Defence procurement chief Bernard Gray knighted in Queen's birthday honours

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
15 June 2015

Chief of defence materiel Bernard Gray has been knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

The Cabinet Office (CO) said Sir Bernard had reduced cost overruns at Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) from £4 billion to £50 million since joining the Ministry of Defence in 2011.

It added Sir Bernard had saved £1.7 million of public money over the past two years in logistics and more than £2 billion in the costs of supporting the military’s equipment.

“Bernard Gray has had a huge impact on the MoD’s DE&S programme since joining the department,” said the CO.

He is to be replaced as chief executive of DE&S by Tony Douglas in September, and will stay on to ensure a smooth handover before leaving at the end of the year.

Sir Bernard assisted with the Strategic Defence Review of 1998 and outside government was previously CEO of the TSL Foundation, owner of the Times Educational Supplement.

Meanwhile, Peter Worrall, chief of materiel at the MoD, has been made a companion of the Order of the Bath for services to defence.

And Anthony Steen, chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, has been given a CBE and Andrew Wallis, founder and CEO of the charity Unseen, an OBE for their work in tackling modern-day slavery.

Katharine Davidson, who worked in the Efficiency and Reform Group in the CO and helped devise the coalition government’s savings programme, has been handed an OBE for services to government efficiency.

Chris Welsh, director of global and European policy at the Freight Transport Association, has received an MBE for services to shippers and the shipping industry. And Raymond Barker, former director of the British Educational Suppliers Association also received an MBE.

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