Colonel Owen said of the event "We are, without doubt in the age of disruption, our lives are touched by the cost of living not just at home, but with our own delivery budget. In 2022 we mourned the loss of our Queen, leaving the second Elizabethan era, we experience uncertainty in leadership with a change of premiership three times and we are still feeling the impact of the war in Ukraine. However, I am optimistic and convinced and passionate about the ACF and HSY. The volunteers that lead our Cadets are the NORTH STAR of HOPE for the future of our Country and our Cadets.
"Our national culture is growing and deepening, and we need to mirror our community and embrace change. Starting with respecting each other, with kindness and compassion, my mission is to roll out a vision that will enable us to be the best version of ourselves. The aim of the conference was ’what good looks like?’ The focus for me was one of a culture, embracing our multi-generational volunteer workforce and exploring equality versus equity and psychological safety. I challenged all leaders to be compassionate and courageous in their leadership.
"I know as we move forward success will look different for us all, a cultural step change will be a challenge for some, but I am extremely proud of the work done over the conference to take us beyond 2023.
"As your Commandant my role is to serve and lead you, to enable you to be the best version of yourself".