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Rear Admiral (ret) Jon Pentreath

Rear Admiral (ret) Jon Pentreath

Senior Military Advisor
Clarion Events


Pentreath comes to Clarion following a long and decorated career as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy that culminated in heading up the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command.  With responsibility for the safe operation of some 250 helicopters deployed around the world, as well as British Army drones, this role saw him lead an organisation of over 8,000 servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force.  Earlier roles included a mix of leadership positions, from front line air stations to heading the future helicopter procurement department, punctuated by operational service deployments that included Bosnia and Northern Ireland in the 1990s to Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s. 

Pentreath is a graduate of The City University, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and the Royal College of Defence Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Commodore (retd) Paul Robinson      

Commodore (retd) Paul Robinson      

Defence Naval Advisor
Clarion Events


Paul's first career was in the Royal Navy where he specialised in undersea warfare, commanding 2 submarines.  Retiring as a Commodore, he entered the service sector where he developed his commercial awareness while working in Serco's defence business, culminating in managing the company's marine services contracts.  In 2015 he set up his own consultancy and has established a portfolio of contracts, the majority of which have been firmly in the defence and/or marine sectors; this has included providing support to Clarion Events as the Naval Advisor.

Chairman: Dr. Jörg Hurka

Chairman: Dr. 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.

Committee Members

Dr Peter Beerens

Dr Peter Beerens

Senior Scientist
TNO


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

Mr Aymeric Bonnaud

Director of the CEMIS within “Naval Research”
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 was deputy CTO for energy and underwater systems. He is now director of the Centre of Expertise for Mastering Information engineering and Signatures (CEMIS), part of "Naval Research", technological research centre of the group. 

Dr Simon Colby

Dr Simon Colby

Chief Technical Authority - Mine Warfare and Unmanned Systems
BAE Systems


Simon leads the BAE Systems’ work on the integration of autonomous and uncrewed 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

Eur Ing Peter Don-Duncan

R&D Director
Advansys Solutions Ltd.

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.

Mr Tito Dua

Mr Tito Dua

Lockheed Martin


Tito Dua served 23 years in the US Navy on surface ships.  He spent the majority of his time in the Western Pacific.  After retirement from the USN in 2007 he took a Business Development position with Lockheed Martin Manassas Undersea Division, marketing and selling Submarine combat and weapons control systems to the International (outside the US) market.

Mr Matthew Gleed

Mr Matthew Gleed

Senior Technologist
BAE Systems Submarines


Mr Matthew Gleed, a Chartered Engineer and Underwater C4I specialist, is a Senior Technologist at BAE Systems Submarines in the UK and consults on technology strategy and research for investment into underwater programmes covering submarines, strategic systems and off board systems technology; both crewed and uncrewed. Previous experience as a scientist in government and other appointments as an engineer in industry, he has over 15 years working on a wide range of research and development activities for UK, US and European underwater defence and technology programmes.

Dr. Jerome Gormley

Dr. Jerome Gormley

Director for Undersea Business Development General Atomics 


Dr. Jerome Gormley received degrees in nuclear engineering from Penn State University (BS) a
nd 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

Mr Jack Green

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

Mr Holger Isbrecht

Mr 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.

Mr Stéphane Jespers

Mr 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.  

Mr Bert Johansson

Mr Bert Johansson

Director of Business Development & Strategy
Saab


Bert Johansson has a masters degree in "applied physics and electronics" from Linköping university in Sweden. He has worked in the underwater business since 1986 in areas such as Electronics and software design, Integrated Logistic Support, marketing and business development, the last 15 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.

Dr Alain Maguer

Dr Alain Maguer

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


Dr Alain Maguer got his PhD in underwater acoustics and signal processing in 1986 from the University of Lyon in France. He has been working in the maritime domain for around 30 years. After his PhD, for 15 years, he worked as a signal processing scientist in Thales and the NURC and was also in charge for three years of the research team in Thales Australia. From 2002, He led both technical manager and project manager positions in the fields of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Warfare and Maritime Security. He came back to CMRE in 2007 where he is currently the Head of Engineering and Information Technology Division at CMRE. His fields of interest and expertise are ASW, mine warfare, maritime security, underwater acoustics and signal processing, autonomous vehicles, underwater communication, gliders and towed arrays, scientific IT networks and data management.

Dr Susan Metcalff

Dr Susan Metcalff

Chief Technology Officer, Head of MOD Research and Advice Division,
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd


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

Mr Jeff Owen

Consultant
AtebTec Ltd


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

Mr. 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

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

Mr 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 uncrewed systems.

Mr Tim Vickery

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.

Mr Nigel Whybrow

Mr Nigel Whybrow

Future Submarines & Technology Director
Babcock International Group


Nigel considers himself very fortunate to have worked all his career in the underwater systems arena and to have done so with insightful people, on interesting and demanding projects when invention & experiment were seen as essential activities.  His involvement has spanned high level concept and analysis work (as Project Lead) to the management of super-specialist teams and the direction of operational and material support for submarines at Chief Engineer level.

Fundamentally an engineer with a background in the thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of powerplants and high speed propulsion, his work responsibilities have included the definition of novel underwater vehicles and their operational integration.  At Marconi Underwater Systems in the 1980s he was technical lead for very early investigations into AUVs where the issues were ‘what could and should an autonomous vehicle be asked to do’ as much as how could it be done.

Nigel is the Future Submarines & Technology Director at Babcock International Group where he is involved in future design and technology planning and in external consultancy.  He is a Fellow of both the IMechE and RINA and author of numerous papers including many presented at UDT.


 

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