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Chief of Staff of Dstl’s New Exploration Division Joins the Ploughshare Board

Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer office for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director to its board.

Ploughshare is pleased to welcome Rebecca Saunders Jones to its board. Rebecca is the Chief of Staff to the Division Head of Dstl’s new Exploration Division and brings expertise in strategic development, business operations and organisational change.

Simon Devonshire, Chairman of Ploughshare Innovations, on welcoming Rebecca said:

“The UK Government invests billions of pounds in scientific research. Ploughshare helps identify and deploy innovations to benefit society and our customers most. Given Becca’s extensive career and leadership at Dstl, we look forward to harnessing her expertise to maximise that positive impact.”

Rebecca, who has a technical background in Human and Social Science, spent the first part of her career providing advice to defence and security customers on the design of military vehicles.

Since joining Dstl 13 years ago, she has followed a career in leading people and capabilities, and initiating organisational change programmes. The strategic direction aspect of her role has seen her have a leading responsibility in establishing Dstl’s Exploration Division, which aims to bring organisations together to identify, assess and promote novel technology, concepts, systems and strategy for defence and security.

Rebecca, who is passionate about unlocking the potential in other people and organisations, said:

“Ploughshare Innovations is embarking on a new strategic direction and I am thrilled to be part of the team that will truly unlock the potential of this business. Ploughshare is a hub for fantastic defence and security innovations that can benefit wider society, and I am looking forward to using my knowledge and networks to ultimately get the best scientific discoveries into mass adoption.”

Rebecca was appointed to the Ploughshare board in February 2021.

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