What is the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)?

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) plays a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces by building, maintaining and servicing the infrastructure needed to support defence.

Who are DIO?

DIO is led by the Chief Executive, who is supported by an Executive Management Team comprising:

  • TMP Chief of Staff ;
  • Head Business Assurance & Risk;
  • Director of Estate Optimisation;
  • Director of Strategy & Planning;
  • Chief Finance Officer;
  • Commercial Director;
  • Chief Operating Officer;
  • Director of Project & Programme Delivery;
  • Director of Service Delivery;
  • Director of Data Analytics & Insight;
  • Director of Transformation & Change; and
  • Head of Strategic Stakeholder Engagement & Communications.

Responsibilities of DIO

DIO are responsible for enabling defence people to live, work, train and deploy at home and overseas. Their vision is to equip defence with a significantly smaller, more efficient, better quality estate.

What are the Priorities of DIO?

DIO’s Strategic Objectives are:

  1. To maintain and sustain a safe, sustainable and secure estate.
  2. To lead the development and drive the implementation of Defence Estates Optimisation to provide a smaller and more efficient estate, enabling Defence to achieve Government housing and disposal targets in this Parliament.
  3. To improve delivery performance as well as ‘user’ experience. In particular, to ensure sustainable improvements in service from DIO’s primary industry partners along with delivery of its capital projects and programmes within agreed cost, quality and time schedules.
  4. Build a culture of professionalism, continuous improvement, effective engagement and high performance by creating an exciting and challenging working environment.
  5. Refresh the DIO transformation strategy.

What are the Current DIO Procurement Activities?

  • The Clyde Programme: Involves a range of new-build projects, for example accommodation and training facilities, as well as nuclear infrastructure refurbishment.
  • Army Basing: A joint Army and DIO programme which sets out location changes for the Army and confirms the draw-down of all units from Germany by 2020.
  • Project HESTA: This programme aims to consolidate Soft facilities management (FM) services into seven regional contracts, each in their own right a project with a core set of standardised Soft FM services to defence sites within the UK. For example: catering; cleaning and associated services; waste management; and hotel and mess services.
  • Defence Estates Optimisation: The aim of this is to set out where investment will be concentrated and where sites will be sold to deliver a significantly smaller estate which is more efficient and better enables military capability.
  • Future Procurement Group (FPG) – Future Overseas Procurement (FOP): FOP is is an initiative aimed at the provision of resilient, flexible and agile infrastructure support service capability across UK Defence’s overseas estate. Infrastructure support in this context includes hard FM,  soft FM, training area support, capital works projects, accommodation and stores management.
  • FPG – Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS): FDIS will consider the future delivery of FM across the UK to the single Services and wider Defence community to maintain and support the development of operational capability.
  • FPG – Unarmed Guarding Project (UGP): UGP is an initiative aimed at fully exploring and developing options for maximising MOD Guard Service (MGS) value for money in the provision of its service delivery to MOD.


Doing Business with Defence Handbook. Edition 24 (2018).


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