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Encouraging Diversity - An audience with Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff 

First Sea Lord

Women in Defence UK recently held a highly successful event in association with PA Consulting, where Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, was interviewed by PA’s Angela Owen and Kate Rooke about Horizon 50, the Royal Navy’s new diversity initiative.

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.

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