“Working within a function does a great job pulling together communities of interest, linking us into the wider MOD Data Science community and providing opportunities for professional development.”
Engineering Group Information Manager
How long have you worked for DE&S?
I have worked in the MOD for nearly 36 years – and in DE&S since it formed.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in DE&S?
My father worked in Defence for over 35 years and was a member of the Royal Core of Naval Constructors. I grew up going to Navy Days and with the original ambition to be a Royal Marine – unfortunately a serious accident stopped me joining the marines but joining the MOD seemed a very natural second choice.
How have DE&S helped you progress?
What do you like about working in the IM & IT function?
One of the best things about the creation of the functions is that I now have a much clearer professional home. The function has done a great job pulling together communities of interest, linking us into the wider MOD Data Science community and providing opportunities for professional development.
What’s you ambition?
I’m reaching the latter stages of my career – my ambition is focussed on the difference I can make. As much as anything it’s about using my experience to give something back.
What motivates you?
What’s the greatest achievement (in your role) to date?
The work I’ve done in the last year to provide analysis and support to the creation of a new Joint Service Publication (JSP) to improve the management of technical risks.
What are the social benefits of working for DE&S?
There are tangible benefits such as the Defence discount scheme but the best aspect for is SMART working – being able to adapt how, when and where I work to meet my objectives really helps me, as a parent, juggle priorities.