James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). He has served in the military, the civil service and industry before his time inside DE&S, in Operations, Programme Management and consultancy roles.
James is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage by better strategic thinking and innovation, inclusive cultures and, recently, in helping to persuade others that sustainability does not always have to come at a cost to Operational Advantage.
The Future Capabilities Group exists to help explore new capabilities, to inform decision making and to de-risk requirements and technology against the Defence Lines of Development. Increasingly it is using ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group also has a role to encourage and enable better innovation inside DE&S and across the Defence Innovation Eco-system. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, DSTL and central MOD areas such as the DIU and DASA.