October 19th 2016

Learning to be a future leader

Exercise Future Leader

Employees from across the East Midlands have taken part in an activity based around the military’s approach to leadership.

Exercise Future Leader took place at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottingham, on Saturday 15 October, when participants took part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities designed to enhance their management and leadership skills.

The target audience for the event was those not yet in managerial roles or individuals who are in the early part of their managerial career.

Participants included employees from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottingham Trent University.

Showing the way at Future LeadersJohn Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Leadership theory sessions took place during the morning, including syndicate discussions on the qualities of a good leader and the Army’s values and leadership code. This learning was then put in to practice in the afternoon when teams worked together to solve practical problems on a purpose built command task area.”

Major Lloyd Hankins, Unit Employment Support Officer and Exercise Future Leader event organiser, from 162 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, said: “This a fantastic opportunity for the Army and local civilian professionals to network and share ideas.  The event also gave aspiring managers a perspective of how the Army approaches leadership and management.”

Employee quotes

Sarah Hunter of Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust with her certificate having completed the Future Leaders eventStaff Nurse Sarah Hunter from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Sarah said: “I wanted to take part in this event as I work in a team based environment. I would like to improve my style of leadership and my delegation skills. I had not taken part in anything like this before but I am sure that this event has helped me to develop these skills.”


Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Crew Manager Patrick Carnan.

Patrick said: “As a Crew Manager in the fire service it is always good to look at how other services carry out leadership training. Picking up new hints, tips and procedures in a practical sense will allow me to cascade this information back to my own service.”

melanie-king-of-nottingham-trent-university-right-taking-part-in-the-future-leader-exerciseNottingham Trent University’s Melanie King, Nottingham Law School Employability Coordinator.

Melanie said: “I wanted to take part in the event to further develop my leadership skills and networks, as well as to look at ways to support our students to further enhance their leadership skills and graduate employability.”

A full gallery of pictures from the day is available at

“This a fantastic opportunity for the Army and local civilian professionals to network and share ideas."