DRSC Profile: Sept 2017

New DRSC Chairs Focus on Building Networks

Building strong networks between local business and the ADF will be the focus of two recently appointed Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) Chairs for the next three years.

IBM Digital Business Group Executive Wesley Allen took the reins of the Sydney Metro DRSC committee in August, while NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Business Development Manager Jane Barnes was appointed Riverina Murray DRSC Chair in May.

“I’d like to continue the great momentum established by the State Chair Mark Todd,” Mr Allen said. 

“I’d like to leave the Sydney Metro region with a strong network of interested employers and in particular a presence in forums such as LinkedIn - which are widely frequented by target employers.”

Mr Allen has more than 25 years in IT Solutions with vendors such as IBM, webMethods and Novell. He also spent a number of years living in Hong Kong, leading channels for Citrix Systems throughout Asia Pacific and Japan.

He holds an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Diplomas in Marketing and Public Relations.
“In July 2016 I was appointed Software Executive for IBM Digital Business Group - where IBM is building a digital engagement capability,” Mr Allen said.

“I can see how a lot of the skills, experience and industry links I have developed will be of great assistance in my new role with the DRSC.

“We are starting to recruit some key business people to the DRSC to help support the cause.  One of these is Mr Mike Green the CEO of Kinship Digital - an agency with extensive experience helping companies realise the potential of Social Communication and Digital Media.”

For Jane Barnes highlighting the skills ADF Reservists bring to a civilian workplace will be a focus during her time as Riverina Murray Chair.

“I come from a Defence family, so I have a significant interest in blending my business networks and contacts to highlight the great work ADF Reservists do within the Region,” she said.

“Reserve members are well known and respected across the Riverina / Murray with Kapooka and RAAF Forest Hill located in Wagga. The focus of my time as Chair will be to build on the great work of the DRSC to date, and highlight local Reserve Units.”

As a Business Development Manager within the Office of Regional Development Ms Barnes has built a strong network of industry contacts across the Riverina / Murray and she plans to use this network as a conduit to create sustainable relationships between civilian industry and the Reserve Units.

“My role is to work with businesses to create jobs, access new markets and identify opportunities. Being an Employer of Choice is certainly an opportunity for regional businesses.

“One of the highlights of my role in recent times has been helping to establish the Defence Industries Network. This forum brings all parties located in the region that work with and for Defence together.”

She said the Riverina Murray DRSC was currently planning a ‘Business before Business’ event in conjunction with Wagga Chamber of Commerce.

“This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase local ADF Reserve units and highlight how the training and skills developed during time in the ADF can directly translate to the civilian workplace.

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