Aiming for the summit when inspiring leaders

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, MH-60R Seahawk

(L-R) Able Seaman Clark Chancellor, Leading Seaman Lauren Carruthers, Captain Peter Ashworth, MRS Peita O'Neill, Petty Officer Olivia Usback and Captain Fiona Sneath from HMAS Albatross. (photo: Unknown)
(L-R) Able Seaman Clark Chancellor, Leading Seaman Lauren Carruthers, Captain Peter Ashworth, MRS Peita O'Neill, Petty Officer Olivia Usback and Captain Fiona Sneath from HMAS Albatross.

Five members from Navy’s home of the Fleet Air Arm, HMAS Albatross have been selected to attend a conference that aims to help inspire and develop female leaders.

The 2017 National Defence, Police and Emergency Services Women's Leadership Summit in Canberra at the end of March is headlined by the Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and will provide an opportunity for the group to share in the experiences of successful leaders and bring those ideas back to their own workplaces.

Albatross
 Commanding Officer, Captain Fiona Sneath said that empowering her staff translated to strength and success for all. 

“The personnel attending the Leadership Summit will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership knowledge and capacity and the summit also aims to equip participants with the skills, confidence and connections to consolidate their skills,” Captain Sneath said.

“Their attendance will not only benefit their own careers and enhance their individual skill sets but will also have a very positive flow-on affect in the workplace.”

Funding was made possible by contributions from Training Authority Aviation and the Fleet Air Arm and expressions of interest were encouraged from all sectors of Albatross.

The five successful nominations included aviation technicians, an electronic warfare specialist, instructors and a human resources officer.

Leading Seaman Lauren Carruthers, a MH-60R helicopter Technical Training Instructor, said she saw her attendance at  the summit as a valuable personal and professional development opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to listening, learning and expressing  my own ideas on how everyone can positively influence the world,” she said.

“I also want to learn how I can contribute to changing my work environment for the good of everyone.

“It will be beneficial to hear strategies and experiences from both women and men who have successfully managed their work and life whist pursuing career aspirations and I hope my workplace will benefit from a better version of myself after the summit.”

Other attendees will be Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Clark Chancellor, Flight Lieutenant Debbie Herberz and Mrs Peita O’Neill.