14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Tim Fraser

Tim Fraser

Tim Fraser

Tim Fraser

Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, MOD

Tim Fraser was educated at Lord Williams’ School in Oxfordshire and joined the Royal Navy in 1982. A surface warfare officer, he has had the privilege of commanding 4 ships: the patrol craft HMS ARCHER (1989-91); the T42 Destroyers HMS GLOUCESTER (1997-98) and HMS CARDIFF (as the Captain Fifth Destroyer Squadron, 2001-03) and the aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (2006-07). He has served as the United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain (2010-11); and as the Senior British Military Advisor in US Central Command HQ in Tampa, Florida (2012-14) and from 2017 as the Chief of Joint Operations at the PJHQ, prior to promoting to 4* as Vice Chief of Defence Staff in May 2019.

In between sea and operational appointments, he has served in a diverse range of shore roles, but predominantly on the Central Staff in the Ministry of Defence. Most recently (2014-17) he served as the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design) focusing on the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

He was made a Companion of the Bath in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He is married to Alison and they have 4 (allegedly grown -up) children.


  • 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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