Eurodefense Network
Eurodéfense-United Kingdom

Eurodéfense-United Kingdom

Date of creation : 1996

President: John Howe CB, OBE

Secretary-general : Robin Ashby

Email : robin.ashby@ukdf.org.uk

The President

After leaving Balliol College, Oxford, John joined the UK Ministry of Defence. Among his roles was Counsellor in UK delegation to NATO; founding the MOD Arms Control Unit; being Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary; and Deputy Chief of Defence Procurement. He left the MOD in 2000 to join Thales UK, serving as Vice Chairman 2002-9 and since then has been a member of Thales UK Advisory Board. His other roles have included Chairing the Bonnart Trust, a human rights charity; Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute; Trustee of the charity Map Action; and membership of Durham University Business School Advisory Board.

The Secretary General

A qualified engineer, Robin built his business to become one of the leading advisers to multinational defence companies in the UK market. He founded the U K Defence Forum in 1996 as a non-partisan, not for profit organisation which encourages understanding of defence issues by UK parliamentarians. He supports the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Defence and Security; curates a leading defence blog www.defenceviewpoints.co.uk ; and edits Distant Voices, which encourages people around the world to recall the experiences of their forebears in the conflicts of the 20th century.