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Thurs 19th Oct 2023
The Oval, London.

3 Incredible tracks, 30+ Amazing speakers to help you


Lieutenant Eugene Ligale

Officer In Charge of Maritime Trade Operations Training, British Royal Navy

Talk Title

Leadership Styles used in the Royal Navy


Eugene will be talking about his 22 years’ experience in the Royal Navy and citing one or two examples on the different styles of leadership he has had to encounter, and had to employ, viewed with a cultural lens. 


Eugene Ligale was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where he attended primary and high school before moving to the UK where he graduated from Staffordshire University with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Electronics for IT.  He joined the Royal Navy in 2001. 


Between 2001 and 2013, various sea appointments, courses and operational tours followed.  Including HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, HMS MANCHESTER, HMS NOTTINGHAM, HMS ARK ROYAL, HMS ARGYLL and HMS PROTECTOR. HNoMS TJEL, HNoMS RAVN and HNoMS ROALD AMUNDSEN during Navigation Exchange with Royal Norwegian Navy on completion of FNO course.  PWO Course and ICSC (M); Operational Tours in Bahrain, Kuwait and NCHQ CIS.


Eugene was appointed as Phase 2 Training Officer, Victory Squadron.  Overseeing the provision of Duty of Care organisation for all Phase 2 rating trainees in Maritime Warfare School.  Thereafter, a two-year appointment with the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) where he used his linguistic background (he speaks and understands 5 languages) and was primarily responsible for cultural, ethnic and linguistic support for military and maritime forces deploying to East and Southern Africa.  During this time he deployed to the Mediterranean in support of the migrant crisis, to Kenya in support of, mainly, Army units exercising and operating therein. While developing relationships with influential locals and facilitating key leader engagement.  He also briefed various stakeholders, including FCO, MIFC, LIFC, DI, DHU and DA’s.  On completion of this Eugene took up his post as Training Officer and thereafter SRLC course manager at the RNLA, in HMS Collingwood.  During a period of transformation, he was instrumental in the planning, delivery, and execution of new SRLC syllabus.  In his final posting as a Regular, Eugene was appointed to the Navy Safety Centre where he was responsible for the mandatory Annual Basic Safety Awareness Computer Based Training Course; contributed to the implementation of Maritime Safety Strategy 2018 (Safety Cultural Change within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines); delivered Safety Cultural Change Training to HODs, XOs and Cos and delivered of Human Factors Facilitation training.  He took up his FTRS (FC) role as OIC MTO RNR, in March 2022.


Eugene lives in Hampshire with his partner, their 2 daughters and 2 sons.  He enjoys rugby, travelling, language and culture, the cinema, music, cooking, and socialising.

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