17 May 2018: DIO: Looking back on a year of Future DIO

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is now one year into its transformation programme, Future DIO. The organisation has achieved a lot in the last year and there’s much more still to come.

In April 2017 DIO implemented the first stage of transferring defence infrastructure funding back to the TLBs, which took control of financial planning and programming decisions for some aspects of the CDEL (capital) budget.

By April 2018, through significant joint working with TLBs, the second stage of handing back defence infrastructure budgets to the TLBs went live.

The overall aim of the programme was, and remains, to deliver the Future DIO vision – Better Estate, Better Service and Better Business. DIO aim to ensure the Armed Forces have a greater understanding of the estate they use, greater control of investment choices which are made, and have a greater incentive to make more efficient use of the estate they need, and to dispose of the estate no longer needed.

Nik Doyle, DIO Transformation and Change Director said, “It’s hard to believe it was only this time last year that teams across DIO were hard at work putting in place the building blocks that would become the Future DIO programme – we’ve already achieved so much.

Most significantly, the regional structure has been stood up, infrastructure funding has transferred back to the TLBs, and a new Commercial Strategy is in place.”

Since the launch of the Future DIO programme last year many changes have been introduced, all of which will help improve the way DIO works; some of the highlights of the last 12 months have been captured in an interactive poster below.

DIO are now moving into ‘Phase 2’ of the programme; where the organisation will continue to work closely with TLBs to embed the changes introduced over the last year and adapt to new ways of working.

In addition to embedding the regional operating model, and further aligning DIO with the TLBs, other priorities for ‘Phase 2’ will include; implementing DIO’s data and information strategy, fully establishing DIO’s Stewardship role and implementing DIO’s new Defence Asset Management system. DIO will continue to keep stakeholders updated as the Future DIO programme progresses.