Elisabeth Astall

Elisabeth Astall joined Dstl as a non-executive director in September 2009. She is a former senior executive at Accenture, where she spent 27 years in director positions across the business, including:

  • Managing Director (MD) for Public Service in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America
  • UK MD across all private and public sector work
  • Global MD of Accenture’s Strategic Services business in government

She is a Non-Executive Director for UK Sport and is on the Board of Digital Jersey. She is a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation and Chairman of the PPR Foundation, a brain tumour trust.

Gerard Connell

Gerard Connell was appointed to the Dstl board in October 2011. He spent a career in executive positions in the City, including:

  • Group Finance Director and Managing Director (Western Europe), Wincanton plc
  • Managing Director, Bankers Trust Company
  • Regional Director, Hill Samuel Western Bank

He is the Senior Independent Director and Chair of Audit at Pennon Group plc, an independent director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Fund Company Ltd, a non-executive director of the Land Registry and a council member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. He is also a governor of King’s College School, Wimbledon.

Sir David Grant CBE

Sir David Grant was appointed to the Dstl board in June 2012. During his career, he held leadership roles in the electronics, telecommunications, aerospace and defence sectors, including:

  • Technical Director, General Electric Company
  • Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University
  • Vice-President, Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Vice-President, Royal Academy of Engineering

He is Chair of STEMNET, a charity that works with schools to encourage youngsters to choose a science, technology, engineering and mathematics career; a Senior Independent Director of Renishaw plc; and a Senior Independent Director of IQE plc. In 1997 he was made a CBE for his leadership and contribution to the UK Foresight Programme. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1997 and elected an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 2000. In 2016, he received a knighthood for his outstanding contribution to engineering, technology and education.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was appointed to the Dstl board in June 2012 having spent a career working in higher education. She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton. She has served on several government committees looking at science in education.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a former president of the British Computer Society. She is also a former Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a former President of the Association of Computing Machinery.

She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2009.

​Mark Preston

Mark Preston was appointed to the Dstl Board in May 2016. He is the Director of Commissioning Services in MOD, with responsibility for driving a wide portfolio of functional, organisational, and governance change across Defence.

Previous to that role, he was the Acting Director General in MOD for the Head Office and Commissioning Services and MOD Director of Security and Resilience, which encompassed the role of Departmental Security Officer for MOD and the Armed Forces.