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).  It has been republished in the 2017 Defence Procurement Guide available from February.

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


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 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 is expected to be published before Christmas in its latest form.


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


DIO Overseas Framework Selected


The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence along with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have worked together to develop an overseas principal support provider (PSP) framework for infrastructure projects.


Six companies have been selected as suppliers for the framework to deliver multi-disciplinary design and project management services, advisory services, construction technical services, specialist surveys and clerk of the works duties.


The successful suppliers will deliver services overseas for the next 4 years and will work on key international projects across the globe. The framework has an estimated spend value of £60 million and demonstrates a commitment across government departments to work together on overseas procurement.


The framework will use mini-competitions among the 6 companies as the primary way of selecting the most appropriate contractor to deliver a project. 

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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