The Inaugural JC Lord Lecture with WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE

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The inaugural JC Lord Lecture, given by WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (SEAC), UK Ministry of Defence, assessed the UK Armed Forces, focusing on the experiences, activities and concerns of soldiers, sailors, marines and aviators.

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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. As Senior Warrant Officer at Stalagluft XIB, Lord has been credited with restoring discipline among his fellow prisoners, leading to a significant boost in both morale and the survival rate of prisoners.

In a famous speech to the officers at the Army Staff College in 1963, Lord spoke of his experiences of leadership, and of the importance and meaning 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.' 

As with much of his service life, 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.

Speaker Biography


Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton OBE joined the British Army in 1988 and has served in the Armed Forces for over 30 years. He has deep operational experience from multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and has served all over the world. 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 subsequently was selected for a Late Entry Commission in 2012 and 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 (CGS) 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 (SEAC).

The Senior Enlisted Advisor works collaboratively with the senior Warrant Officer and Sergeant Major positions in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force to improve the understanding of issues, with a primary focus on monitoring the value of the cumulative ‘Offer’, professional development opportunities, pay, advancement opportunities, quality of life, mental health, veterans, families, culture and standards, and the general institutional health of the Armed Forces. The role will be an asset in High Level International Engagement, building relationships across the international Senior Enlisted Advisor network. The role reports directly to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, and will operate in support of Ministers and the Chief of Defence Personnel as appropriate.

He holds a First Class Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northampton University and is a well-regarded speaker on leadership and soldiering. He was a proud recipient of an OBE in the 2018 New Years Honours List.

Watch WO1 Glen Haughton’s speech at Land Warfare conference 2018 here 

Continuing Professional Development

This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service.

To obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance please register with RUSI at the end of the event attended, and a certificate will be dispatched within 28 days. If an attendee fails to register with RUSI then it will not be possible to issue a certificate.


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