RN Website: "New Commander Of Maritime Reserves Assumes Command"

soleil

War Hero
Pioneering officer Commodore Melanie Robinson arrives with her vision for the future of the Royal Navy's Reserve forces.

Melanie has served in the Royal Navy for 27 years; was amongst the first women to go to sea and remains amongst the first to command a warship. One of only 12 female Captains, Cdre Mel now becomes one of only four female naval officers to have achieved flag rank as Commodore Maritime Reserves (COMMARES).

Setting-out her stall on day one, she said, "I am determined to lead a step-change in how the Maritime Reserves recruits, employs and deploys its personnel.

We are already operating as an auxiliary support force: Offering flexibility and cost efficiency, reserve personnel deliver capabilities into every aspect of frontline activity every single day."

Speaking at the Supersession Ceremony onboard HMS Victory, the first ever Reservist to be appointed in the role of COMMARES, Cdre Martin Quinn said, “Four years ago we commenced a significant programme of change across the Maritime Reserves to enable further regular/reserves integration across a range of capabilities.

"We have never been busier and in the future we hope reserves will be able to do even more.”

Cdre Robinson is clear in her aim to grow the Reserves, generating a versatile and agile force by employing a simpler structure, better aligned to the Royal Navy’s five core branches and modern requirements.

"I will shortly set-out a future vision for an Auxiliary Naval force fit for the 21st Century. A force that takes full advantage of its unique capacity to tap-into skills and talents unavailable as part of the Regular service.

"Under my command, we shall redesign the Reserves, the way it’s run and the people structures that support it, setting the conditions and outlining the offer to Britons seeking to 'protect their Nation's interests' but on a more flexible basis better tuned to their availability."

Her vision for the future of the Maritime Reserves will include a wider employment offer, a better employment model, and proactive and recognised use of civilian skills to support a transforming Navy.

"The Reserves' greatest strength is our capacity to recruit and employ a fantastic diversity of personnel, allowing the RN to draw upon otherwise unaffordable skills, both from existing personnel and future recruits.

"From manning OPVs to providing specialist skills, today marks the beginning of a Reserves Renaissance across the next 12 months.

"It will offer opportunity for Reservists, Regulars, potential joiners and employers alike.

"Watch this space!"

 

soleil

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Mel Robinson was appointed Commander of the Maritime Reserves in February 2020. She was born in Wales.

Commissioned in 1993 as a warfare officer, she served in a number of frigates and minor war vessels. This included command of HMS EXPRESS and Wales URNU, an assignment that was the first of its kind in terms of a female taking sea command of a warship. To make her career work and balance the demands of her young family, Mel left regular service in 2003. She started Full Time Reserve Service in 2005, and specialised in HR, leading the Naval Personnel Team (Reserves) whilst managing the Full Time Reserve Service scheme for the Naval Service. After joining the Maritime Reserves in 2016 she was promoted to Captain into a new role in Navy Command Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (Reserves) responsible for reserves policy, finance, recruitment, communications and business development.

She is a Cardiff University graduate and a personnel career field specialist. She is a respected and active Fellow of both the CIPD and Royal Society of Arts, certified Master Coach and an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust. She was awarded a distinction by the Open University Business School for her Master’s Level dissertation in Mentoring.

Her career path whilst unorthodox has delivered significant changes in Reserves personnel management. She designed the Whole Force Career Management Cell and aligned CMR’s Headquarters to the Navy Command Operating Model positioning it for further integration through the HQ Review. She is the author of the Maritime Reserves People Strategy. As an innovator, she is the architect of the seamless transfer process (Project Firefly) and most recently wrote the Maritime Reserves Directive. This has already transformed the Maritime Reserves contribution to the Fishery Protection Squadron and Lead Commando Group and has triggered a once in a generation transformation of the Maritime Reserves that must be delivered in her tenure.

Mel Robinson is very proud to be a Reservist. She is a values based, people focused leader of change that considers personnel, their families and (uniquely in the Maritime Reserves), their employers, in equal measure. She is the custodian of the transformative journey the Maritime Reserves must now take towards being an integral and auxiliary component of a 21st Century Royal Navy.

