How Defence Learns 2021

21 October 2021 0830 - 1230

How Defence Learns (HDL) 21 will be a whole force, online event aiming to give people across defence insights into how organisational learning can improve their department or unit.

All service personnel, Civil Servants and contractors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

HDL will be opened by the Vice Chief of Defence Staff and will include military, academic, sport and business speakers, discussing how their organisations have developed learned and adapted in response to change.

Our speakers

Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Timothy Fraser KCB, ADC, will open the event with a short introduction about organisational learning in defence and how it could be improved.

Steve Sallis – mental conditioning support and mentor of 20 Premier League footballers and England youth teams will be talking on developing a culture of learning within an organisation and the role of leaders in learning.

Dr Aimée Fox – King’s College London historian of warfare, her research focuses explores how military organisations innovate and change in historic and contemporary contexts. She was the 2018 winner of the British Army Military Book of the Year and will speak about lessons defence might learn from organisations forced to innovate in historic conflicts.

West Midlands Counter-Terrorist Police - Organisational learning expert with the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit speaking about their experience of learning, including following the Manchester Arena bombing (first report from Public Inquiry issued 17 Jun 21).

Tamara Lohan MBE – Founder & CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith, hotel booking specialists. An entrepreneur with a background in marketing and technology, she has been responsible for evolving the company’s digital infrastructure ever since. The COVID-19 pandemic threw the hotel industry into crisis; Tamara will tell us the story of how Mr & Mrs Smith has adapted to overcome this.

How Defence Learns 2021