Formed in 2005 to promote engineering, science and technology on behalf of the naval sector, UKNEST has steadily grown to become established as a successful not-for profit organisation working on behalf of the naval enterprise. A member organisation, comprising both the public and private sector, UKNEST uniquely provides a safe environment for industry, government, professional institutions and academia to explore the issues of the day and provide thought leadership, advocacy and influence.
UKNEST promotes careers in the naval sector through STEM engagement, scholarships and publications. It encourages early career professionals, known as “FutureNEST”, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the sector through networking, site visits and “visioneering” concept work. Two Working Groups focus on People and Skills and Science & Technology and generate White Papers, surveys and conferences. Members themselves comprise a flourishing network that shares experience and guides the organisation.
Meet the Team...
Ian's career in the Maritime industry has spanned over 40 years and encompassed a wealth of technical areas from gas turbines and stealth materials to distributed synthetic learning. Latterly the Continuous improvement Director at QinetiQ he is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Science & Technology WG Chair
Adam has been Chair of the UKNEST Science & Technology Working Group since Oct 18. He is a Chartered Naval Architect & Chartered Project Professional and became an Engineering Fellow in 2015. Adam started his career with a RAF flying scholarship in the late 90’s, subsequently holding numerous positions in MoD DE&S. He left in 2012 to pursue a career in the private sector which took him to Babcock, QinetiQ & Mott MacDonald where he has experience of working in Nuclear, Energy, Rail, Road, Maritime and Aviation sectors.
George is a Systems Engineer working on state-of-the-art products for naval ship and fleet protection, as well as undersea surveillance systems. As a Graduate Engineer at SEA, he was initially attracted to FutureNEST for the opportunity to do something outside my usual job role.
Chief Executive Officer
Matt has over 40 years’ experience in the naval sector underpinned by a long career in the Royal Navy and most recently as an independent consultant. He is a Chartered Engineer, inaugural Chair of the IMarEST's Naval Engineering Special Interest Group and during his naval career he co-chaired the UKNEST People & Skills WG. Matt was appointed Chief Executive in June 2022 and represents UKNEST in numerous forums, including the UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce.
People & Skills WG Co-Chair
Tony is the Strategy and Business Development lead for Lockheed Martin UK with responsibility across the Maritime and Air ISTAR SECTORS. Tony enjoyed 25 years with the Royal Navy as aircrew including exchanges with the United States Navy at the Naval Strike Air Warfare Centre and the UK Test and Evaluation Centre at Boscombe Down following a Masters in Aerosystems Engineering. Tony has been with LM since leaving the service in 2013 and has been an active member of the People & Skills Working Group since 2019.
People & Skills WG Co-Chair
Nicholas Boyd is a Team Leader and Principal Engineer in the Defence Science and Engineering Laboratory (DSTL). He is also the Senior Mentor for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in DSTL, as well as a mentor for the IET and CMI and is a Fellow of all 3 institutions. As well a being co-chair of the UKNEST people and skills working group he is the Platform Authority for the various maritime craft that DSTL responsible for them being safe to operate and their licensing with the Regulator and certification by the Naval Authority. Prior to this second career he served for over 33 years as a Marine Engineer Office in the Royal Navy.
A Day in the Life: CPO Pete Spayne
Chief Petty Officer Weapon Engineer
FutureNEST deliver Project Zeus and 2GenA workshops at Navy Command HQ
2nd February 2024
A Step Change in UK Shipbuilding Skills
2nd November 2023
The UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce launched its final report, “A Step Change in UK Shipbuilding Skills”...
26th September 2023
Project Zeus: Visioneering the future operating environment on the principles of sustainability, adaptability, and mitigation
Member Meeting at Leonardo
20th July 2023
Members visit the home of British helicopters
Achieving Artificial Intelligence at Scale in Naval Domain Conference 17 May 2023
24th May 2023
National Apprenticeship Week
7th February 2023
UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce (UKSST) marks the start of the National Apprenticeship Week
UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce
18th January 2023
UKSST meets at Princess Yachts in Plymouth and starts Prioritisation Phase.
Bronington Trust achieves charitable status
12th January 2023
HMS Bronington, once captained by King Charles, moves a step closer to preservation...