Sara Sharkey

Head Application Services and Dev Ops ISS, Ministry of Defence

Commissioned in the British Army in 1991, Brigadier Sara Sharkey has served in a broad spectrum of Command, ICT, procurement and training roles in the UK, overseas and on Operations in Bosnia and Iraq. Electronic Warfare and Software Development have been her career anchors epitomized by Commanding 10th Signal Regiment with diverse role spanning electronic counter measures to supporting Army HQ applications.

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 the Start-Up of the Defence Applications Software House to encompass automation and rapid application development in support of Digital Transformation and Information Advantage.

Brigadier Sara Sharkey is the Army advocate for Women in STEM, is a member of the Royal Signals Institute Council, Head of Function for Engineering for MOD CIO and President Royal Signals Hockey. She is married to a serving officer with two daughters (age 7 and 9) and a large Labradoodle called Oscar.

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