14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Paul Marshall


Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Senior Responsible Owner, Ship Acquisition, Royal Navy

Paul Marshall was born and schooled in the West Midlands before joining the Royal Navy in 1988. He studied Engineering (BEng(Hons) 1992) at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon and at University College, London (MSc 1997); and he is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (2001) and Higher Command and Staff Course (2015) at the Joint Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. He is an alumnus of UK/US Rising Leaders Programme (2014) and the Major Projects Leadership Academy (2018).

His operational career at sea has seen tours in Frigates and Aircraft Carriers in the Far East (1992, 1997) including the handover of Hong Kong, counter-narcotics duties in the Caribbean (1994), the Gulf (1997), the South Atlantic (2002), Africa (1989, 2002) and in support of Operation TELIC (2nd Gulf War, 2003). From 2010-2012 he was the Staff Marine Engineer Officer of the Portsmouth Flotilla, super-intending the operational engineering activity across half of the RN’s surface fleet.

Ashore, he has completed tours in acquisition, training and support and has spent much of his latter career in joint appointments – most recently helping to establish the UK’s Joint Forces Command as the Principal Staff Officer to the 4* Commander, for which he was appointed CBE (2015). Other notable appointments include: Advisor to the Head of the Iraqi Navy (2006-2007) when he was awarded the US Bronze Star for Meritorious Service; and the Assistant Naval Attaché in Washington DC (2007-2010). He was promoted to Captain in March 2012 and served in Navy Command Headquarters where he was programme director for support improvement, engineering support and project “Faraday” which revitalized training and professionalism in the RN’s engineering branch.

As a Commodore, he served as Programme Director for Type 26 frigates and established the Navy Command Ship Acquisition Programme Management Office, stepping up on promotion to Rear Admiral as the Senior Responsible Owner for delivery of the T26 and T31e Frigate Programmes and Fleet Solid Support Programme.


  • 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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