JC Lord Memorial Lecture: Mental Wellbeing – Everyone’s Challenge

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The 2021 JC Lord Memorial lecture will focus on mental health and resilience.


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This event will outline the lessons gleaned from the Armed Forces experiences on operations and how these have related to the processes the military have been using during the pandemic response.

The lecture takes its name from RSM John C Lord MVO MBE, known for his exemplary leadership skills. His service in the Second World War included taking part in the seaborne operation to land at Taranto as part of the Allied invasion of Italy and serving with 3 PARA Lord also participated in Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in September 1944. Lord’s leadership in the prisoner of war camp after capture at Arnhem was truly inspirational. In a famous speech to the officers at the Army Staff College in 1963, Lord spoke of 'discipline' which he defined as 'A moral, mental and physical state in which all ranks respond to the will of the commander whether he is there or not.' The values and attributes Lord displayed during his life underline what uniformed service does for individuals and demonstrates what individuals can do for their country.

The annual JC Lord Lecture will be given by WO1 Glenn Haughton, Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, UK Ministry of Defence, focusing on the experiences, activities, and concerns of sailors, marines, soldiers, and air force personnel.

Speaker’s Biography

Having joined the British Army in 1988, Sergeant Major Haughton has deep operational experience from multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has significant experience of the training environment, having instructed at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on three occasions.

 After a successful and traditional Infantry career, Sergeant Major Haughton was selected as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Bn Grenadier Guards in 2010 and was subsequently appointed as the Academy Sergeant Major of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

 In January 2015 WO1 Haughton was appointed by the Chief of the General Staff to become the first British Army Sergeant Major.  He assumed the appointment in April 2015 and was the senior Soldier and Sergeant Major in the British Army.

In November 2018 The Chiefs of Staff Committee endorsed the appointment of WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee.     

The event is chaired by Prof Peter Roberts, Director Military Sciences, RUSI.



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