Ben Hooper

Project manager,  Space Imaging Systems at Teledyne E2V

Ben is a chartered mechanical engineer who has worked in the subsea oil and gas sector for over a decade on five continents. He then switched sectors to experience another ‘mega project,’ albeit a much smaller one, at Heathrow Expansion. Ben stumbled into research and development during a foray into the genuine ‘aerospace’ part of Heathrow with OSL and other partners and the UAS project which won APM’s Technology and Overall project of the year categories at the 2020 Project Management Awards.  

More recently, he has leveraged these skills into the Space sector making sensors for Spacecraft. 

Ben is passionate about efficient workstreams, the carbon neutral goal, the edge of technology and pushing the boundaries. He also claims to enjoy anything that goes fast (projects, machines, people...anything!). 

Synopsis

In their session, Ben Hooper and Mark Legh-Smith MBE will provide a thoughtful analysis of different contractual models, using the example of their APM Award winning Counter Unmanned Aerial System project.  

Ben and Mark will look at collaborative and flexible contractual terms versus standard contractual models, reviewing the risks and benefits of different contractual mechanisms.  

They will also talk about supply chain, supplier relationships and funding models, talking through some of the challenges they faced as part of this project and what lessons they learned throughout the process that may impact the way the organisation runs projects in the future.

Mark Legh-Smith MBE 

CEO, Operational Solutions Ltd

Mark is the founder of Operational Solutions Ltd, a growing enterprise which provides integrated support to airports and the UK MOD and which specialises in the disciplines of counter drone air defence and simulation. Mark’s core areas of expertise include integrated support, counter drone air defence solutions, simulation, training and facilitating collaborative working practices with disparate stakeholders. 

Mark has expertise in the development of the FACE control and command node (Fusion, Assessment and Control Enginefor Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems) and is leading its introduction to 3 international airports, including Heathrow, where he was instrumental in the success of the counter drone project 

Mark has formerly served in the Army and completed influential appointments in air defence such as Battery Commander, Operations Officer and Chief of Staff at an Air Defence Headquarters. He was given an MBE for support to air defence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Synopsis

In their session, Ben Hooper and Mark Legh-Smith MBE will provide a thoughtful analysis of different contractual models, using the example of their APM Award winning Counter Unmanned Aerial System project.  

Ben and Mark will look at collaborative and flexible contractual terms versus standard contractual models, reviewing the risks and benefits of different contractual mechanisms.  

They will also talk about supply chain, supplier relationships and funding models, talking through some of the challenges they faced as part of this project and what lessons they learned throughout the process that may impact the way the organisation runs projects in the future.

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