Our governance

Defence Board

The Defence Board is chaired by the Secretary of State and is responsible for top level leadership and management across defence. The Defence Board is the highest committee in the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for the full range of defence business, other than the conduct of operations.

The Defence Board is responsible for of the Defence Vision, which is: ‘To defend the United Kingdom and its interests, strengthen international peace and stability, and act as a force for good in the world’. In order to achieve this vision the Defence Board is responsible for pursuing 3 high level departmental objectives, namely:

  • achieve success in the military tasks we undertake, at home and abroad
  • be ready to respond to tasks that might arise
  • build for the future

In pursuit of these high level objectives the Defence Board’s core tasks are:

  • to help define and articulate the department’s strategic direction, and provide a clear vision and set of values for defence
  • to establish the main priorities and defence capabilities needed to achieve the strategy
  • to ensure that defence priorities and tasks are appropriately resourced
  • to manage corporate performance and resources in-year to achieve the required results

The members of the Defence Board are:

Defence Council

The Defence Council is the senior departmental committee. It is chaired by the Secretary of State, and comprises the other ministers, the Permanent Under Secretary, the Chief of Defence Staff and senior service officers and senior officials who head the armed services and the department’s major corporate functions. It provides the formal legal basis for the conduct of defence in the UK through a range of powers vested in it by statute and Letters Patent.

The members of the Defence Council are:

Defence Suppliers Forum

The Defence Suppliers Forum is the major conduit for MOD-industry relationships. It is chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence and includes representatives from prime contractors, international companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This allows for a broad, representative and productive focus for interaction between the MOD and industry. It is complemented by a dedicated SME Forum, chaired by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology which has proved successful at establishing a dialogue with these important suppliers.

In addition to the members listed below, attendees include representatives from other government departments and industry.

The members of Defence Suppliers Forum include:

Defence Suppliers Forum: meeting minutes

DSF Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Sub Forum: meeting minutes

DSF Mid-Tier Group: meeting minutes

DSF Joint Mid-Tier Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Sub Groups: meeting minutes

Defence Suppliers Forum: Exports Sub Group

MOD Police Committee

Section 1(5) of the Ministry of Defence Police Act (1987) requires the Secretary of State to appoint a Police Committee to advise him on matters concerning the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP), and to provide scrutiny and assurance that constabulary powers are being exercised lawfully.

The Committee is a member of the Association of Police Authorities (APA), and mirrors Police Authority best practice where possible and appropriate.

Despite recent legislation, which proposes to replace Police Authorities with Police and Crime Commissioners, the Police Committee will continue to perform its role largely unchanged for the foreseeable future.

MOD Police Defence Committee meeting minutes

If you have any queries for the MOD Police committee you can email the Police Committee Clerk at dbr-defsy-policingpol1@mod.uk or you can telephone 020 7807 8245.

Alternatively you can write to:

Police Committee Clerk
Ministry of Defence
Main Building 01.I.48