14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Mike Rose


Mike Rose

Mike Rose

Defence Engineering Champion Team Leader, Ministry of Defence and Programme Director, UK MOD
Captain Mike Rose joined the Royal Navy in 1982 as an Artificer apprentice.  Specialising in Marine Engineering, he then applied his trade at sea and ashore in the rank of Petty Officer before then being selected for commission as an Officer in 1988. During his career he has undertaken a number of sea assignments, ranging from DMEO in HMS NEWCASTLE to MEO IN HMS SUTHERLAND with his last one being in HMS ALBION as Cdr(E) where he saw operations in 2011 during the Arab Spring, before then placing the ship into Extended Readiness in 2012.  In between his sea appointments he has undertaken positions in engineering support, acquisition and HR, interspersed with RN sponsored academic development.  This included reading for an MSc in engineering at the University College London and then some years later for an MA in strategic studies at the Joint Services Staff and Command College, Shrivenham.  Promoted to Captain in February 15 he was assigned into the inaugural role of Defence Engineering Champion Team leader.  Here he has assumed responsibility for bringing a clarity of purpose and coherence to the multitude of engineering skills initiatives and activities currently underway across the Ministry of Defence. Additionally he is responsible for leading the MoD input to a number of distinct collaborative skills initiatives, including: other Government Departments, STEM engagement delivery partners, Industry, Academia and the Professional Engineering Institutions; all set against the strategic backdrop of a National skills shortage. Turning to the domestic side of his life he is married to Michele a school teacher with two teenage sons Hamish and Alexander, living in Cornwall where he can often be seen trying to tackle the North Cornish surf by board or kayak – badly.


  • DSEI showcases the best of British defence technology and innovation on the world stage. The UK Government looks forward to engaging with strategic partners, international delegations and pioneering defence companies on the global defence and security agenda.
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • I much look forward to DSEI. We intend to build on the very positive experience as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament

Platinum Partners


  • General Dynamics

  • BAE Systems

International Partner


  • UAE Pavillion




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