During the interview the Admiral revealed how the initiative, designed to optimise the Naval Service’s access to all of the available talent in the UK workforce, aims to go beyond short-term target chasing and to fundamentally change the attitudes and behaviors within the Royal Navy. This initiative has been agreed by the Navy Board and an implementation plan is being developed.
The Admiral spoke about the importance of increasing gender diversity in the technical branches and the linkage between diversity in the workforce and the imperative for defence. He encouraged women to look at the offer and exhorted the Navy to have courage in pursuing the vision of an organisation that has embedded consistently inclusive behaviors and language and is recruiting a greater proportion of women.
After the interview, Angela Owen facilitated a Q&A session from the audience and the Admiral networked with guests across the defence community. This event welcomed over 60 guests to PA Consulting's office in London Victoria and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for Women in Defence.