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Lenny Brown MBE MA FRAeS

Lenny Brown (ex-Brigadier Royal Marines) attended Staffordshire University and thereafter joined the Royal Marines in 1992, passing out of Commando Training in 1993.

He holds a specialist qualification as a helicopter pilot and has flown six types of front-line aircraft including the Cobra Attack Helicopter whilst on exchange with the United States Marine Corps. Combat operations have included: Northern Ireland, Bosnia, East Timor, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as over 7 years embarked in various UK and foreign Navy ships. He has operated in every extreme environment across the globe including the Arctic.

He has been privileged to command numerous aviation, land and maritime units throughout his career, the most recent being the Commando Helicopter Force. On the staff he has worked in MoD, PJHQ, NCHQ, JHC and DCDC spanning roles including: capability development and acquisition, operational risk management, transformation, policy/strategy formulation and assurance, amongst others.

His last role in uniform was the Head of Futures and Strategic Analysis in the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre. After 29 years’ service, he left the Royal Marines and is now the Head of Defence Business at AIRBUS Helicopters UK and is also a Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe.