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Jeff Portlock - ISR Team Leader

Jeff is a high-achieving senior leader, with a sustained record of successful strategic planning, operational delivery and change leadership. He has over 30 years of military experience as a Royal Air Force officer, leaving in 2016 as an Air Commodore; he is atypically experienced across all domains of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operational aviation and command, capability procurement, programme delivery, policy development and strategic management.

Having commanded at Squadron, Station, Deployed Operating Base and Force levels, including command of the UK’s ISR Force, Jeff joined 3SDL as Head of ISR in May 2017. 

A graduate of the UK’s Higher Command and Staff Course, Jeff holds a MA in Defence and International Relations and is currently studying within the Institute of Directors programme.

He has a wealth of ISR operational experience, both in the air and on the ground. Jeff’s career included 10 years and over 4000 flying hours on both NATO’s and the RAF’s Airborne Early Warning E3 aircraft on operations in Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan. He ran the UK’s ISR Test & Evaluation Squadron, and commanded the UK’s Air Defence Ground Environment (2010-12) across 10 geographically-dispersed sites, responsible for the continuous, assured and recognised air picture over the UK through complex integrated radars and mission systems - culminating in the complicated, yet highly successful, 2012 Olympic airspace control plan.

Jeff commanded Camp Bastion in Afghanistan (2012) gaining extensive experience working at the senior levels of multi-national Coalition operations. Jeff then ran the UK’s ISR Force (2013-15), leading a Whole Force team of 3500 personnel delivering critical capability to continuous operations in the Middle East and Africa, through 7 Front-Line squadrons operating 5 different aircraft types, including Rivet Joint, Sentinel, Reaper and Shadow.

Jeff’s last military appointment was as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Air Staffs (2016), running the Air Command Headquarters responsible for top-level risk management, optimising RAF output and direct support to the Air Force Board.