Keith Skempton CBE DL

Partnership Approach

Keith had an article published on "Partnership:  taking the Whole Force Approach in Defence".  It was featured in the 'Defence Contracts Bulletin' produced on 16 Nov 16 (Vol 14 No 22) and republished in the 2017 Defence Procurement Guide.


Keith Skempton provides consultancy and advice for design and management organisations, building contractors and developers specifically, but not exclusively, in the defence and security sector, interacting with the MOD and Armed Forces as well as defence manufacturers.

Advice is aimed at identifying procurement opportunities and bringing together the team that can win the contract.


Target projects tend to be for the development of facilities or for the development of real estate for disposal, in both cases requiring design for best value.


MOD Photograph of LIGHTNING II - The new STOL/VSTOL F35B flying over RAF Marham

MOD Infrastructure Change


From April 2018, the Front Line Commands (FLCs: RN, Army, RAF, Joint Force Command) will take responsibility for their own infrastructure.  The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will act as their "agent".  The FLCs will need to justify their requirements to the DIO.


It is anticipated that DIO will conduct 60 sets of Assessment Studies on priority projects early in the new year.  These are likely to be advertised through the FATS5 Framework or through Crown Commercial Services.  The projects should be covered in the "DIO Commercial Strategy" which has now been published.  See following comment on the DIO Commercial Strategy.


MOD Photograph - HMS IRON DUKE at Liverpool Pier Head for Armed Forces Day 2017


DIO Commercial Strategy


As a main infrastructure client, DIO will engage with industry by sharing pipeline information well in advance of planned procurements to help shape the market, drive innovation and invigorate and maintain a diverse portfolio of suppliers. In turn, it is envisaged this will support economic growth nationally and in the regions by giving businesses certainty to recruit and retain staff.

Graham Dalton, DIO’s Chief Executive said: “The publication of this strategy, in anticipation of the updated 2018 DIO Procurement Plan, marks an important moment for DIO. We realise that we have not been the easiest organisation to do business with in the past and we are dedicated to changing that.

“This strategy sets out our intent to broaden our supply base, and for our existing and prospective suppliers to have the confidence to work with us. We will work in an open and constructive way to deliver innovative and value for money services that meet the requirements of defence and the armed forces.”

Skempton Consulting

For the past 7 years Keith has been undertaking Business Development in the Defence and Security Property and Infrastructure Sector, with defence businesses and contractors, developing, rationalizing or disposing of their real estate at best value.  Since leaving the Army as a Major General, he has also been involved in Defence Manufacturing, Real Estate and Facilities Management projects.  His subject interest is UK-wide and he is now available as an independent consultant.

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