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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
8 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 DEPUTY DIRECTOR NAVY CATEGORY MANAGEMENT (MARITIME LOGISTICS AND HEALTH) CMDR CRAIG OPIE, RAN DDNCM -- Maritime Logistics Category Management Firstly, on behalf of the Maritime Logistics Community, I would like to extend to my immediate predecessor, CMDR Grahame Falls, RAN, an expression of appreciation for maintaining a safe and steady hand on the Maritime Logistics Community tiller during his watch. Apart from keeping on top of the range of responsibilities attached to this position for Categories and Primary Qualifications (PQ) in Navy other than the Maritime Logistics Branch (Health, Legal, Training Systems, Management Executive, Chaplains, Band, OPLOG, and Public Relations), Grahame's key challenge in the Maritime Logistics space was to shape the development of the Project DEMETER project plan in order to ensure intended outcomes will meet the strategic intent. Working closely with the DEMETER Project Officer (LCDR Amy Blacker, RANR) in this regard, Grahame's success is borne out by the fact that the Project was approved to proceed to Phase III by the Steering Group (chaired by DCN with DGNCTS, DGNP, and DGLOG-N as members) on 17 June 2013. You can read in this edition an update on DEMETER and I can report to the Community, on behalf of the Project Officer, the range of DEMETER work packages are tracking in line with the approved project plan. In addition to DEMETER, another significant piece of organisational change designed to improve how we manage our people capability in Navy is the Workforce Management Capability Improvement Program (WMCIP). The outcomes of this work will improve how we do business within the Navy People Branch, and a key product will be Category Management Plans for each Category and PQ. These plans will be the basis of maintaining a co-ordinated and measurable approach toward Category/PQ management, and for those Categories/PQs which are considered 'at risk/critical/perilous', the plans will be the basis for developing comprehensive and costed remediation strategies to improve the people supply vs demand equation (in a sustainable way). Pleasingly none of the Maritime Logistics Community workgroups fall under any of these headings (and one of many challenges we have is to keep it that way!). DEMETER outcomes and WMCIP outcomes are complimentary; to maximise synergies and alignment between these major initiatives, the ML Category/PQ managers within Directorate of Navy Category Management (DNCM) all play a key role within both key initiatives. The articles from the Maritime Logistics Officer PQ Manager and the Maritime Logistics Category Managers in this edition will give you a small taste of their focus, and I would encourage you to touch base with them to get across more detail as you feel the need. We are here to represent the Maritime Logistics people capability within DNCM and feedback from the coal-face is encouraged and welcome. On a personal note, I am extremely pleased to be in this key role within DNCM. These are exciting and challenging times for all of us; I have a great deal of confidence in DEMETER and our future direction as a Community. In DEMETER, our Community has embarked on a journey of significant change and significant proportions; arguably the most significant organisational change undertaking we, as a Community, have ever contemplated let alone stepped into. Given this significance, our Community growth and change needs to be based on a deliberate, planned, measured, cost effective, and (most importantly) sustainable methodology -- and this is exactly what DEMETER is seeking to achieve. With success in DEMETER, the complex and evolving Navy capability support needs will continue to be met now and into the future by the Maritime Logistics Branch. This will be achieved through deliberately planned training, education, continuum development, placement, and engagement in the broader support construct across Navy (and particularly the evolving Fleet Command organisation -- more on that next edition) and other Groups and Commands such as Joint Operations Command, Capability Development Group, Joint Logistics Command, and the Defence Materiel Organisation. In closing, please stay abreast with Project DEMETER and take time to engage with the Project Officer and us in this Directorate. It is our vehicle for needed change as a Community, and we therefore all have a stake. Don't be shy! For those who have had engagement with the previous DEMETER Project Officer LCDR Amy Blacker, RANR, you will be pleased to know she is putting her feet up (literally) after recently giving birth to another bundle of joy. Stepping into the DEMETER Project Officer role is LCDR Tonia Bainbridge, RANR, and Tonia has provided some of her background within the DEMETER piece following. We hope you enjoy this edition.