Technology was a core theme throughout the 40-strong speaker programme at the second Defence and Security Expo, (3CDSE) this year held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern to accommodate an increased number of exhibitors.

With over 1,000 delegates and over 100 exhibitors - twice that of last year - the event looks set to become a regular fixture as it attracted visitors nationwide and internationally.

Deputy District Judge Richard Morgan, Head of Defence, Security and Forces at Harrison Clark Rickerbys where he is a Partner said: “It has been an honour to fulfil our Military Corporate Covenant by leading this event for the armed services and police, and the industries that support them.

“With significant offices in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire and numerous personnel with military backgrounds and connections, we are, as a firm, at the very heart of the UK’s defence and security innovation capability and grateful for the opportunity to give something back to those who protect our national security.”

Expert speakers from the fields of military, law enforcement and the defence and security industry included Richard Newbould of Vodafone who spoke about the Internet of Things and Mivy James of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence who presented a compelling story about data privacy, artificial intelligence and consumer wearable tech.

3CDSE was run in partnership with The Manufacturers’ Organisation (EEF) and its dedicated defence sub-group, National Defence Industries (NDI), together with local business groups and government bodies which included Hereford Enterprise Zone/Skylon Park and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Warwickshire-based Intrepid Minds showcased its manta ray-shaped underwater drone which provides covert monitoring for up to six months.