LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Earlier this month, Major Will Meddings and Professor Lloyd Clark from the United Kingdom's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst visited Bucknell to discuss leadership perspectives within the Academy. Sandhurst is one of the most prestigious military training institutes in the world, often descibed as the UK's equivalent of West Point.
Maj. Meddings serves as the Leadership Officer within Sandhurst's Centre for Army Leadership. After studying at Oxford University and attending The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he commissioned into The Royal Anglian Regiment in 2003. During his time in the Army his appointments have included commanding a platoon in the Brigade Operations Company in Basra; an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team living and fighting alongside an Afghan Army infantry company in Helmand; an infantry battalion’s signal platoon, and a 100-strong infantry company providing incident response to the multinational force in Kabul. He has also deployed to Helmand as part of the Afghan Police mentoring headquarters, working on setting up the Helmand Police Training Centre.
Most recently he worked as Military Assistant to the civil service Chief of Materiel for Joint Enablers at Defence Equipment and Support in Bristol. During this time he completed an MSc at Cranfield University on building trust between teams, publishing the results in the RUSI Journal. He took up the leadership development role at the Centre for Army Leadership in July 2016.
Prof. Clark is the senior research academic at the Centre for Army Leadership at Sandhurst. In addition to this role he is a senior member of the Department of War Studies and Professor of Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute.
Prof. Clark has lectured around the world to various universities, military institutions and think tanks, and his publications include books on the First and Second World Wars as well as more recent conflicts including the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. His numerous academic papers reflect his research interests in leadership and command; military lesson learning; training and education and the conduct of operations.
Maj. Meddings and Prof. Clark were in the United States traveling to different institutions to engage in conversation on leadership. Sandhurst's Centre for Army Leadership is a new initiative, as the British Army is just now starting to formalize leadership education and training. They presented an overview of the history of military leadership in the UK, as well as an outline of the key leadership philospohies that are now being presented to Sandhurst cadets.
While at Bucknell, the duo had sessions with student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff, and representatives from additional departments around the university. They were scheduled to make their first visit to West Point after departing Bucknell.
"We are grateful to Major Will Meddings and Dr. Lloyd Clark for taking the time to visit with Bison Athletics," said Lauren Wicklund, associate director of athletics for leadership development. "Their visit gave us valuable insight and perspectives into critical areas of leadership development. And they were just as eager to learn from us, which made for some great conversation. We look forward to many future collaborations."