Acting Chief Executive, Dstl

David Marsh


David has been with MOD for 25 years and has held previous appointments in a range of major project, programme and operational delivery leadership roles. He has wider responsibilities as the MOD Head of Profession for Portfolio, Programme and Project Management and the MOD champion for Sustainable Development.

David graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with an honours degree in Applied Chemistry and was awarded his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1990. He worked in the electronics industry for a year before joining the MOD as a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon, Plymouth. In 1994 David joined the MOD Fast Stream Development Scheme for scientists and engineers. He subsequently undertook postings in London covering business management, procurement, environmental policy and research management, before moving to Bristol in 1999.

Acting Chief Executive, Dstl

With direct line responsibility for members of the Executive team, the CE leads Dstl as a Trading Fund, delivering value-for-money science and technology-based support and advice to customers. This includes getting the best out of suppliers and partners, and balancing short-term delivery with long-term capability.

The CE role is ultimately responsible for ensuring:

  • the financial viability of Dstl
  • that customers are satisfied
  • that Dstl’s staff are suitably engaged and rewarded for their contributions

Previous roles in government

  1. Capability and Delivery Director, Dstl

    • 2016 to 2017