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Brigadier Sara Sharkey

Head Application Services and DevOps - Army HQ, Ministry of Defence

Commissioned in the British Army in 1991, Brigadier Sara Sharkey has served in a broad spectrum of command, communications and training roles in the UK, overseas and on Operations in Bosnia and Iraq. Electronic Warfare has been a major thread of her career with Troop and Squadron Commander appointments at 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) and as the desk officer in Director Equipment Capability ISTAR for Land Based EW. Command of 10 Signal Regiment, with a diversified capability set, including Electronic Counter Measures, Infrastructure and HQ Support and UK Operations Communications encompassed a stimulating breadth of command and niche capability elements. Brigadier Sara Sharkey was responsible for the Army’s Software House from 2013-2017 and transformed (through implementing Agile methodologies) the delivery and support of applications and services to deliver business intelligence to the Army. She also had a wider remit for the governance and coherence of Army applications across the full Information Environment embracing firm base through to deployed operations at the tactical level. In April 2017 she was promoted to Brigadier and assumed the appointment of Head Application Services and DevOps at Information Systems and Services (ISS) within the Joint Forces Command. This role spans a wide portfolio to deliver unified Cloud hosting services to Defence, in-service delivery of key Command and Control applications and the delivery of new application services for Medical, Education, Identity, and Air and Maritime Platforms. She is also leading as standing up the Defence Agile Software House to encompass automation and rapid application development in support of Digital Transformation and Information Advantage. Brig Sharkey is also the Army advocate for Women in STEM, is a member of the Royal Signals Institute Council and lifelong hockey player. She is married to a serving officer with two daughters (age 7 and 8) and a large Labradoodle called Oscar.