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Annual Report 2013-14

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Profile | Captain Wendy Malcolm, RAN

Excelling at better ways of doing business

Captain Wendy Malcolm recently added another string to her bow when she was awarded the 2014 Australian Defence Magazine/DMO Industry Team of the Year Award in Sustainment and Logistics Support, Anzac System Program Office and Naval Ship Management Australia, as well as the DMO Industry Team of the Year Award in Major Acquisition (Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade Project, Capital Equipment Acquisition and the Anzac Alliance).

Captain Malcolm said she was committed to ensuring that other project offices around Australia understand the importance of strategy when approaching contracting. She said that this would ensure that Defence can provide better maintenance and project upgrade outcomes at a reduced cost.

“It’s all about challenging old ways of doing business to deliver better outcomes for our Navy, no matter what the mission,’ she said.

Throughout her career, the proud mother of two has accumulated an impressive list of awards and achievements.
In 2012, Captain Malcolm earned recognition in the Telstra Business Women”s Awards, when she was one of six finalists in the Community and Government Category of the Western Australian competition.

In her selection as a finalist, her excellent leadership, commitment to her people and determination to implement reform to meet the needs of both the Navy and industry were recognised.

Captain Malcolm was one of the first women to graduate from the Australian Defence Force Academy. When she graduated in 1989, she did not imagine just how far her career would take her.

Born and raised in Victoria, Captain Malcolm joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1987. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the academy, she received her first posting to HMAS Albatross.

Today, as director of the Anzac Systems Program Office, Captain Malcolm is responsible for leading nearly 200 people providing engineering services, logistics, maintenance and major capital project management for the Navy’s eight Anzac class frigates in Perth and Sydney.

While working for the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Captain Malcolm led negotiations for the Anzac group maintenance contract, transforming the way naval ships are sustained. She has also project-managed the integration of the latest radar technology into three of the eight ships through the award-winning Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade Project.

Through the Repair and Maintenance Reform Program, Captain Malcolm led a team of DMO experts working to provide both industry and the Navy with greater predictability, certainty and stability in the repair and maintenance of naval ships.