ICT leadership recognised with Conspicuous Service Medal

Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Topic(s): Australia Day Honours

Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)
Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.

Commander Gemma Pumphrey has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List for her meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.
 
Commander Pumphrey led the Directorate of Communication Services followed by the Directorate of Military Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Plans where she was responsible for the migration of critical communication infrastructure and service reporting and tracking.
 
Receiving a Conspicuous Service Medal, Commander Pumphrey said the award was a great privilege and praised the hard work and dedication of her team.
 
“I enjoy working in large teams undertaking complex technical projects,” she said.
 
“I had a fantastic team working for me, which comprised of Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service personnel and contractors, who were all very focused on achieving the task at hand.
 
“They often worked above and beyond what was expected to solve complex technical issues to ensure ICT services were provided to our ships on the front line.
 
“I am very proud of their efforts and I would not have been able to achieve what I did without their support.”
 
Commander Pumphrey demonstrated outstanding leadership and technical skills in the provision and support of a diverse range of communications and information capabilities that support both military and enterprise outcomes for the Australian Defence Force.
 
Using industry best practice, Commander Pumphrey has provided direct benefit to Defence through efficiency and effectiveness improvements of systems.
 
“While a good understanding of the complexity of technical issues is required, the key is strong leadership at all levels,” Commander Pumphrey said.
 
“We all contributed to developing and sustaining a high performance team in order to achieve the best level of service to meet our requirements.
 
“Those requirements include ICT infrastructure and support to locations across the globe, including deployed personnel in the Middle East, sailors at sea, and the regular office user in Navy Strategic Command.”
 
Commander Pumphrey is currently the Chief of Navy’s Women’s Strategic Advisor where she continually develops and implements strategies and initiatives that engage women in the workforce and ensure they are adequately represented at all levels in Navy.