Elizabeth is a principal engineer with significant successful delivery experience in a portfolio, programme and project (P3) system within the defence environment. A career civil servant she has worked across the Ministry of Defence, starting as an engineering apprentice and working up to her current role as Head of Science and Technology Portfolio for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). She has a proven track record of leading programme, project and technical professionals to successful outcomes. In a career that has spanned all the defence environments, she has delivered innovative solutions that focus on a whole system approach. Elizabeth is passionate about drawing in the best ideas to defence and ensuring that there are easy ways for the supplier base to interact with Dstl. As a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology she is keen to develop the next generation and enjoys mentoring. Married with grown up children spare time is focussed on two beautiful Labradors who keep her fit and active and on a number of craft based hobbies.