Supportability Engineering for Defence Ltd


Principal Consultant - David Richards MSc BEng (Hons) PGCert (R&M) CEng MIMechE

-- Who I am:

A chartered mechanical engineer with post graduate qualifications in Defence Logistics Management and Reliability and Maintainability, and extensive experience in Defence Acquisition; specialising in Supportability Engineering, Through Life Support, Integrated Logistic Support (ILS), and Reliability & Maintainability (R&M).

I spent over 18 years as an Army Officer in a professional engineering environment, initially providing Equipment Support to deployed units of the Army, and then for 9 years within various Project Teams in the procurement of a wide range of complex electronic and mechanical systems. In my last Army post, I was employed within the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Through Life Support Directorate, giving specialist advice, support, mentoring and assurance to project teams, including Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to Tender Assessment Panels.

Since leaving the Services, I have worked as a consultant within Defence Acquisition where I have established and delivered numerous successful ILS and R&M programmes during all phases of acquisition, UOR and Main Programme, on behalf of Defence Suppliers. I have also grown SE4D capability through networking, to deliver a plethora of Defence Acquisition programme functions including Project and Bid Management, Integrated Logistic Support, Training, Safety and Environmental Management, Risk, Security, and Requirements Management and Engineering.

-- What I do:

Interim Management

Interim ILS and ARM Manager responsible for every aspect of ILS / ARM / TLS bid and programme planning, leadership, DE&S engagement, management and delivery on behalf of major Defence suppliers


One Stop Shop Support

Team Leader in sub-contract provision of Defence Acquisition centric support functions and deliverables, including; Supportability Engineering, Technical Publications, Training, Scheduling, Risk, Quality, Safety and Environmental Management

Bid Support

General bid support to organisations unfamiliar with Defence Acquisition.  Advice on process and procedure.  Bid authoring and reviews.  Responding to Pre Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ) and Invitations To Tender (ITT)