UK Minister for Defence Procurement to give keynote speech at DPRTE 2020

We are proud to announce that a key Government minister representing one of the largest public procurement organisations in Europe will deliver the keynote speech to DPRTE 2020.

James Heappey, the UK Government’s new minister responsible for Defence Procurement will address delegates at the Exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre on April 1, 2020.

Simon Burges, Managing Director of DPRTE said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that James can be with us this year. With the coming of a new Government and a new decade, we are looking forward to hearing about the new challenges and opportunities faced by the defence sector from a key personality in the Defence Procurement organisation.

“James’ presence at DPRTE is also a strong indicator of the growing importance of the event in the UK.”

James Heappey will speak at DPRTE 2020

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE), is now well established as the UK’s leading annual defence procurement and supply chain event. The one-day event offers an unrivalled opportunity for defence sector personnel to engage with organisations of all sizes across the industry.

Mr Heappey has served as MP for Wells since 2015. Before he was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement in December 2019 he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

James has intimate knowledge of Defence matters. Before entering parliament, he served for 10 years as an infantry officer in the Army reaching the rank of Major. He deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, Basra, Helmand and Kabul.

DPRTE is officially supported by key procurement organisations including DE&S, with over 1500 delegates from the UK MOD, academia and industry to attend including QinetiQ, Bae Systems and Airbus.

Next year’s event is 50% larger than 2019 due to an increase in expected exhibitor numbers and the addition of a new zone, the Infrastructure and Estates Pavilion, hosted by DIO.

DPRTE will be the largest gathering of key people from across the UK’s £20 billion-plus annual defence acquisition and supply chain marketplace.

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