Nations in the Central and Eastern European region are going through an intensive phase of modernisation to meet NATO standards and transform equipment support. Acquiring, maintaining and supplying the equipment needs to be managed effectively in order to provide the best quality service to support the military community. In order to improve the supply and sustainment of modern forces new ways of managing fleets and stockpiles of military inventory need to be implemented, technology and innovation embraced and industry best practice harnessed to underpin military capability in the most effective and efficient manner.

Drawing on his extensive experience in support chain management, Brigadier (Retd) Mark Dunn will guide you through how to enhance support chain management to deliver the best resources for armed forces in the region and will explore innovative solutions to the biggest challenges in managing the supply chain.

Topics Covered Will Include

  • Data and its Management
  • Demand and Resource Forecasting v Military Risk
  • Modern Support Chain Management solutions
  • Optimising performance measurement and management in maintenance, equipment reliability and time scheduling in the logistics cycle
  • Full spectrum support services for new military equipment


All those seeking to enhance their logistics performance including:

  • Field Logistics Commanders
  • Movement Control Experts
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Life Cycle Management Experts
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Military Engineers
  • Real Life Support Providers
  • Fuel Specialists

Workshop LEADER


Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn

Principal Consultant Defence and Security, Pa Consulting Group

Brigadier (retired) Mark is a member of PA Consulting’s Defence and Security practice specialising in Defence Support Chain Transformation and military logistics. He has 40 years career experience in Defence as both a military senior leader and staff officer. On high tempo operations he commanded Camp BASTION in Afghanistan and the Logistics Bases in Iraq and Bosnia as well as Bicester – the largest and busiest depot in the UK. He has led on supply chain and logistics transformation being the Operations Director during the Future Defence Supply Chain initiative (the outsourcing of the UK Base to Industry) and the UK Strategic Inventory reduction programme, reducing the UK inventory from £40Bn to £28 Bn. He has had management oversight of the UKNCB and attended AC135 contributing to international collaboration in codification, transformation and change. He has a record of achievement in leadership and direction, strategic planning, cost reduction programmes and talent management. He operates effectively in a constant ‘change environment’ leading and managing teams to successful outcomes.

Pa Consulting Group

PA have been working at the forefront of Defence and Security for over 70 years delivering exceptional results and lasting impact for our clients.

Defence and security communities face significant challenges and a period of unprecedented transformational change. Rapidly changing operational commitments, programme performance and organisational effectiveness are all on leaders' minds. Emerging threats create ever greater demands, yet budgets are severely constrained. With these challenges comes huge opportunity. New technologies, relationships, ways of working and organisational structures will enable defence and security organisations to meet, and beat, the expectations placed upon them.

Our services focus across three key areas:
Technology and Innovation:
Product development
Innovation and Technology strategy
Science and Technology development
Business Transformation:
Strategy consulting
Programme transformation
Project assurance
Information Technology:
Business design
Digital solutions


We work closely with our clients to bring them the right team, unconstrained by conventional thinking, to deliver exceptional results with lasting impact.

Workshop programme

9:00 Morning Registration and Coffee

9:30 Data and its Management. Demand Forecasting v Military Risk

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn, Principal Consultant Defence and Security, Pa Consulting Group
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10:10 Modern Support Chain management Solutions (Control Towers, Technology and innovation, industry standard practices)

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn, Principal Consultant Defence and Security, Pa Consulting Group
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10:50 Morning Coffee

11:20 Performance Measurement and management and a culture of continuous improvement

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn, Principal Consultant Defence and Security, Pa Consulting Group
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12:00 Support options – Contracting for capability

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn

Brigadier (Ret'd) Mark Dunn, Principal Consultant Defence and Security, Pa Consulting Group
View Bio

12:40 Closing Remarks and End of Workshop


Andel's Hotel

Stroupeznickeho 21
Prague 15000
Czech Republic

Andel's Hotel

The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left side of the river Vltava, in the modern quarter of 'Andel', andel's by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and 'Andel' metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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