Sixth Partnering with Defence conference registration opens

Partnering with Defence Conference

The Partnering with Defence conference will take place virtually on Thursday 11th March 2021.

The annual conference brings together employers and Ministry of Defence representatives to discuss topics which impact both Defence and industry.

Organised by Defence Relationship Management (DRM), the theme this year is the Ministry of Defence Response to Future Crises: an opportunity to examine the challenges of the next decade and how the UK might achieve greater resilience. In particular, the conference will explore how an integrated force of regulars and reserves can provide a network that extends across defence, government, industry, academia and into the heart of society itself.

250 employers took part in the Partnering with Defence Conference in 2019. At that time, we reported in an article on our website that the audience heard from the Chief of Defence People, Reservist Natalie Gardener and veterans Luke Sinnott and Shaun Stocker. As well as the speakers in the main auditorium, delegates had the opportunity to attend seminars on shared challenges and best practice in the areas of cyber, employing those within the Service family and how employers can partner with Defence to form mutually beneficial relationships.

This year, over 400 delegates are expected to join the virtual event, which runs from 10am to 1pm on Thursday 11th March 2021. Speakers include:

  • Lieutenant General James Swift OBE, Chief of Defence People, Ministry of Defence
  • Major General Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD VR, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Reserve Forces and Cadets, Ministry of Defence
  • Brigadier Leigh Tingey, Chief of Staff Standing Joint Command (UK), Ministry of Defence
  • Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes DBE
  • James Heappey MP, Minister for the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence
  • Adrian Dottridge, Director of People Transformation, Ministry of Defence

Any employer looking for advice and information on employing a member of the armed forces community can contact DRM. Regional Employer Engagement Directors embedded in the RFCAs across the country can offer  support and advice relating to defence personnel issues, particularly employment of reservists, veterans (including wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and spouses/partners.

The Regional Employer Engagement Director for East Anglia is Kristina Carrington, who can support employers on  partnering with defence, events in your area, help with establishing and maintaining relationships between employers and reservists, and for further clarification of entitlements and rights. 

Delegates can register now on the PWD Conference website.