research programmes frequently working with academia and SME’s on innovative future technology solutions.


Dr. Jerome Gormley, General Atomics

rDr. Jerome Gormley
Director for Undersea Business Development
General Atomics 

Dr. Jerome Gormley received degrees in nuclear engineering from Penn State University (BS) and the University of Michigan (MSc, PhD). He earned his dolphins as an officer onboard US Navy nuclear submarines. He has held various technical management positions in government, startups, and large government contractors, including Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Currently he is the Director for Undersea Business Development at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group.


Mr Jack Green, Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division UK

Jack GreenMr Jack Green
Head of Campaigns, Naval Programmes
Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division UK




Dr Jörg Hurka, Atlas Elektronik

Dr Jörg HurkaDr Jörg Hurka
Senior Systems Engineer
Atlas Elektronik GmbH

Dr. Jörg Hurka works as a systems engineer at the Submarine Systems Department of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, Bremen, Germany. He is a member of the UDT Technical Programme Committee since 2011.

Mr Holger Isbrecht, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

uMr Holger Isbrecht
Vice President, Sales
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

Holger Isbrecht is a Naval Architect and has been working in the underwater business since 25 years. He is a former submariner  having served 12 years in the German Navy as Technical Officer. In 2003 Holger joined Nordseewerke, Emden now thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as an R+D Manager responsible for the development of AIP Systems for Submarines. After moving to HDW, now thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in 2006 Holger has been nominated as Head of Conceptual Design Submarines. In 2015 Holger was appointed as Area Sales Manager Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.


Captain Anders Järn, FMV

 Captain Anders Järn
Deputy Director Naval Systems Department


Captain (N) Anders Järn currently working as Deputy Director Naval Systems Department at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).

He graduated from Swedish Naval Academy 1982. He has made a complete career in the Swedish Submarine Service and finalizing the career as CO of HSwM Uppland. Thereafter he worked with acquisition in the Joint HQ, and has been Military Advisor in the Ministry of Defence. As an additional career, he has specialized in submarine rescue and diving and is still an active diver.

After graduating from Naval war College in 2003, Newport USA, he took command of Swedish Submarine Service. Under his command the training of the last Singaporean submarine crew to the Challanger class was completed in 2004. Also the deployment of HSwM Gotland to San Diego and the operations in the Pacific together with US Navy 2005-2007 was conducted under his command.

Mr Stéphane Jespers, DGA Techniques Navales

Mr Stéphane JespersMr Stéphane Jespers
Head of UWW Department
DGA Techniques Navales

Stéphane Jespers graduated in 1979 as a Civilian Electrical Engineer in Telecommunications and Hyperfrequencies at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. His carreer started as a researcher in the field of satellite communications and TV. In 1983, he joined SACLANTCEN, La Spezia (Italy) as a scientist of the “activate adjunct to the towed array” project, which later led to the development of the Low Frequency Active Sonar concept. In 1990, he joined DCN at Le Brusc in France, working on several passive and intercept sonar projects for submarines. In 2000, he returned to La Spezia as Head of the ASW systems Department and led the creation of the Cooperative (AUV-based) ASW concept project. In 2007, he joined DGA at the Paris headquarters as an expert in UWW sensors and launched the anglo-french cooperation project on wideband multistatic active sonar. In 2010, he became chaiman of the NATO capability group in ASW and in 2012, he chaired the merger of three NATO capability groups in order to form the UWW capability group. In 2013, he returned to Toulon to head the UWW Department at DGA Techniques Navales. Stéphane Jespers has given numerous papers in international conferences such as UDT and ECUA and he has also chaired sessions mainly in the field sonar. He is a member of the Société Française d’Acoustique (SFA) and a reviewer for the IET journal.  

Dr Alain Maguer, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO)


Dr Alain MaguerDr Alain Maguer
Director Programme

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO)

Dr Alain Maguer has been working in the maritime domain for around 30 years. He shared his working experience between THALES Underwater Systems in France and Australia and the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in Italy. He led both technical manager and project manager positions in the fields of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Warfare and Maritime Security. He is currently Director Programme at CMRE. His fields of interest and expertise are ASW and mine warfare underwater capability, maritime security, system architecture, autonomous vehicles, underwater communication, gliders and towed arrays.

Mr Ron Melampy, Lockheed Martin


dMr Ron Melampy
Business Development- Submarine Communications and Surface Countermeasures
Lockheed Martin

Ron Melampy is a Senior Staff Business Development Analyst for Lockheed Martin Corporation.  His portfolio includes submarine communications antenna systems, surface ship anti-ship cruise missile countermeasures, and the Stinger missile fuze.  He has worked at the Marion, Massachusetts facility since joining Lockheed Martin in August 2012.

