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.  


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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