Capability and Delivery Director, 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.

Capability and Delivery Director, Dstl

The Capability and Delivery Director:

  • delivers science and technology outputs to customers, ensuring that individual products and programmes deliver benefits and quality outputs to cost and time
  • exploits S&T investment
  • develops critical defence and security capabilities, drawing on internal capability and facilities, partners in other Government laboratories in the UK and overseas, and in industry and academia

Previous roles in government

  1. Acting Chief Executive, Dstl

    • 2017 to 2017
  2. Capability and Delivery Director, Dstl

    • 2016 to 2017