She is married to Rear Admiral Guy Robinson. They live in Hampshire with a Gen Z son and daughter, and their Miniature Schnauzer.

 

Dusty70

War Hero
'included command of HMS EXPRESS and Wales URNU, an assignment that was the first of its kind in terms of a female taking sea command of a warship.'

stretching the definition of 'warship' a bit too far methinks...........................................
 

Union Jack

Midshipman
Pioneering officer Commodore Melanie Robinson arrives with her vision for the future of the Royal Navy's Reserve forces.

Melanie has served in the Royal Navy for 27 years; was amongst the first women to go to sea and remains amongst the first to command a warship. One of only 12 female Captains, Cdre Mel now becomes one of only four female naval officers to have achieved flag rank as Commodore Maritime Reserves (COMMARES).
Really?

Jack
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Funny how the RN unofficial site has only 8 replies to this, but 'next door' has reams of very interesting stuff.

If remotely interested, try here: https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/portsmouth-news-new-head-of-the-royal-navy-reserve-plans-huge-shake-up-of-britains-part-time-force.298179/unread
To be fair @soleil posted it on both sites, just seems there are more opinions being voiced over there. Frankly I wish there was more here, but c'est la vie.

On top of which I fear that we are still suffering from the fall-out of LeversGate where expressing an opinion could be suicidal.
 
1. Funny how the RN unofficial site has only 8 replies to this, but 'next door' has reams of very interesting stuff.

2. If remotely interested, try here: https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/portsmouth-news-new-head-of-the-royal-navy-reserve-plans-huge-shake-up-of-britains-part-time-force.298179/unread
Re 1. Oddly enough, it was a certain (now former, TG) CS & RN Reserve Officer headed up that small anti-RR cohort who crimped the style and drove away and/or banned a fair few of our contributors with the intention of shutting down RR to expand the RN Section over at ARRSE.

Re 2. Whilst 'Commodore Melanie Robinson arrives with her vision for the future of the Royal Navy's Reserve forces' one can but hope that those ARRSE'rs comments (a comprehensive litany of obstacles strewn along her path) will be drawn to her attention*, examined & hopefully included on her hit list.

With respect (in retrospect & still my opinion) I always held that it was a sad mistake to remove the Reservist designator from RNR Uniforms. Driven by 'All of one Company' concept? - Sorry but many never really were. With a few exceptions, today even fewer & fewer are one-for-one with their nearest regular 'equivalents'.
At least that previous designator enabled both sides to recognise & work more closely together with appropriate allowances.

Not all doom & gloom though - Those of the R squirrel family, unseen and who rarely discuss it, frequently earn more than their keep...


*But by whom?? I'd suggest that @Soliel may have access to the links? and/or @Ninja_Stoker?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
On top of which I fear that we are still suffering from the fall-out of LeversGate where expressing an opinion could be suicidal.
Strange (but true?) statement. I'll express my opinion - whether or not it then gets culled by a megalomaniac is another story! Can't see me being called a PSOF, bigot or racist for trying to promote/support the RNR! ;)
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Strange (but true?) statement. I'll express my opinion - whether or not it then gets culled by a megalomaniac is another story! Can't see me being called a PSOF, bigot or racist for trying to promote/support the RNR! ;)
I'm not a megalomni , megralini, mogroliniac power crazy and if you says I is I'll ban you innit o_O

If we didn't have opinions we wouldn't have discussions, simples.
 

Anchor Faced

Lantern Swinger
She seems to be the architect of much change. Bring it on. As I slowly get to grips with the big ugly beast that is RN/RNR administration it could use a good culling. Maybe not quite as brutal as 2SL’s aim to bin half of NCHQ but work to be done…
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
She seems to be the architect of much change. Bring it on. As I slowly get to grips with the big ugly beast that is RN/RNR administration it could use a good culling. Maybe not quite as brutal as 2SL’s aim to bin half of NCHQ but work to be done…
She has spent the last decade building the staff levels at CMR....
 

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