Darwin personnel selected for leadership forum

Published on MIDN Thomas Watson (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra

Topic(s): HMAS Darwin (F04)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Troy Stephenson and Chief Petty Officer
Boatswains Mate David Bowden in front of HMAS Darwin. (photo: Unknown)
Petty Officer Electronics Technician Troy Stephenson and Chief Petty Officer Boatswains Mate David Bowden in front of HMAS Darwin.

Three members of the ship's company of HMAS Darwin were selected to take part in the second Chief of Defence Force Leadership Forum held in Canberra recently.

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain David Bowden, Petty Officer Electronics Technician Troy Stephenson and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Alexander Mills were chosen by Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight as a reward for their professionalism and devotion to Navy values.

The three-day forum brought together warrant officers and non-commissioned officers from across the Australian Defence Force to discuss leadership challenges and opportunities.

Leading Seaman Mills said the address by Deputy Chief of the Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, inspired him to take on more responsibility.

"Rear Admiral Noonan said, 'Own your space, know your job and do it well. Own the problem and lead.' This summed up the attitude at the forum and is something I will take with me throughout my navy career," Leading Seaman Mills said.

Petty Officer Stephenson said while it was good to talk and listen to the leaders of the Australian Defence Force, it was also helpful to share ideas with the others of similar rank.

"It was good to have access to senior leaders and to hear the challenges facing them," he said.

"It was also interesting to discuss cultural change with such a large audience and to see what innovative ideas people have."

Chief Petty Officer Bowden described the forum as a "brilliant learning opportunity and great to have access to senior leaders and see how they approach continuous improvement".

The forum, facilitated by the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics, provided an opportunity for attendees to present their views on leadership and ethical behaviour.

Views and feedback from the forum are fed back to Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.