Dr Bruce McLENNAN 

Bruce McLennan


Dr McLennan spent over 33 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy specialising as a Principal Warfare Officer (Underwater) and having command of HMNZS TAUPO (a fisheries resource Patrol Craft) and HMNZS WELLINGTON (a gun Leander Class frigate). His Staff Officer duties have included as the Deputy Director of Underwater Warfare (Navy Development Branch) involved with the FMS 15/2 Towed Array Sonar Project, as Staff Officer Operations in Maritime Headquarters, as the Deputy Director Defence Planning Systems on the Chief of Defence Force’s Staff, and as the Operational Requirements Officer for the ANZAC Ship Project. He also undertook configuration options studies to align and upgrade the New Zealand and Australian ANZAC Class frigates.

In October 2005, Dr McLennan elected to leave the Royal New Zealand Navy and settle in Australia. He joined the Australian Public Service as the Chief of Staff, Major Surface Ships Branch within the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and was involved in ‘Issues Management’ and departmental coordination. In 2009 Dr McLennan attended full-time study through the DMO Institute to complete an Executive Masters degree in Complex Project Management. This lead to being appointed in 2010 as the Program Director for DMO’s Ship Repair & Maintenance Reform; a major transformation initiative to provide both Industry and Navy with greater predictability, certainty and stability in the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s major fleet units. In this role he won the Australian Institute of Project Management’s (AIPM) ACT Achievement Awards in Organisation/Change Management (2012), Developmental Projects (2014) and the 2014 ACT Project of the Year. He was also a finalist in the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management’s (IACCM) Awards for Innovation in 2013,  and won the Operational Improvement Award in 2014. Dr McLennan was appointed as Director Major Surface Ships (MSS) Strategic Supplier Management Cell in 2013, which progressed to the Director for Maritime Strategic Industry Engagement for the entire Maritime Systems Division in late 2014

Dr McLennan has Post-Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Studies and Business Administration, Masters Degrees in Management (Defence Studies), Maritime Studies, an Executive Masters in Business (Complex Project Management) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (thesis title = ‘Contemporary Maritime Pressures and their implications for Naval Force Structure Planning’).  Dr McLennan is married, to Amanda, and has three adult children: Rachel (a medical doctor), Alex (a civil engineer), and James (university student doing commerce/law). 

Current Position:

Director Maritime Strategic Industry Engagement, Maritime Systems Division, Defence Materiel Organisation, Department of Defence, Australia   

PhD Title:

Contemporary Maritime Pressures and their implications for Naval Force Structure Planning 

PhD Supervisors:

Professor Martin Tsamenyi, Director Emeritus and Professor at ANCORS

Dr Chris Rahman, Senior Research Fellow at ANCORS

Selected Publications:

The History of Oceans Governance, Australian Defence College, Monograph Series No 9

Last reviewed: 30 March, 2015