Susan Harris (nee O’Grady) TC ‘93

The first ever female Executive Officer of a Royal Australian Navy submarine and Collegian Lieutenant Commander Susan Harris (nee O’Grady) TC ‘93 was awarded the Australia Day Conspicuous Service Medal in 2018.

Lcdr Susan Harris Photo Credit Navy Daily

The first ever female Executive Officer of a Royal Australian Navy submarine and Collegian Lieutenant Commander Susan Harris (nee O’Grady) TC ‘93 was awarded the Australia Day Conspicuous Service Medal in 2018. Susan was recognised for exceptional leadership, dedication and professional knowledge as both a workforce specialist and submariner. As Submarine Workforce Manager in the Directorate of Navy Workforce Management, Susan was responsible for identifying key workforce risks and their implications for the submarine force. Susan worked with key stakeholders to design retention and remediation measures to ensure that the submarine workforce have the right education, training and preparation to deliver Navy’s submarine capability.

Susan has continued to contribute to capability below the surface and is now going back to sea and fulfilling her career goals after having children and commencing her appointment as Executive Officer of HMAS Rankin, a Collins Class Submarine.

Susan was also a recent finalise in the ACT Telstra Businesswoman of the Year awards.