Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, a former member of the Defence Infrastructure Board, left the army in December 2012. Three months later he landed a job with Capita Defence Services as a non-executive director. The company is leading one of three consortia shortlisted for the £400m contract to run the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which manages a budget of billions, and thousands of Ministry of Defence properties.
Telereal Trillium, leading one of the other consortia being considered for the contract, appointed Lt Gen Sir Gary Coward, former Commander (Land), Defence Equipment and Support, as an adviser last June – eight months after he had left the Army. The role “would involve advising the industry team in bidding and negotiating to become the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s strategic business partner.”