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Allan Webb Awarded New Zealand Defence Force ILS Framework Enhancement Contract


Allan Webb Ltd are pleased to announce the award of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Framework Enhancement contract. The project involves design, build and delivery of the framework, including training design and delivery to the New Zealand Defence Force staff and stakeholders.

Allan Webb will be working with the New Zealand Defence Force in Wellington, New Zealand, developing policy guidance to support the NZDF in being an exemplar in defence capability management. This will include the processes and procedures necessary to tailor ILS solutions in order to support equipment through life and achieve optimum whole of life costs.

The enhanced framework will support NZDF with a whole of life approach that ensures supportability is built into equipment design and ILS packages that can be tailored and implemented appropriately; thus ensuring that equipment procured for use by the New Zealand armed forces is functional, reliable and cost effective.

Steve Rigsby, Managing Director for Allan Webb Ltd, commented: “As industry experts in ILS and supportability engineering, Allan Webb have vast experience in contributing to ILS policy, as well as using it in practice to support and deliver ILS and supportability engineering projects internationally. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Defence Force in developing their framework in what is to be an exciting and highly important undertaking”.

The combination of all of the support elements to be put in place by Allan Webb and the NZDF will result in defence programmes that are able to operate at maximum efficiency and allow staff and stakeholders to act with confidence. Allan Webb will deliver policy that addresses all implications of the ILS process from whole of life cost optimisation to safety and environmental aspects, as well as compliance with wider policy and legislation.

The resulting enhanced ILS framework seeks to benefit tri-service equipment and programme sponsors, end users and the wider defence industry; with the needs of these broader groups being encapsulated within the policy, processes and procedures engineered by Allan Webb and the NZDF.

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Ken Lindsay retires


Ken Lindsay, who worked with us in Technical Publications for 11 years, retires.

Ken left the Royal Navy in 1995 to work in the technical publications and training sector, providing services to clients in a wide range of commercial and defence related industries and joined Allan Webb in 2007. As our Technical Publications Manager, Ken has been firmly focused on customer service and was instrumental in assembling a team of technical authors and illustrators who are committed to exceeding customer expectations.

Managing Director, Steve Rigsby says: “Ken has been invaluable in leading and managing our rapidly growing technical publications and embracing the challenges that come with tackling new sectors and opportunities. We’re grateful for all his hard work and wish him a well-deserved retirement’.

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Katie’s a Whole New Kind of Land Girl


Allan Webb Ltd has appointed Katie Renton to head up its Land division, looking after the capability delivery to land defence.

Katie proudly served in the Royal Air Force for 10 years, starting her working life as an RAF Avionics Engineer. Her career in the RAF gave her an excellent grounding and opportunities for further study in the subjects that came to really fascinate her: business and logistics. She went on to study Business, Project and Programme Management and strategic supportability management, accruing a great deal of experience in the fields of logistics, obsolescence management and through life support. Moving to the MoD, she worked her way up to Chief of Through Life Support on the Operational Support Programme, overseeing three programmes that looked after all land vehicles and deployed infrastructure.

She left the MoD to work as a Principal Consultant for BMT Asset Performance consultancy in Bath, delivering a number of projects, acting as the lead for Land key account management and as capability head for support and supply chain.

When the opportunity arose to work for Allan Webb she jumped at it: “I like their ethics and they’re a nice group of people to work with. There’s quite a ‘family’ feel to working here which is very appealing – that said, I’m still looking forward to helping the company to grow!”

Trained on supportability engineering by Allan Webb’s Stephen Hunt, 10 years ago, she credits him with starting her off on her second career as the subject interested her so much. She was also the capability head for obsolescence at BMT, so has skills in some of the services that Allan Webb already offer but is interested in taking a more strategic view in order to increase efficiencies and reduce some of the ‘hidden’ costs for customers: “If we can get involved at an early stage, we can ensure plans are in place and enacted for the long term, spares will continue to be made and costs will not escalate unexpectedly. Some of the MOD’s vehicles have an expected life of 25 years and keeping them running for that long can get expensive if essential parts become difficult to source.”

Inspired by her ‘phenomenal’ mother, who overcame a number of obstacles to forge a career and run a busy and demanding household, Katie is a fierce advocate for women in engineering and for good quality apprenticeships in general.

She very interested in getting children inspired by engineering and STEM subjects and encouraging diversity into engineering, a sector which she feels presents so many opportunities and is far broader than many people appreciate.

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Allan Webb Invests in Training


Allan Webb was delighted to welcome David George, Training Centre Manager/Training Consultant, from Explosive Solutions (ELS) to our Stonehouse office this week to complete our second Project Management course of the past 6 months.

As part of our ongoing commitment to personal development and company growth, all of Allan Webb’s Managers are Association of Project Management (APM) foundation qualified. We take great pride in offering opportunities for our junior team members who have also completed this course.

APM qualifications are recognised globally and demonstrate to clients and suppliers that our staff are skilled and committed project professionals.

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The team gets active for Sport Relief


Our team decided to get active for the Sport Relief challenge this year, dressing up for a six-a-side football match in aid of the charity event. While it may have made it tricky to take the match seriously, it certainly got everybody, from Count Dracula to the Easter Bunny, up and moving. In a game that raised their heart rates, they also raised a laugh and £258.11 for Sport Relief – thanks to all who took part (Jordan, Rory, Luke, Ryan, James, Darren, Phil, Jack, Mark F, Kyle, Mark D, Rich, Isaac) and to those who donated. The final score was 8-5 to the animals and banana!

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