Uckfield Naval officer’s MBE

A Royal Navy officer, from Uckfield, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his contribution to the Armed Forces.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Thomas has been awarded an MBE for his role in looking after Royal Naval manpower during 2012 – a busy year for the Armed Forces.

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, national industrial unrest as well as the London Olympic Games, Lt Cdr Thomas ensured the Royal Navy had enough people in place deal with day-today operations and meet the requirements for high profile events as they arose.

For his ‘determination and hard work’ as well as the ‘establishment of new processes’ to help the Navy, he has been awarded an MBE.

He said: “Although it sounds a bit clichéd, this award reflects the efforts of a lot of people who I worked with on the various projects. Receiving this award is a bit of a shock to say the least, but I am l very proud.”

Lt Cdr Thomas, who at the time worked for the Commodore Naval Personnel (Exercises and Events), was thrust into dealing with manpower planning during 2012. It was a role that he excelled in and delivered ‘unparalleled levels of manpower support to operations, public events and training activities.’

A former student of Ringmer Community College, near Lewes, the 33-year-old joined the Royal Navy in 2001. He is married to Charlotte and they have a two-year-old daughter, Chloe. Lt Cdr Thomas has now taken up a new role and works in Navy Air Engineering Training Policy at Royal Navy HQ in Portsmouth.

Manpower planning is no novelty in the Royal Navy. It has been a necessity for many years with roots far back in history. The transition to a career Navy began towards the end of the 17th century and was largely completed by about 1850. The need to plan increased more after 1850 as the technical complexity of the Navy grew and the need was further reinforced after World War II when new social and economic conditions brought a risk that the Navy would not be able to recruit all the men needed. From a few Navy Lists, a quill pen and a mathematical mind, the process now involves all the techniques of social and management science.