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Cpl Nick Wiseman
NAPOLEAN'S army may have
"marched on its stomach", but in the
modern era it's money that keeps the
tank tracks turning.
After more than five years as the
Army's top public servant, responsible
for budget, financial governance and
managing Army public servants, the
Director General Resource Management,
Adam Culley, is moving on.
Starting with Defence in 1988, he has
enjoyed many diverse jobs including a
posting to Washington, where he worked
on the acquisition of the M1 Abrams
before finding himself in the Army's
resource management position since
Mr Culley said being the most senior
public servant in a service group had
been a great journey and a lot of fun.
"I've met some great characters dur-
ing my time within the Army group," he
"Although I'm remaining within
Defence, I will miss the Army group."
Mr Culley found himself working in
Army group after a phone call from a
supervisor asking him to come and talk
about his career.
Upon walking into the office he
was informed that the Director General
Resource Management was retiring and
he could expect to be in the position him-
self within two months.
"The meeting finished quickly, advis-
ing me the CA (Lt-Gen Peter Leahy at
the time) wanted to see me for a chat in
20 minutes," Mr Culley said.
"It could be seen as a little different
compared to a military posting and not
all jobs work like that, but that's how I
came into this one."
Mr Culley said the five and three
quarter years had been a fantastic experi-
"As public servants we need to
remember why we're here, but you don't
lose sight of the fact that you're part of a
great institution -- the Australian Army,"
"One thing I have found in this job is
the appreciation of the great people in the
organisation at all levels."
To celebrate his time in Army group,
his peers organised a tour of the WTSS
system for a shoot with coaching from
members of the Army Financial Services
Mr Culley will continue to serve in
Defence on temporary promotion to the
Chief Financial Officer group and is
looking forward to new challenges.
Ian Donoghue will be the Army's new
Director General Resource Management
from June 12.
Adam Culley managed Army's mega-budget
Army June 7, 2012
Money manager: As Director General Resource Management, Adam Culley was responsible for the
Army's budget, financial governance and public servants.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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