14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Mike Knott CBE


Mike Knott CBE

Mike Knott CBE

Assistant Chief of Staff Maritime Capability, Royal Navy
United Kingdom
An Above Water Warfare Officer, Specialist Navigator and P3M Professional, Mike Knott has served as ACOS MARCAP in Navy Command Headquarters since January 2019. Responsible for the development of the capabilities required to enable the effective and efficient control and denial of the Maritime Battlespace, he is leading a fast-paced, transformative division, developing the future Navy.

Mike has spent the majority of his career at sea on operations as both a Navigator and Principal Warfare Officer. Command assignments have included Executive Officer in HMS CUMBERLAND, and on promotion to Commander in 2009, the Type 23 Frigate HMS PORTLAND, which included operations in the South Atlantic, East Pacific, Caribbean and West Africa.

Shore assignments have involved ascending roles in the field of Capability & Acquisition including; a secondment with McKinsey and Co, an assignment in the MOD as Captain Navy Plans during the 2015 SDSR and more recently, a year in the DE&S. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.

Mike is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a Committee Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is a committed family who enjoys yacht and dinghy sailing as well as variety of sports and social activities.

  • 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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