Bernard Gray was appointed Chief of Defence Materiel for the MOD in January 2011. He has a 20-year association with defence issues and is the author of the Review of acquisition, prepared for the then Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton in 2009.
Educated as a chemist, Bernard began his early career with the Atomic Energy Authority. He was defence correspondent for the Financial Times from 1994 to 1997 and Special Adviser to George Robertson, Secretary of State for Defence from 1997 to 1999.
Chief of Defence Materiel
The Chief of Defence Materiel is the head of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and reports to the Permanent Under Secretary (PUS). He or she is a member of the Defence Council, the Defence Board and the Investment Approvals Committee. He or she is also the Process Owner for the logistics process and has overall responsibility for the Defence Commercial function.
The Chief of Defence Materiel is the UK’s National Armaments Director and the Top Level Budget (TLB) holder for the DE&S TLB, with responsibility for:
providing equipment and logistic support to current operations, including delivery against urgent operational requirements
delivering funded equipment acquisition and support outputs, as agreed with Front Line Commands and the Head Office
delivering projects to performance, time and cost targets, in accordance with agreed asset delivery plans
managing safety, risk and environmental issues in accordance with mandated requirements and appropriate best practice
representing UK interests in international military and political fora, including NATO and the EU