Leading change @ Royal Navy

23 February 2023

4:30 – 6:00pm (GMT)

Central London & virtual



4pm: In-person arrivals

4:30-6pm: Roundtable

6-7pm: Drinks & networking

What does an exponential world mean for the Royal Navy? Why did it feel it needed to change, and what did it learn from industry and academia that informed its much-lauded recent transformation programme? What did it do? And what change has this enabled? What lessons did this 477-year-old, global, no-fail, nuclear-armed organisation learn along the way? And where is it going next? The presentation will cover Strategy, Organisational Change, Innovation, embracing Agility at Corporate-scale, AI, Cloud, Autonomy, digitalisation, empowerment, leadership and more.

Dan Cheesman CBE


Dan Cheesman CBE – Brigadier @ Royal Marines

Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE Royal Marines was the Royal Navy’s inaugural Chief Technology Officer 2019-22 with a remit covering Digital, Autonomy, Lethality and Corporate-scale Agility Transformation across this Β£8Bn global, no-fail, 24/7 organisation. During his time as the RN’s CTO, Dan initiated, led and delivered numerous change programmes including in AI, Cloud, Drones, Military Communications, XR, AM, Modularity, Quantum, Cyber and more. Previously, career highlights have included Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group Royal Marines, Chief of Staff of HQ 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and Company Commands in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently on secondment studying Defence, Change & Technology at the University of Oxford. Dan was awarded MBE on behalf of his team for their service in Sangin, Helmand Province and promoted to CBE for his efforts as the RN CTO. Dan is married to Jo (an Executive Coach) and they have 2 energetic young children. When time allows, the mountains, snow, the sea and motorbikes call.

Sally Bridgeland


πŸ‘‰Β  Sally Bridgeland – Chair/NED @ Impax Asset Management | RSA | Royal London

Hon Group Captain Sally Bridgeland BSc ARCS FIA FRSA

Sally is Chair at Impax Asset Management Group plc, is a non-executive director at insurers Royal London, Pension Insurance Corporation and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, and at Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) Limited, where she chairs its regulated investment company.

Her non-executive portfolio has included roles at the Nuclear Liabilities Fund, NEST Corporation and the Lloyds Bank pension schemes. She was CEO of the BP Pension Scheme in the interesting years of 2007-14 after twenty years with Aon Hewitt working as a pensions consultant and in investment research and innovation.

This meeting is open to Innovation Partnership members and partners. If you are a board member / C-suite / senior leader and wish to apply to join please email hello@innovationpartnership.co.uk