Jenna Kelway

I am an experienced, passionate marine engineer with 13 years experience of front line marine engineering, engineering propulsion support, portfolio/project management, risk management, financial management/planning and Human Resources and Training within the UK Armed Forces.

Currently the Marine Engineering Branch Manager within the Royal Navy’s People Capability division, I am responsible for providing sufficient and capable engineers to the front line. Managing a branch of approx.2400 engineers, this role includes using statistical modelling techniques to determine recruitment targets and calculating promotion through flow requirements as well as working with current capability (Type 45 Destroyers, Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers) and future capability (Type 26 Frigates) to determine the training required which will ensure engineers of the Naval Service are suitably qualified and experienced to operate the very latest technology in these units.

Previous to this I completed 2 years as the head of the Marine Engineering Department in HMS SOMERSET, a Type 23 Anti Submarine Frigate. I lead a team of 40 engineers maintaining all propulsion and auxiliary systems onboard. Specifically I delivered a Propulsion Converter Upgrade, upgrading a legacy analogue converter system into a modern, digital converter system. In this role I was also the ship lead for risk management, a key component of maintaining the safety case of the ship and driving the team onboard and support contractors ashore to deliver planned maintenance periods and unplanned defect rectification on time and on budget.

Prior to this I spent 2 years working in Navy Resources and Plans, working in depth with programme and project finance, developing an in depth knowledge of MOD finance models and using portfolio management skills to advise senior management on individual project/programmes progress in order to maintain portfolio coherence.

My first appointment ashore in 2010, I spent 2.5 years as a Propulsion Project Officer for the Royal Netherlands Navy, overseeing the in service support, back office engineering advice to front line units and financial coordination for all Marine Gas turbines in the Royal Netherlands Navy. This post also involved the development and analysis of propulsion system designs for future projects, in particular as part of the team developing the re-propulsion design for the Future Landing Craft.

Finally my very first position in the Royal Navy, 2.5 years as the Deputy Marine Engineer Officer in HMS YORK a Type 42 Destroyer. During this challenging assignment I was the Deputy Head of the Marine Engineering Department, working to drive the ship out of a period of deep refit and specifically delivering a full package of Engineering Sea Trials followed by a full operational deployment to the Falkland Islands.