14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Stephen Phipson

Stephen Phipson

Stephen Phipson

Stephen Phipson

CEO, Make UK

Stephen Phipson is the Chief Executive of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. Make UK is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.

Stephen previously held the position of Head of the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International trade delivering support to UK defence and security businesses seeking to export and develop joint ventures and partnerships overseas, as well as to overseas defence and security businesses seeking to invest in the UK. Prior to this Stephen held the position of Director for Security Industry Engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office where he was the Senior Responsible Owner within Government for the UK security industry and had responsibility for securing a new generation of G2G security agreements with priority overseas partner nations.

In addition to senior roles within the UK Government, Stephen has spent 35 years in Industry and has held senior roles within the Electronics, Defence and Security industries. He was Chief Executive of Stadium Group plc and prior to this spent 15 years with Smiths Group plc latterly as President of Smiths Detection, one of the world’s leading threat detection businesses, exporting to more than 100 Government agencies around the World. This followed several years as Group Managing Director of Smiths Interconnect, manufacturing electronics subsystems and components for the Global Defence, Communications and Security markets. Stephen has also held senior management positions with Radiall, Philips and Plessey. Stephen served as the inaugural Chairman of RISC, VP Security for ADS and Chairman of the Security Commission of ASD.

  • 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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