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The Centre for Army Leadership annual online conference took take place on Tuesday 28 November 2023. 

With some superb keynote speakers and panel sessions, including Ira Chaleff, the world-renowned author on Followership and Intelligent Disobedience.

We will be uploading video content and other accessible content from the day in due course and will link to them from this page. 


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Opening Address - Director Leadership, Major General Zac Stenning OBE.

A Theory of Followership - Ira Chaleff, author, speaker and authority on ethical followership and intelligent disobedience.

Organisational Followership - Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, former Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morning Panel - hosted by Professor Susanne Braun, Professor of Leadership at Durham University Business School and a Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership.

  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Langley Sharp MBE, former Head of the Centre for Army Leadership (2019-2021). He is also lead contributor to the Army Followership Doctrine.
  • Warrant Officer Class Two Adam Croucher - Followership during Operation PITTING - the evacuation of Kabul.
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Leadership Excellence Awards - Lieutenant General Sharon Nesmith, Deputy Chief of the General Staff.

Zelensky and Followership - Professor Olga Onuch, Professor of Comparative and Ukrainian Politics, University of Manchester.

Putin and Followership - Professor Sam Greene, Professor of Russian Politics, Kings College London

Afternoon Panel - hosted by Captain Ash Bhardwaj, travel journalist and broadcaster, host of the Centre for Army Leadership's Human Advantage podcast.

  • Major Levison Wood, author and documentary maker filming in both Russia and Ukraine
  • Captain John Foreman CBE RN, former British Defence Attaché to Moscow and Kyiv. Specialist in Russia, Ukraine and International Security. 

Closing Address - Warrant Officer Class One Paul Carney, Army Sergeant Major.

Watch the full Conference 23 Video

CAL Conference 23 - Creating Effective Followership