Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Who are Defence Infrastructure Organisation?
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.
We are responsible for enabling defence people to live, work, train and deploy at home and overseas.
Our vision is to equip defence with a significantly smaller, more efficient, better quality estate.
Our responsibilities include:
• plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment
• provide utilities services
• manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)
• provide a safe place to train
• allocate Service Families Accommodation
• procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair
• provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning
• act as steward of the defence estate
• provide the unarmed guarding service
The world continues to change at pace. In response defence is modernising, mobilising and transforming. The Defence Estate must evolve with it; becoming more resilient against increased uncertainty and evolving threats including climate change and disruption from state aggressors.
To support this, our areas of focus over the next 10 years include:
• implementing an asset management system for defence infrastructure which helps us and our customers make better decisions based on really good information and data
• improving delivery to our customers, reducing disruption to the work and lives of service personnel and their families caused by poor infrastructure performance or infrastructure failure
• becoming an expert in sustainability, climate change and the environment, providing advice that leads to environmentally sound infrastructure decisions.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Defence Infrastructure Organisation involved in?
DIO aims to be an employer of choice through recognising, supporting, encouraging and celebrating diversity in all its forms. We have a collection of networks and forums, each focusing on its own element of Diversity and Inclusion. The Gender Forum is one of them. The forum is a team of individuals who are passionate about making DIO a more diverse, inclusive and equal place to work, and supports initiatives such as the Baby loss Awareness Network, Crossing Thresholds (a scheme that develops women to achieve their potential), and the STEM Network. The STEM Network is a new initiative, and its aims are to highlight STEM across DIO, and the many varied STEM roles therein. The intentions are to develop internal schemes to include STEM training and apprenticeships. We have chosen to join WISE to promote the varied STEM roles within DIO, and to provide an outreach service to schools across the UK, offering mentorship sessions to students who are matched to our colleagues.
Why did Defence Infrastructure Organisation join WISE?
“My name is Sarah, and I am an Estate Strategy Planner. Although my day job is not obviously STEM, I am a Biologist, I study Archaeology and Anthropology and I am the DIO STEM Ambassador, as well as Ambassador for the STEM Staffordshire Hub. I am incredibly passionate about STEM, particularly supporting and promoting opportunities of STEM to females (STEMettes) and am proud to be the first WISE Member for DIO!”