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Steven Reilly

Steven Reilly

Innovation Champions Network Chair, UK MoD

Steve is an experienced weapons engineering submariner with a specialisation in communications and electronics warfare, having spent 23 years in the RN. Serving in a wide variety of roles including deployments on both Trafalgar and Vanguard Class Submarines as well as supporting shore maintenance activities and instructional duties at the Royal Navy Submarine School.

Having completed the inaugural Percy Hobart Fellowship in 2019, a 3 month deep dive into start-up culture in the style of a mini-MBA programme, he brought his enthusiasm for innovation back to HMNB Clyde where he is currently helping to run and develop the HMNB Clyde Innovation Cell, which aims to accelerate the uptake of new technology to support the Submarine Enterprise.

In addition to this Steve is a co-founder and the first chairperson of the Defence Innovation Champions Network a whole defence network aimed at empowering innovation efforts across the forces, launching in September 2022 the network has scaled to just over 700 members and provides training, support and events all geared at ensuring our personnel are able to connect, collaborate and create new solutions that give us an edge over our peer adversaries.

Steve has a keen interest in environmental issues and the potential for modern technology to resolve them which saw him complete a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management and Technology via the Open University in 2020 and is now continuing his studies via a Global MBA with Warwick business school which he started in Jan 23 on a Change Maker scholarship.

In his spare time Steve is a keen Scottish Rugby fan, and enjoys nothing more than relaxing with a good book and shares his home in rural Stirlingshire with his long suffering and patient wife Julie, a highly energetic springer spaniel StanLee and an occasionally regal Bengal cat Nala.