Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB
In a 41 year naval career Sir Jeremy had four sea commands - Beachampton, Ashanti, Nottingham and Ark Royal (when he commanded the first RN Task Group off Bosnia). Ashore he filled important staff appointments including Commandant of the Royal Navy Staff College, Director of Naval Plans, Director General Naval Personnel Strategy, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Deputy CINC Fleet and was the first Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Capability), being a key player in implementing the Smart Acquisition Initiative.
Leaving the RN in 2002, he spent three years with EADS, as UK Country President, before becoming an independent consultant. He is a Non Executive Director of Eurocopter UK and advisor to several medium and small companies. He is a Vice President, Trustee and Associate Fellow of RUSI, Editor of The Naval Review and a frequent writer on defence (including acquisition), in many publications.