Management team

By working together we can utilise our strengths, exploit opportunities, mitigate risk and overcome the inevitable challenges far more effectively.

The Alliance Leadership Board

The Alliance Leadership Board (ALB) provides governance of the Alliance on behalf of the parties. It provides a forum for joint review of the Alliance Managing Director’s delivery against the overall Dreadnought Programme and for resolution of any disputes between the parties.

The ALB has a representative from each of the three parties that are accountable in their own organisations for the Dreadnought Programme and other related programmes.

It is led by an Independent Chair, Sir Peter Gershon.

The Alliance Managing Director, Julie Morris OBE, leads an Alliance Management Committee responsible for driving delivery of the Programme to performance, time and cost, holding the three supplier organisations (SDA, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce) to account for delivery of their work scope.

Meet the board

Sir Peter Gershon, Independent Chairman

Sir Peter Gershon is Chairman of Dreadnought Alliance. He is also Chairman of enfinium Group Limited, Join Dementia Research, a Trustee of The Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation, and sits on the Board of The Investor Forum.

Educated at Reigate Grammar School and Churchill College, Cambridge, Sir Peter is a British businessman and former civil servant. He was Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance from 2014 to 2019, National Grid plc between 2012 and 2021, and Tate & Lyle plc from 2009 until 2017

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has held senior executive positions in the UK computer, telecommunications and defence industries, as well as being the first Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce.

In 2003/2004, Sir Peter, at the request of the Prime Minister and Chancellor, led a major review of efficiency in the UK public sector which recommended significant savings.

Sir Peter was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to the defence industry and was knighted in 2004 for his work on public procurement. In 2016 he won the FTSE100 Non-Executive Director of the year award. He is married with three children and six grandchildren.

Julie Morris OBE, Dreadnought Alliance Managing Director

Julie joined the Ministry of Defence in August 1987 after training to become a Chartered Accountant.

The early years were spent working at the MOD Base Ordnance Depot in Bicester, Oxfordshire delivering Information Systems and Services to the Army. She undertook roles in the finance and commercial functions until finding her niche in Project Management where she led the development and implementation of a number of IT projects.

She has enjoyed a broad portfolio of roles such as the Commercial Policy Advisor for MOD Abbey Wood, the Project Controls Manager for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) – armoured fighting vehicle replacement programme, and a Programme Management Consultant working for a small team which was set up to address critical deficiencies in Defence Equipment and Support teams.

She then moved to a role in Production Submarines (Astute) and worked in the development of a Strategic Supplier Management approach for BAE Systems.

In October 2013 she became the Head of Submarine Production and led the team through the negotiation of whole-boat contracts for boats 5 and 6, and successfully delivered the third Astute platform to the Royal Navy. She continued to drive improved performance across the remaining platforms, in particular the nuclear reactor critical path, working closely with industry and MOD colleagues to optimise Portfolio delivery.

In September 2017 Julie assumed the role of Head of the Dreadnought Programme and in April 2018 she took up her new role as the Dreadnought Alliance Managing Director.

Steve Timms, Managing Director, BAE Submarines

Steve joined BAE Submarines in March 2021, following the retirement of Cliff Robson, after handing over his previous role of Managing Director at the Naval Ships business. He has a wealth of programme and leadership experience that is well suited to leading the Submarines business.

Steve has held a number of senior positions within BAE Systems, notably as the Managing Director responsible for the international Hawk programme and the Defence Information business, and Manufacturing Director as part of the CTO organisation.

Dr Timothy Sheldon, Director of Submarine Acquisition, Submarine Delivery Agency

Dr Timothy Sheldon, Director of Submarine Acquisition, Submarine Delivery Agency

Dr Sheldon joined the MoD as part of the Defence Engineering and Science Group Fast Track Stream, following a sponsored degree in Chemistry at Edinburgh University in 1993 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Oxford University in 1996. His initial appointments were in the MoD Procurement Executive, MoD Centre and the Defence Engineering and Research Agency (DERA).

These were followed by a 2-year project management post at the Defence Procurement Agency, leading the tri-service Dismounted Close Combat Trainer Project. Promoted in 2001, he subsequently joined the Defence Fixed Networks (DFN) Integrated Project Team (IPT) at the Defence Communications Services Agency (DCSA) based in Corsham.

Initially he was responsible for the provision of mobility and overseas fixed telephony services, however he latterly led a team to renegotiate and extend the length of the £1.5Bn Defence Fixed Telecommunication Services (DFTS) programme.

In April 2004 he moved to become the Assistant Director with lead responsibility for implementing the DCSA change programme, where he shaped and programme managed the delivery of significant improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of Defence Communication and IT services.

Steve Carlier, President Submarines, Rolls-Royce Defence

Steve joined Rolls-Royce in 1988 and, after a brief spell in its NEI subsidiary, has spent the rest of his career in the Submarines business. He has undertaken a broad variety of roles across Engineering, Manufacturing, Finance, Programme Management and Commercial functions.

Notable roles include leading the Astute and Dreadnought Class programmes for Rolls-Royce, a tenure as Commercial & Programmes Director and latterly, an extended time as Operations Director where Steve lead Rolls-Royce Submarine Limited’s operating businesses and functions comprising some 1,500 people at the Submarines business headquarters at Raynesway in Derby. The latter role subsequently being restructured to incorporate programme leadership of Submarine acquisition programmes and attendant support at the shipbuilder.

In January 2022 Steve was appointed as the President of the Rolls-Royce Submarines business and is part of the Defence Leadership Team for Rolls-Royce.