Head of British Army to give public talk at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Jul 11, 2016 10:32 AM |
St Philip’s Centre / University of Leicester free event takes place in the University’s Centre for Medicine on 20 July at 1.45pm

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 July 2016

Image of Sir Nicholas Carter available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k9tyy6n1s9rys7h/AABH8cAFmsBECFJbsodthKnoa?dl=0

The head of the British Army General Sir Nicholas Carter is to deliver a keynote lecture at the University of Leicester on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 from 1.45pm-3pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Centre for Medicine, 15 Lancaster Road.

The event is a partnership between the University of Leicester and St Philip's Centre - an interfaith organisation that was set up to strengthen community integration through dialogue and understanding.

General Carter will describe the complex and dynamic strategic context in which the Army operates today and the corresponding importance of understanding the communities at home and overseas with which the Army interacts. He will also explore how the British Army is seeking to recruit and maximise talent from all parts of UK society and describe the Army's approach to values based leadership.

Jim Butler, Head of Corporate Events at the University of Leicester, said: “Debate and dialogue are core to the development of our knowledge and understanding, whether that be in the realm of academia or the wider world.  The University of Leicester is extremely proud to be able to offer and facilitate this unique opportunity for the people and communities of our diverse city to meet and engage with Sir Nicholas Carter and develop an understanding of his unique perspective of the world.”

Revd Dr Tom Wilson, Director of the St Philip's Centre, said: “The main aim of the St Philip's Centre is to help people to learn to live together, through facilitating encounters between different people which enable them to understand each other and develop trust and a desire to co-operate together. Sir Nicholas Carter’s lecture is a fantastic opportunity for a real meeting of minds and for honest conversations to take place as different perspectives are explored together.”

General Sir Nicholas Carter, who is Chief of the General Staff, joined the Army in 1977 as an 18 year old and joined The Royal Green Jackets, an infantry regiment. During his early career he served in Germany during the Cold War, in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, in Cyprus with the UN and in command of a battalion in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Latterly he has had tours of duty in Iraq as a brigade commander in 2003/4 and repeated tours of Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013. He was responsible on his first tour for the initial design of Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the Afghan National Army. He commanded 55,000 NATO troops in Regional Command South during the Afghan ‘surge’ and in his last tour led the transition process with the now President Ghani as the Deputy Commander of the NATO mission.

Between these deployments he has had appointments in personnel policy and training, running the Army’s Resources and Programme, as the Director of Land Warfare, and he was responsible for leading the team that reorganised the Army following the 2010 Security and Defence Review – what is known as Army 2020.

He has been the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army since 2014 and led the Army through the most recent Security and Defence Review in 2015. 

In order to register to attend the free public lecture, please go to: https://sirnickcarter.eventbrite.co.uk

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For more information contact Katie Morris at: kmm48@le.ac.uk

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