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Dec
9
Thu
2021
AFCEA UK West Chapter – December 2021- Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC – Army Digital Services **MEETING CANCELLED** @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Dec 9 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

**********  Please be advised that we have had to cancel the meeting on 9th December. Unfortunately, we did not achieve the minimum attendee number threshold to make this event financially viable. **********

Our December meeting will be on 9th December at the Brickhampton Golf Club, when our Guest Speaker will be Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC –  Army Digital Services, HQ Army.  Please note the change of speaker from our original posting.

The subject of Andy’s talk will be “Culture and Leadership in software development: The drive towards empowered teams”

Army Digital Services (ADS) is refining and implementing its digital transformation but many challenges and hurdles remain. Some people might think that it’s all about the technology and what that will deliver but that is only a part of the story.

Few would argue that team empowerment is not a critical ingredient in successful delivery of software applications at scale. Nurturing that empowerment must surely be a deliberate activity that needs to resonate not just within the team itself but right throughout the organisation. Achieving this in the right balance, especially against a backdrop of inertia, is ultimately a product of culture and leadership.

This talk will provide a perspective from ADS on:

  • the importance of culture and leadership in setting the conditions for successful empowerment and hence delivery
  • the need to challenge legacy mindsets which act as a barrier to transformation
  • exploiting success as catalyst for growth at scale

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below. A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Jan
13
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – January 2022 – Virtual Meeting – Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development
Jan 13 @ 18:00 – 20:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

**Please note that due to the worsening Covid situation, our previously scheduled meeting at Brickhampton Golf Club on 13th January 2022 has been cancelled and we will hold a virtual meeting instead.**

Our Guest speaker will be Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development.  The title of Reid’s presentation is “Mission Driven Innovation in Cheltenham and Beyond: Your place in Golden Valley and the Cyber Tech Ecosystem”.

The Golden Valley Development will create a vibrant pioneering Garden Community integrating hi- tech business, residential and leisure uses. At its heart will be Cyber Central: the UK home of cyber, digital and creative sectors arising from Cheltenham’s international reputation for leadership in cyber innovation. With a significant development site adjacent to GCHQ in a highly accessible location with great connectivity, the opportunity exists to create a destination of global significance. It will require the highest standards of environmental sustainability integrating exemplar homes as part of a thriving and inclusive campus and garden community, defined by its quality in design, public spaces and approach to connectivity both digitally and physically”. Reid will be looking into what this really means and the opportunities for industry across the West of England.

The Meeting will be free for AFCEA Members but there may be a charge for non-members, once the Virtual package has been finalised.

Register your interest to attend with and full details will be provided when available.

For further information see below.

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Feb
10
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Philip Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Signal Brigade @ Hub8 Brewery
Feb 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Following the unavoidable cancellation of our recent planned meetings, the good news is that we’re holding an in-person meeting on the 10 February and have identified a new and interesting venue – the Hub8 Brewery in Cheltenham.  Our guest speaker will be Brigadier Phil Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Sig Bde and Chief G6 HQ ARRC Headquarters 1st (United Kingdom) Signal Brigade.  Brig Muir’s presentation will be “The challenge for 1 (UK) Signal Brigade”

The defence and security landscape has been developing for several years and the changes appear to be accelerating into the future. The Integrated Review highlighted many of the challenges we face and outlined how we were to address them. Technological developments are also accelerating, with the provisioning of ICS in the battlespace needing to match the capabilities that users take for granted in their everyday lives.  To tackle some of these issues there is a requirement for agile thinking, concept development, experimentation, and innovation.

1 (UK) Signal Brigade will be impacted by all these issues and Brig Muir will outline his vision as to how the Brigade will rise to the challenge.

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Feb
24
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy @ The Gurkha Museum
Feb 24 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK Southern Chapter Event.

With the last AFCEA Southern Chapter event at Spinnaker Tower back in early September 2021 fast becoming a distant memory, we thought that it was time for another get together!  We were planning to hold an event in mid-January, but the pre-Christmas arrival of Omicron forced us to hit the pause button.  With Covid restrictions now easing, we feel that we can finally launch our next event.  We are pleased to announce that next AFCEA Southern Chapter meeting will take place on Thursday 24 February at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester.  We are very fortunate to have Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, the Royal Navy’s CTO, as our guest speaker and his talk is entitled ‘The pace of change and the Royal Navy’.  There will also be an opportunity to have a short tour of the Gurkha Museum and to enjoy some delights of Nepalese cuisine, whilst settling into conversation with colleagues from the defence and security sector across the AFCEA Southern Chapter region.

Brig Cheeseman’s presentation will be ranging wide and deep across the modern Royal Navy and its embrace of technology in an exponential world. Topics will include the Integrated Review, digitisation, autonomy in all environments, novel weapons lethality, modularity (Navy PODS), new commercial models, Type 32, Future Commando Force, Future Maritime Aviation Force, augmented reality, additive manufacturing, quantum time and more.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details, please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Mar
10
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – March 2022 – with CyNam @ Pittville Pump Room
Mar 10 @ 17:00 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our next in-person meeting will be held on the 10 March and will be in run conjunction with CyNam.  The topic will be “Ecosystems, Collaboration and Partnership:  What next for our thriving cyber-tech ecosystem?”

