DE&S was launched as an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence in 2014, with unique management freedoms delegated by HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.
We have a separate governance structure and use these freedoms to manage our outputs and workforce within an operating cost budget.
Our Board of Non-Executive Directors
The DE&S Non-Executive Board is responsible for the strategic governance of DE&S, under the leadership of the DE&S Chair, Mark Russell. The Board provides a forum for independent, non-executive, support, advice, and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Committee.
Our CEO and Executive Committee
The CEO is appointed by the Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary, subject to agreement by the Minister for Defence Procurement and considering advice from the DE&S Chair. As a senior post, the appointment also requires the agreement of the Head of the Civil Service and the Government’s Senior Leadership Committee.
The Board delegates the day-to-day running of DE&S to the CEO. The CEO is directly responsible to Parliament for the stewardship of DE&S’ resources, with delegated authority to lead and manage DE&S. The CEO is also the UK’s National Armaments Director.
The CEO delegates to a team of executive directors, who form the Executive Committee and are responsible for implementing strategic decisions and delivering corporate objectives.