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FIRST PRINCIPLES REVIEW
Not forgotten in the true definition of a team
are interested in contributing to ideas and the
solutions and seeing some change,”
Theresa Coxon was working as director of
communications in the Implementation Office
when the report was released.
“Overall, the vibe is very positive with
people understanding that Defence needs a
good shake-up. Everyone can tell a story of a
Defence process that is ridiculously slow and
unnecessarily complicated that must change.
The review is an opportunity for us to get it
right,” she says.
But Theresa admits change of this magnitude
“We are not an organisation that likes to
change and we are very good at blocking the
changes we don’t like. A new commitment
to following through with each of the
recommendations as per their original intent is
needed,” she says.
Director First Principles Review Jarrod
Howard has been involved in the review since
April 2014 and says finishing the report on time
was a proud moment. Working with the Review
Team was a highlight.
“The biggest challenge now will be on
the leadership of the organisation owning
and staying committed to implementation,
as there are a number of hard decisions to
make if we are serious about implementing all
recommendations,” Jarrod says.
Mike Kreuzer, of the Chief Information
Officer Group web team, and Jacob Boyle, of
Intelligence and Security, are looking forward to
seeing the implementation come into effect.
“It is exciting to see it happen and be
developed and have a small part in that,”
Jacob considers himself fortunate to have
been asked to be part of the Review Team.
“It’s been a very challenging and rewarding
experience,” he says, though “implementing the
review will be 10 times harder”.
Joanne Anderson and Jen Beattie, who have
been working on Shared Services Reform, enjoy
working as part of a team of people with such
different backgrounds and expertise.
“What’s interesting about the team is
everyone has a different perspective because
they come from different parts of Defence and
have different skill sets,” Joanne says.
“That’s what makes it such a great team.
That’s one of the strengths.”
WO hard-working members of the First
Principles Review Implementation Office
are executive assistants Anita Misic and
Anita, who is senior executive assistant
to Roxanne Kelley, has been on board since April
last year. One of her roles involved getting the
Review Team members together for meetings,
arranging their briefing packs and materials and
setting up meetings across government and
“It’s been achallenge but it’s very interesting,”
Phoebe, who is executive assistant to Shannon
Frazer, transferred from Capability Development
Group to the First Principles Review team last
October. It’s a move she doesn’t regret.
“I really enjoy coming to work and love the
people I work with,” she says.
Phoebe’s role involves working with the
panel and sharing the the load with Anita during
peak periods and when critical deadlines are
“I think the best part is I really am part of a great
team – it’s the true definition of a team,” she says.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the positive
changes and everything be implemented.”
Anita agrees, saying she is looking forward to
“It will definitely be for the better,” she says.
Phoebe admits the work has been challenging,
but there are “more good times” than otherwise.
“Sometimes executive assistants are forgotten,
but I feel like we’ve really been included in
everything,” she says.
She says it is also “a change to work in a place
where women who are SES and directors are
working full-time, part-time and from home, and
are managing study, young families and other
“OVERALL, THE VIBE
IS VERY POSITIVE
DEFENCE NEEDS A
GOOD SHAKE-UP. ”
FORMERLY OF THE FPR
from the FPR
Anita Misic, left, and
Photo: David McClenaghan
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