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Director of Personnel | General Ivan Jones | British Army

You join me here today on a rainy afternoon having just visited the Scottish Gunners, 19 Regiment Royal Artillery and I’ve been wandering around visiting and the training that they’ve been conducting today. I thought it would be a great opportunity on the back of the visit just to give you a sense of what I, as the Army’s director of personnel, feel is important to our organisation, five themes if you like. The first one of those is the theme of Belonging, I’m talking about a golden thread that runs through our organisation from that first encounter in a careers office, all the way through to resettlement and then life of a veteran. We should have a theme that runs through that is about belonging and not just about you, but about your family as well. They should feel that they are part of this great organisation and feel that we care. Where you can trust the person on your left, your right, the person in the recce screen in front, to give you the information you need or the resupply to your rear, to give you the support you need and those people you potentially trust with your lives. That for me is the essence of belonging. The second theme is one of Social Opportunity and I was with the Scottish Gunners today today in one of their classes with the guys learning their level 2 English and it was fascinating hearing their experiences of what life was like at school and how they were alienated from the learning process and how they’re now being invested in. I think we as an institution do a huge amount in terms of social opportunity, taking people from a broad range of backgrounds across the UK and the wider commonwealth and giving them an opportunity that may not have been there before. Inextricably linked into that is the Maximising Talent perhaps a hackneyed phrase and often used, but I talk here about how we get the very best out of everybody, how we draw the very best out of the people that we have in our organisation and it’s remarkable to see that since 2004, we’ve had over a hundred thousand people invested in through the various courses and schemes with the apprenticeships. The fourth issue is Health and Well-Being and as the Army’s new Health and Well-Being Champion, it is only appropriate that I would add this to the list of things that are important to me. Significant within this is a need to invest in improving musculoskeletal injury and also mental health and these are two areas in particular that I will pay attention to over the next few years whilst I’m the Director of Personnel. The final issue and perhaps even the most important, is that of Diversity and Inclusion. The very best organisations that I’ve worked in have been diverse in nature, they have brought in people from different backgrounds with different views, ideas and thoughts. So those are the five themes: Belonging, Social Opportunity, Maximising Talent, Health & Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion. I will be doing further podcasts where I give you a sense of some of our achievements over the past couple of years and then talking through how we intend to take this forward in the future. But for now from a rainy Tidworth, thank you very much for watching this video and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thank you very much.

Tony wyaad



  1. bigChris1 Posted on December 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Belonging, the family of young soldiers are not included, we have no information….Not even an idea about e.g. holiday timings etc

  2. M/V WRETCHED BEAST Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    What does any of that have to do with killing your enemies? You are soldiers, your job is to kill the enemy, anything other then that is ancillary to your primary mission. RLTW

  3. Thomas Nugent Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Well said, General. Merry Christmas to you and the Troops !

  4. Stephen Cockett Posted on December 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Remember the expression: 'Ivan has got a bead on you …..'

  5. Stephen Cockett Posted on December 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Army personnel officer in modern times – ordered to bring about British Army 'unity' – that is a bit of a poisoned challis!
    The entire western civilian world, from which recruits are chosen, is currently SPLIT IRREVOCABLY between traditionalists and modernists.
    The former wishes to retain its natural culture and people – whilst the latter will not stop until every aspect of traditional national life and culture is completely obliterated and erradicated – including the very DNA signature itself of our people.
    A tricky posting indeed. The Army HAS to call on tradition to survive and fight – and men only fight for the traditional things.

  6. David Buckley Posted on December 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Still in medical appeal so want to join and serv why turn good people away for silly things.

  7. Steven Premmel Posted on December 5, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Do they still have those bloody jumpers? Did hell reject them?

  8. Phil Thomas Posted on December 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Good to see you at the gunners with AS90's… ex-52bty

  9. Matsimus Posted on December 6, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I don’t have anything to comment on this.

  10. Mad Technician Posted on December 7, 2018 at 6:16 am

    An excellent opportunity for the youth of today that have missed the chance to have their tallent uncovered and nurtured.
    Pursuit of excellence, join the British Army.

  11. ex 14 Posted on December 7, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    His hood is gonna be full of water

  12. lundgsi 2 Posted on December 8, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Lol still nobody british wants to join

  13. Nath S Posted on December 11, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Just another senior Officer throwing out 1 liners but won’t actually look after the blokes!

  14. tom black Posted on April 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Lol golden thread ….yeaaa if u r rich