Leadership and Management in conflict

Unstoppable leader

Start Date: 28 Mar 2018

Start Time: 6:30 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 45

Venue: Mallusk Enterprise Park, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

Admission price: Free

Understand the role of leadership and management in conflict and relief situations.

Join us for this event where our speakers Steve Aitken and Doug Beattie, MLA Stormont, will share skills and first-hand experiences of leading others in conflict situations.


Dr Steve Aitken OBE MLA

Dr Aiken is the Chief Whip of the Ulster Unionist Party and is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Antrim in Northern Ireland. Steve has had a varied career pre –politics, including being the Chief Executive of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and being CEO at a major University. Previously he served for 30 years in the Royal Navy, in many senior operational roles, including commanding two nuclear powered submarines, being Joint Plans Officer for operations in the Middle-East in 2002-04 (for which Steve was awarded the OBE and the US Meritorious Service Medal), and working as a senior staff officer in various NATO maritime operational headquarters. Steve also headed up the UK MoD’s Global Strategic Trends programme and worked on the UK and NATO’s security strategy, and co-authored classified studies on European Security, the High North and was a lead author on the Future Character of Conflict study; a study which critically examined the role of western military power, hybrid and asymmetric conflict and predicting the extensive use of non-state actors and modern social media in the spectrum of conflict. Steve holds a PhD and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a MA from KCL in Defence Studies.

Douglas Beattie MC

Douglas Ricardo Beattie MC is chiefly known for his exploits as a soldier. “Born in barracks” in 1965, his father was a warrant officer in the Royal Ulster Rifles. The family settled in Portadown when he was 10 following the cessation of his father’s regular service but saw Beattie Snr enlist into the Ulster Defence Regiment shortly after.
At the age of 16 in 1982 he joined the Royal Irish Rangers which later became the Royal Irish Regiment in 1992, and in over 28 years of service rose from the rank of “Ranger” to that of Regimental sergeant manor before being commissioned and gaining promotion t captain.
His exploits in Afghanistan earned him the Military cross and following his return he published the first of two books, An Ordinary Soldier, which became an immediate best seller in the United Kingdom and propelled him into the public eye.
After retiring from the army he joined the Ulster Unionist Party and successfully stood for a seat in a Portadown ward of Craigavon Borough council. As of May 2016, Doug is an Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann.
Doug joined the Ulster Unionist Party and was elected to Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council in the Portadown area during the 2014 council elections.
On Saturday 7th May 2016 he was elected as an MLA for the Upper Bann Constituency.

Additional Information

Parking is available on-site.  Report to reception area upon arrival.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at networks.support@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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