20th November 2019: External Event – The Leaders Club Dinner, Blending In and Standing Out – Liverpool

Blending In and Standing Out: Gender Equality and Leadership in the Modern Royal Navy

The Leaders Club invite you to their dinner in Liverpool, with guest speaker Commodore Ellie Ablett.

Commodore Ellie Ablett is a real force within the Royal Navy, her exemplary career illustrates what is possible for women in the Armed Forces. She will talk to us about her experience of joining the Navy after its amalgamation with the WRNS and her journey though the ranks to become one of the most senior women in the Navy today as well as her aspirations for the Navy and Defence more widely, as both a public servant and a woman leader.

As the new 1 Star Military lead for Defence People Transformation in the Ministry of Defence, Commodore Ablett is charged with delivering a genuine step change to improve the way we manage our people across the Whole Force who serve to protect the people of the UK, prevent conflict and be prepared to fight our enemies.

About Commodore Ellie Ablett

The daughter of an RAF Officer, Commodore Ablett read Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford, before joining the Royal Navy in 1993 in the first wave of women to join on the same terms as men following the integration of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Having enjoyed a varied career as a Logistics Officer at sea and ashore as well as planning for, and deployed on, joint operations, she developed specific expertise in Personnel and Training through roles in Pay and Allowances Policy and Branch Management. As a Captain, she had the privilege to serve for two years as the Secretary to the First Sea Lord followed by two years as the Commanding Officer of HMS RALEIGH, responsible for delivery of Initial Naval Training for Ratings and the safe and efficient operation of a major Naval Training Establishment. On promotion to Commodore, she served as Head of People Capability in Navy Command Headquarters working in collaboration with the Head of Navy People Strategy and her fellow leaders in Navy Command and across Defence to optimise our single most important capability, our People.

Commodore Ablett is an alumni of the Windsor Leadership Trust programme and of Advanced Command and Staff Course, where she earned an MA in Defence Studies and the Cormorant Fellowship for academic excellence. With a real passion for talent management and promoting inclusive leadership and followership, she established a professional network for women across the Naval Service in 2013, which she continues to champion. Her contribution was recognised in the New Years’ Honours List in 2014 with the award of the MBE. Her commitment to supporting other women and the Royal Navy’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda has also been acknowledged by the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Champion Award in 2018. She is also a Vice President of RN Rugby Union.

Commodore Ablett lives in the Brecon Beacons National Park with her husband, Simon, a former Royal Navy Officer who now runs his own outdoor sports coaching and guiding business. She is happiest outdoors, enjoying hiking, swimming, cycling and stand up paddleboarding and spends any remaining spare time reading or pottering in her garden.

Date: Wednesday 20th November

Time: 18:30 arrival for 19:00 start.

Location: Aloft Liverpool, 1 North John Street, Liverpool L2 5QW

Register now

If you are not an officer, spouse or partner, but would still like to attend this event, please register here.

We have agreed that officers registered with the OA can buy tickets at TLC members price of £40

Your name and email will be shared with The Leaders Club for the purpose of this event

About the Leaders Club

At The Leaders Club, their motto is ‘Bringing Great Minds Together’, and their vision is to inspire each other with inspiring speakers at inspiring venues.

It is a unique forum for members to exchange ideas and best practice and develop new approaches. It is an unparalleled networking organisation, where members are encouraged to use their expertise and experience to inspire leaders of the future.

The Officers’ Association (OA) has secured a corporate membership with The Leaders Club, a networking group that meets nationwide. This will allow up to 20 serving or former officers from the OA community to join their monthly networking events. If you wish to attend simply click ‘Register’; places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.