Royal Navy (Retd.); Managing Director,
CCL International and Associate Fellow, RUSI
Simon Chelton served in the Royal Navy between 1976 and 2009, as a logistics officer, with service in ships and submarines before shore service which included policy appointments in the Ministry of Defence, Directing Staff roles in senior leadership education at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Defence Leadership and Management Centre, and four years as Defence Attaché in Japan, between 2003 and 2007. A Japanese speaker who has been working with Japan since 1987, Simon is also a graduate of the National Institute for Defence Studies in Tokyo.
From 2009 to 2012 he was Vice President of Corporate and Business Development North East Asia at BAE Systems, and was involved in the creation of new industrial relationships and connections, in support of a strategic initiative to work more closely with Japan. Whilst at BAE Systems, he was also a Director of the UK/Japan 21st Century Group, a top-level bilateral government advisory group.
In 2012, he created a specialist consultancy that works with companies to develop new defence industrial collaboration opportunities emerging between Japan, the UK and other countries beyond the US. He is also, since 2013, an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) based in London, with a focus on Japanese defence and defence industrial policy.
Germany as a Framework Nation for Conventional Submarine Operations
Vice President and Head-Delhi branch,
Indian Maritime Foundation
Commodore Anil Jai Singh took early retirement for the Indian Navy in March 2011 after serving three decades as a submariner which included the command of four submarines and a Fleet ship. He is presently the Vice President of the Indian Maritime Foundation and also has a corporate career.
As a Joint Director of Submarine Acquisition and later Naval Plans in the Naval Headquarters he had a ringside view of the Navy’s submarine acquisition programmes. He was also India’s Defence and Naval Adviser in London from 2006 to 2009. His last appointment was as the Deputy Assistant Chief (Maritime) in the MoD’s Integrated Defence Staff where he was closely associated with promoting private sector participation and indigenization in defence manufacturing and some of his initiatives are now coming to fruition.
A specialist in ASW from the former Soviet Union, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Staff College and the Naval War College and holds a Post-graduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. He also co-chairs the National Defence and Aerospace Committee of a leading industry association in India.
He takes keen interest in matters maritime and has spoken and written on the subject frequently in India and abroad.
Commodore Mike Wainhouse
Royal Navy Command HQ
Commodore Mike Wainhouse is a career Naval warfare officer. He has commanded 3 warships, served ashore on operations in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and had roles in the Ops Directorate of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), J3 in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Northwood and Naval Command HQ (NCHQ) in Portsmouth, England.
As a Commodore he has served as the Deputy Commandant of the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College, the Head of Futures and Strategy at the MOD’s independent ‘think tank’, the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) and he is currently the Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) in NCHQ.
He attended the UK’s Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) in 2014 and the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in 2017.
Commodore Paul Hornsby
Autonomous Systems Lead and Director Autonomous Warrior 2018,
Royal Australian Navy
Rear Admiral Ulrich Reineke
Director, Plans and Policy,
German Navy HQ
Morning break and networking
The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle: An Alternative for the SSK or a Valuable Addition?
Research Associate, Advanced Robotics Centre,
National University of Singapore
Eng Wei was the founding member of the Bumblebee Autonomous Systems project team based in the National University of Singapore. He has since been with the team designing and developing Autonomous ROV type vehicles and led the team through three generations of AUV design and two generations of Autonomous Surface Vessel development. He has participated in various international Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Autonomous Surface Vessel competitions and has won various awards. Today he is currently working as a Research Associate at the Advanced Robotics Centre furthering industry research on Autonomous Vehicles for Ground, Marine Surface and Underwater, developing applications for the industry. Prior to this, he was serving with the Singapore Armed Forces as a combat officer and rotated several operational and strategic appointments.
Buried Object Detection with Swarm Operating mode AUVs : BODAMM