Whitehall Dialogue - Managing Complex Programmes

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Capt J HuxleyCaptain Jonathan Huxley, Team Leader for Strategic Development, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), will lead a Whitehall Dialogue on the use of systems thinking and social identity to manage complex programmes, particularly in the public sector.

In his presentation, Captain Huxley will outline how organisations fail to deal with complexity through the use of over simplistic measures and controls; in particular, how the drive for financial control and economy has centralised organisations and reduced their ability to remain viable. He will emphasise the need for ethics and ethos to create coherence and discuss the significance of leadership and social identity in the politics of organisations.

Methodologies for determining the purposefulness of programmes and how to assess the most appropriate organisational structures will be touched on. This meeting will explore how the RFA is doing this today and, in the interests of continuous improvement, the audience will be invited to share their experience.

Captain Jonathan Huxley joined the RFA as a deck officer in 1973. During his career he specialised in navigation; working as a navigational instructor at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) and drafting several publications to assist navigational training and regulation. In 1991, as a Chief Officer, he was appointed to the Directorate General Supply and Transport (Navy) to oversee organisational development and to implement a new manning philosophy. Promoted to Captain in 1996, he has commanded all major RFA vessels (thirteen in total) in a wide variety of operational environments. In 2004, he undertook a post as the operational manager for the RFA within Navy Command. He assumed his current appointment as Team Leader for Strategic Development in 2007. He is currently studying for a PhD in Systems Thinking.

Refreshments will be served from 1515.

This event is ‘off the record’ and closed to the media.

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