Neil Stansfield

Head of Resilience and Security
National Physical Laboratory

Neil Stansfield is Head of Strategy, Head of Digital Technologies, and Head of Security and Resilience programmes at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Neil is responsible for identifying and harnessing emerging and disruptive technologies in the Digital Sector, including quantum technologies, AI, autonomy, and future comms. Neil works across the Government agenda, in collaboration with industry and academia. This takes account of a wider view on HMG priorities, setting National strategy for understanding the implications of digital technologies on UK societal and economic priorities. In addition Neil leads on driving innovation programmes to exploit technology for societal advantage and wealth creation.

Prior to this, Neil has spent twenty five years in a range of senior defence and security policy, strategy, and science and technology roles, working across Government and the private sector, nationally and internationally. Areas of responsibility have included chemical and biological defence, arms control, ballistic missile defence, MoD’s maritime S&T programme, and as Deputy Director in the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism

In 2007 Neil had the privilege of spending a year at the Royal College of Defence Studies, MoD’s most senior leadership development programme. From 2012 until joining NPL Neil led innovation for MoD and the wider National Security infrastructure.

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