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Major General Stephen R. Layfield (US Army) Director J7/Joint Warfighting Centre, US Joint Forces Command United States

Most recently he served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Alaska, with additional duty as Deputy Commanding General, Alaskan Command.

Dr Chris Mace CBE Director, Defence Support Reviews, Ministry of Defence, UK

Christopher Mace was born in September 1953. He obtained a first class degree in Physics and a PhD in theoretical physics before joining the MOD in 1979 at the Rocket Propulsion Establishment. He subsequently held a wide range of appointments in technical and procurement areas of defence and in 1991

received the CBE. In 1994 he was appointed Director Finance and Secretariat for Weapons and CIS procurement programmes, and in 1996 joined the GEC Avery Board as an Executive Director on secondment. He returned in 1997 to implement resource accounting and budgeting throughout the MOD, and moved to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office in 1999 where he was responsible for all IND operations and was Chief Inspector of the Immigration Service. In March 2003 he was appointed Director General Resources at the Defence Logistics Organisation Headquarters in Bath. From July 2006 to March 2007 he merged Defence Acquisition and Logistics to create the Defence Equipment and Support organisation, and became Chief of Staff role for the Chief Defence Material in April 2007. He was appointed Director General Operations Science and Technology in October 2007 before moving to lead the Defence Support Review in June 2010. Concurrently he has recently been appointed as the Senior Responsible Owner for the Defence Training Systems and Infrastructure Change Programme.

Alistair Halliday BA, MCIPR, FCMI Programme Director, Raytheon UK

Alistair Halliday is Programme Director, UK Training at Raytheon UK. In this role, he is responsible for managing the UK Training Business and all facets of capture and programme delivery of the Royal Navy FOAP Training Services Programme and other Defence and Government training.

Prior to joining Raytheon in April 2010, Alistair served in the Royal Navy from 1977 and served in 15 ships over 33 years, specialising as a Principle Warfare Officer and in Air Warfare. He commanded 3 Warships: the Minehunter HMS BRIDPORT, the Type 42 Destroyer HMS MANCHESTER and the Frigate HMS CAMPBELTOWN, as Captain Initial Sea Training, as well as commanding a Royal Marine detachment. He saw service over the world, including Hong Kong during the Vietnamese boat people and Chinese illegal immigrant problems, the Gulf, and the Gulf of Suez mine clearance in 1984.

A graduate of Reading University, Manchester Business School and the Joint Service Defence College at Greenwich, he received the Freedom of the City of Manchester and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. His shore experience included managing Warfare Officers training, Board President at the Admiralty Interview Board, Second Sea Lord’s programmer and later Director of Naval Personnel Strategy responsible for the Navy Board’s Personnel Change Programme. He was Head of Corporate Communications to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet during the Firefighter’s Strike and Op TELIC in 2003. He was MA to Chief of Defence Logistics during a period of major Logistics Transformation and restructuring before becoming Director Defence Public Relations in December 2006 as a Commodore, managing all RN, Army, RAF and Defence media communications and led Communications Transformation to modernise Defence communications. His final MOD post was Head of Reserve Forces and Cadets, responsible for tri-service policy for Reservists, implementing the Reserves Review and Defence policy for all MOD Youth and Cadet organisations. He was made an Aide- de-Campe to HM The Queen in 2009.


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