Dr Prof. Bryn Hughes
Head of Science and Engineering Profession, Dstl
Bryn has had a long and varied career within Government Research and Development. Graduating in Applied Biological Sciences, he successfully completed a PhD in Marine Toxicology, sponsored by MoD. Joining the Defence Research Agency, and the Oceanographic Division, led him to work on biological oceanography in support to the Royal Navy. After a period being responsible for the development and validation of the RN underwater acoustic propagation loss models, he was seconded to MoD MB, with responsibility for part of the long term research programme. On return to the newly formed Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), he was appointed Technical Manager for Protection and Life Sciences Division. Following a change in the Divisional structure of DERA, he took on the co-ordination role of specific research areas across DERA, working directly the Managing Director, Science. During this time, he worked closely with the Cabinet Office in the development of national policy for Information Assurance and protection of the CNI against electronic attack. After the successful delivery of this work, he took on responsibility for a number of capabilities as they transitioned from DERA to the newly formed Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Dstl. Subsequently, he has had a number of secondments in to London departments, including as the first Director S&T Capability within the MoD, developing the Defence Technology Plan. Following a number of roles, he was appointed Executive Director, and then Technical Director, Dstl in 2015. In 2019 he became Head of Science and Engineering Profession, within the Lab, whilst also supporting the respective Heads of Profession in MoD. With an external facing role, he works closely with a number of organisations, including other PSREs and UK Innovation and Research (UKRI) concerned with Professional development and the provision of future skills. He is a Fellow of the IET and BCS, and has recently been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.