Ron previously served for twenty eight years as a submarine officer in the US Navy.  Highlights of his career include command of TRIDENT Training Facility, Kings Bay; command of USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737)(BLUE); and Director of Plans and Policy for Commander, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

Dr Susan Metcalff, Atlas Elektronik

 Sue-MetcalffDr. Susan Metcalff
Chief Technology Officer, Head of MOD Research and Advice Division,

Dr Sue Metcalff is a Chartered Physicist with a first class degree in physics. She has spent over 20 years in maritime defence research, specialising in simulation and modelling in the undersea domain, and holds a PhD in efficient numerical methods for predicting the performance of sonar arrays. Sue sits on the Senior Management Team at Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) as both Chief Technology Officer and Head of MOD Research and Advice Division. Her responsibilities include shaping the business’s innovation, science and technology strategy and running a research and development portfolio that aims to push innovative maritime S&T into service.

Mr Jeff Owen, Independent Consultant 

Jeff OwenMr Jeff Owen
Underwater Systems Expert

Independent Consultant

Jeff graduated in Maritime Technology, and has spent 35 years working in the maritime domain on projects across the globe. His initial roles focused on research and development projects in hydrodynamics and naval architecture, involving both theoretical and experimental work into vehicle hydrodynamics, propulsor design and towed systems.

Since that time he has played a significant role in the integration of payload systems into a number of platform (surface ships and submarines) programmes, with an involvement in 6 different first of class submarine designs and a number of surface ship programmes. Alongside these platform programmes he has contributed to a large number of maritime R&D projects.

In his current role as an Independent Consultant, he is involved with a number of organisations, from small startups to large companies, helping them grow their business globally.

Mr. Nick Sheppard, Thales UK

Nick SheppardMr. Nick Sheppard,
Technical Director - Maritime Mission Systems,
Thales UK

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in Maritime systems and system architectures covering underwater and above water platforms. Through a career which started in UK government and now in industry Nick has been involved in the research and development of sensors, command systems and new autonomous vehicle capabilities. Nick’s current role is Underwater Communications Solution Architect within Thales UK, a role which involves development of advanced underwater communications solutions and their integration within complex systems-of-systems, including addressing the through air-sea interface and connectivity into wider above water networks.

Captain Ivan Stace, Royal Navy Defence Nuclear Organisation 

 Captain Ivan Stace,
Submarine Capability – SSN Pillar Lead Ministry of Defence,
Royal Navy Defence Nuclear Organisation

Captain Stace was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1984.  Following academic and professional training, he qualified as a submarine weapon engineer and has seen service on a number of Fleet submarines engaged in ‘special operations’.  Following 2 charge appointments, he headed the Submarine School’s engineering department before being promoted to Commander in 2004 and serving as the Devonport Flotilla’s staff weapon engineer.

A graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2002, he has since specialised in project, programme and portfolio leadership and management and has served as the Military Assistant to both Director Land and Maritime in the Defence Procurement Agency and Director General Ships in the subsequent Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation.  He has been the capability sponsor for future submarine communications in the Ministry of Defence and the Underwater and Electronic Warfare (UEW) Team Leader within the DE&S Ships Operating Centre responsible for a predominantly civilian staff of 120 with a broad equipment portfolio covering ship and submarine systems along with all MOD diving and life support capability.  His last appointment was in JFC where he was responsible for the delivery of capability associated with a broad range of operational ICT projects and programmes along with key assurance responsibility for Submarine strategic communications.

He has also specialised in Military Intelligence, with an early analytical posting to the capability assessment directorate within the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS) allied with submarine operations.  As a Commander, he saw further service within the DIS with responsibility for developing the concepts and operational design for both Materiel and Personnel Exploitation (MPE) and Biometrics for Operation HERRICK along with the subsequent programme delivery.  Promoted to Captain in 2011, he has most recently seen operational service in Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff to the Interagency Operations Co-ordination Centre based in Kabul, which provided intelligence and operational support to Afghan counter-narcotic law enforcement activity.

Mr Nils Størkersen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

sMr Nils Størkersen
Director of Research, Division for Maritime Systems
Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

Nils Størkersen graduated in Physics from the University of Trondheim, Norway in 1980. The same year he joined FFI and has since then been involved in various research and development activities, first as a research scientist, later also as project manager and since 1999 he holds the position as Director of Research at the Maritime System Division. Most of the research topics in his scientific career have been related to underwater technology and unmanned systems.

Mr Tim Vickery, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

 Mr Tim Vickery
Principal Advisor, Platform Systems Division
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Tim joined DSTL, part of the UK MoD, in 2006 following over 20 years in the Royal Navy where he served as an ASW Warfare Officer at sea and staff roles in Northwood HQ and DE&S Abbey Wood.  He is currently a Principal Adviser to the Underwater Systems Programme, which delivers the UK’s MoD funded ASW and submarine related Science and Technology through Government and Industry.

Dr Geoff Williams, Thales UK

Geoff WilliamsDr Geoff Williams
Technical Advisor, Maritime Mission Systems
Thales UK

Geoff Williams has been involved in underwater systems research and development for over 40 years. He has been responsible for the planning and management of several large sensing system projects, including some with international partners, that have informed the design of operational ASW sonar systems. He currently provides technical advice on projects aimed at future underwater sensing systems.

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UDT 2019 date & time:

Mon 13th May - 09:00 - 17:30
Tues 14th May - 09:00 - 19:30
Weds 15th May - 09:00 - 15:30

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