Speaker

Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE

Co-Chairman

Universal Defence & Security Solutions

About Sir Richard

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff’ leading the UK Armed Forces, 2013-2016. He was responsible for 23000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3Bn, delivering intelligence, Special Forces, operational command and control, surveillance, reconnaissance and information systems and communications, operational logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces. He joined the Army via Sandhurst in 1977 and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen’s College, Oxford en route to becoming an artillery officer. His military career included the last decade of the Cold War and leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan – often as part of US-led coalitions and in NATO. As a Lieutenant General serving in the MoD he oversaw all UK military operations, including support to the 2012 Olympics. He is a Distinguished Fellow at RUSI, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. His work today includes Managing Partner of Wychwood Partners, providing government and senior board-level geo-strategic insight and advice on digital risk and opportunity, particularly cyber resilience. He is Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions, applying the expertise of former Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and MoD Civil Service personnel at all levels to work around the world. He advises widely on senior leadership, defence and security, lecturing regularly on defence policy, strategy, and especially the transformation of armed forces through Digital Age technology.

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