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Appointment of new Defence Forces Head of Transformation Mr Brian Molloy

Mr. Brian Molloy has been appointed as the new Defence Forces Head of Transformation. Mr. Molloy joins the Defence Forces from the Social Welfare Appeals Office where he worked as the Chief Appeals Officer and Director. He had full operational and strategic responsibilities for the appeals function across the Department of Social Protection. This function was a statutory function appointed by the Minister for Social Protection and he reported directly to the Secretary General of the Department and was a full time member of the Department of Social Protection Management Board.

In his new civilian role as Defence Forces Head of Transformation, reporting directly to the Chief of Staff, Mr. Molloy will be a member of the senior Defence Forces leadership and management team and the Defence Strategic Management Committee. Working with the senior leadership and management team, he will support the Chief of Staff directly and drive, support, advise and enable the future transformation of the Defence Forces in line with the Government-approved High Level Action Plan. Mr. Molloy will be empowered to design, lead, create, communicate and deliver on an integrated and joint vision for strategic and operational level transformations impacting all three services (Army, Air Corps and Naval Service) and their respective Reserve Forces.  Mr. Molloy will lead the delivery of challenging strategic transformation programmes across the organisation, working closely with colleagues and also with external consultants as required, to drive the transformational change that is required within the Defence Forces.

Mr. Molloy met with the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, this morning. Welcoming Mr. Molloy's new appointment, Lt. Gen Clancy said "we are delighted to welcome Brian to our senior management team, where his significant and varied experience will be a major asset to the Defence Forces. His new role, leading and driving the significant transformational change in the Defence Forces is necessary to ensure that now, more than ever, the Defence Forces is fit for purpose and the progression to a Defence Forces’ capability, equivalent to level of ambition two, is the first step on this journey.

Notes to Editors:
Brian Molloy worked for over 30 years in the private sector before joining the Department of Social Protection in 2019. He was appointed Principal Officer and was operational owner on a national basis of four illness/disability schemes (Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Partial Capacity Benefit and Disablement Benefit) and the Redundancy & Insolvency (R&I) schemes. Brian implemented a transformation of the service delivery across his areas of responsibility which involved a comprehensive review of operational capability including a re-assessment of staffing levels and work volumes.