The Revolving Door: from the Ministry of Defence to an aerospace and defence technology company

Senior civil servants and government ministers move into business – overseen by ACOBA

revolving_doorAndrew Tyler, the British Defence Ministry’s former procurement chief, directed a wide portfolio of projects in the Defence Procurement Agency, including the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, Type 45 destroyer, armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and munitions projects, and the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

He was also responsible for directing the procurement and support of all the Royal Navy’s surface assets, during his five year period at the MoD.


andrew tylerIn 2008 he became chief operating officer of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), responsible for the procurement and support of all the equipment used by the British Armed Forces and was said to be ‘highly regarded’ despite the poor record of DE&S which minister Philip Hammond said, in 2012, was not giving value for money. This had added “significant additional costs to the defence budget of the order of hundreds of millions of pounds each year”. Privatisation is being considered.


Siemens’ Marine Current Turbines unit appointed Andrew Tyler as acting CEO in 2011 but in 2012 he resigned and has now become the chief executive of Northrop Grumman’s UK and European operations. Northrop Grumman is a large American global aerospace and defence technology company.

The movement of senior civil servants and government ministers into business roles is overseen by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA).

A Transparency International UK report published in May 2011, called for ACOBA to be replaced by a statutory body with greater powers to regulate the post-public employment of former ministers and crown servants.

Posted on May 5, 2013, in Civil servants, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Lobbying, Revolving door, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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