Session chair: Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson
Tim Hodgson joined the Royal Navy directly from school in January 1982. He completed his initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and read Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
He is currently Director Submarine Capability in the newly formed Director General Nuclear team. Here he is responsible for the delivery of the Future Submarine programme, including platforms, nuclear propulsion, strategic weapons systems, combat systems and deterrent communications.
Dr Heiko Borchert
Borchert Consulting & Research AG
Dr Heiko Borchert is owner and managing director of Borchert Consulting & Research AG. Since 1997 he has been working for public and private sector clients on a diverse set of issues with a key focus on strategic affairs, defence and security policy, defence industrial affairs, and science and technology. Since 2013 he has been a regular contributor to UDT.
Will Pope MEng (Hons) CEng MIMechE
Engineer Defence Systems Technology
Babcock International Group
Will Pope joined Babcock, Defence Systems Technology in 2014 after graduating with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. He currently works as Lead Engineer across both pneumatic and hydraulic weapon launch systems on a future submarine programme. Will also leads the design of a project to demonstrate the safety-critical hydraulic interlock system of the Dreadnought class submarine in a representative environment. Previously at Babcock, he has supported the commissioning of the Spanish S-80 submarine weapon handling equipment, and contributed to multi-million pound, winning bids. Will joined Babcock on the accredited graduate scheme and recently became a chartered engineer with the IMechE.