This is a free to attend meeting, which will be held at the Pittville Pump Room. E Approach Dr, Cheltenham GL52 3JE.

You can Register Here  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Apr
5
Tue
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – April 2022 – Colonel Mark Cornell, Asst Hd Army Digital Services, The Army Software and Analytics House, Army HQ @ Hub8 Brewery
Apr 5 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th April (please note the change of date to avoid the Easter break).  We will once again be back at the Brickhampton Golf Club and our guest speaker for the evening will be Col Mark Cornell, Assistant Head Army Digital Services, The Army Software and Analytics House, Army HQ.  The title of his presentation will be “Culture and Leadership in software development: the drive towards empowered teams”.

Please find the Calling Notice below, which you can also download a copy of here

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May
12
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – May 2022 – Peter Wilson – Public Sector CTO for EMEA, Pegasystems Inc @ Hub8 Brewery
May 12 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our May meeting will be held on Thursday 12th May. We will once again be back at the Hub8 Brewery and our guest speaker for the evening will be. The title of his presentation will be Peter Wilson – Public Sector CTO for EMEA, Pegasystems Inc. The title of his presentation will be “The Evolution of Government Digital Services”.

Peter was formerly HMRC Head of Solution Architecture and Feasibility Study Lead on the UKs first Major Digital Service Self-Assessment Online

Please find the Calling Notice below, which you can also download a copy of here

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May
25
Wed
2022
AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – May 2022 – Bombay Sapphire Distillery @ Bombay Sapphire Distillery
May 25 @ 18:30 – 22:30

AFCEA UK Southern Chapter Event.

The next AFCEA UK Southern Chapter event is taking place at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery on Wednesday 25 May.  The distillery is in Laverstoke, between Whitchurch and Overton in North Hampshire.  The speakers for the event will be Amanda Shakir from DSTL and Robin Fisk from NEXOR.  They will be talking about the Single Information Environment research project and other projects within the DSTL information and intelligence portfolio.

Complimentary welcome drinks will be served from 6pm in the iconic glasshouses, before we proceed inside at 6.30pm to hear the keynote speakers followed by a Q&A session.

A further complimentary drink will be served as we then proceed into the Mill Bar for a buffet supper alongside a cash bar.  During the evening, Bombay Sapphire are also offering a 15-minute gin ‘mini-Masterclass’ to those who wish to discover more about the art of mixing gin cocktails.  For anyone who doesn’t wish to take part in the ‘mini-Masterclass,’ there is an opportunity to deduct £10 off your ticket price.

To encourage new attendees, we are also offering a £10 discount to those who have never attended an AFCEA South event previously.  Please pass on details of the event to colleagues who may never have heard of AFCEA South and encourage them to come along at a discounted price!

For further details and booking / payment instructions, please see the document below. A copy can be downloaded here.

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Jun
14
Tue
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – June 2022 – Steve Hyde – Multi Domain Integration Head, Integrated Battlespace Operating Centre – DE&S @ Hub8 Brewery
Jun 14 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

We reach the final event of the season, and we are going to end it with style – but please note the change of day and date to Tuesday 14th June. We are very fortunate to have Mr Steve Hyde, the Multi Domain Integration (MDI) Head, within the Integrated Battlespace Operating Centre at DE&S, to come along and talk about MDI.  Although MDI are the current buzz words around the MOD, many may still wonder what does it really mean and what does it involve?  Now is the opportunity for you to gain an insight from one of the leading MOD authorities on the subject.  The synopsis for the event is:“Multi Domain Integration (MDI) – Challenges & Opportunities. This presentation will cover what is MDI from a high level strategic and concept perspective around achieving greater integration; it will outline programme structure and approach to MDI as a Change Programme; it will then focus on the MDI Design Authority challenges and opportunities, including engagement with Industry to explore the challenges and opportunities.”For anyone who wants to get up to speed on the latest developments on this subject, then this event is not to be missed.The details are, Tue 14 Jun at The Hub8 facility in Cheltenham, starting at 1830 with drinks, followed by the talk and networking until 2100.  There will be a fee to cover locations costs, drinks and hot food.  If interested, please contact Matt Treadwell our events coordinator at  to confirm a place.

Sep
29
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – September 2022 – Spinnaker Tower – Portsmouth @ Spinnaker Tower
Sep 29 @ 19:30 – 22:30

AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting

The first AFCEA (UK) Southern Chapter event of the new 2022 / 23 season will be held on the 29th September 2022 at the iconic Spinnaker Tower venue in Portsmouth. Our Guest Speaker will be Maj Gen John Collyer, Chief Information Officer, Army Headquarters and the title of his presentation will be “Digital Competitiveness in the Land Environment – Challenge and Opportunity”.

Full details along with booking and payment information can be found in the document below. The document can also be downloaded here (opens in a new tab):

2022-09-29 AFCEA South Invitation