14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Lynda McVay


Lynda McVay

Lynda McVay

Skills Group Lead, Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) / Leonardo

Lynda is Skills and Capability Director, a role created to address the significant challenges in engineering skills by working across government, industry, Armed Forces and academia on skills development.

Current Chair of the DGP Skills Group, Lynda leads a team to develop a digital skills programme for the defence sector through upskilling and reskilling our employees.

As a strong supporter of inclusion in all forms, Lynda has promoted equality for many years. She believes that in this time of severe skills shortages, it is simply good business to develop talent in all of our people and this should be a priority for any organisation.

Lynda has been an HR professional for 30 year, most recently as HR Director for Leonardo Defence Electronics Division UK, where she was responsible for 4,500 employees.

Lynda has an MA in English Literature and Language from Edinburgh University and is a long-standing member of CIPD.


  • 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

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