0 0 Leadership Lecture series, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Defence Forces.

1st lecture of the RCSI Leadership Lecture Series 2015-16 takes place.

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Irish Defence Forces, was the guest speaker at tonight’s RCSI Institute of Leadership Lecture Series: ‘Lessons in Leadership’. The lecture was delivered to more than 100 health professionals at 6pm in the Albert Lecture Theatre, RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.


Members of the RCSI IOL team, CEO Prof Cathal Kelly & President Mr Declan Magee welcome Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. 

Vice Admiral Mellett’s talk focused on leadership in a military setting and developing leadership talent in the officer ranks. He also discussed his career journey from a naval officer to Chief of Staff. This was one of his first public engagements following his appointment by the Irish Government as Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces on 29th September. He is the first naval officer to be appointed to this position. 

Professor Ciarán O’ Boyle, Director of the RCSI Institute of Leadership said: “We are delighted to welcome one of the Defence Forces’ most experienced leaders - Vice Admiral Mark Mellett to deliver this evening’s 'Lessons in Leadership’ lecture. As a change leader in the Irish Defence Forces for more than two decades, contributing to the ongoing transformation of the forces, we look forward to hearing his insights into the importance of developing strong leadership talent during times of change, which is highly relevant to those who work in a healthcare setting.”


 Vice Admiral Mark Mellett & Prof Ciaran O'Boyle.

Prior to his current position, Vice Admiral Mellett was the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces where he had responsibility for materiel and support functions, including personnel, finance and logistics in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.  He has 38 years’ service, much of it seagoing, including three naval commands. In addition to citations for service in Afghanistan (2004) and Lebanon (1989), in 1994 he was decorated by the Irish State, receiving “The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)” for intercepting a major maritime narcotics shipment.

Vice Admiral Mellett is a founding and governing authority member of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) which acts as a stimulant for enterprise and job creation in the maritime and renewable energy spheres. His qualifications include a PhD in Political Science from the National University of Ireland, Galway and he is a distinguished graduate of the US Naval War College. He has a keen interest in research and has been a member of the European Security Research Innovation Forum (ESRIF) and has published on innovation, security, governance and maritime affairs.


Vice Admiral Mark Mellett & Mr Declan Magee.