Des Balmforth is Head of Procurement for Selex ES, a leading Defence company. Des has a breadth of experience with a background in Programme Management over a wide range of defence products, customers and cultures.
He has a keen interest in understanding how the people management and leadership aspects of management contribute to business success and is currently leading a programme of change in procurement and supplier strategy and policy in order to improve operational effectiveness and value. Recently he was programme manager for the development of the radar for the Swedish Gripen NG fighter, a large collaborative venture between Selex ES and the Aeronautics and Radar divisions of SAAB.
Des graduated with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde in 1997 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management and this combination of finance and engineering has proven invaluable in business. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Association of Project Managers.
Des lives in Edinburgh and is married with 2 children. His main interest is sailing, racing at local level in the Clyde as well as enjoying extensive family cruising holidays around the west coast of Scotland. Windsurfing, cycling and snowboarding are also favourites.
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