A Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP) was delivered to the Regional Security System (RSS) and other Caribbean regional delegates at St Ann’s Fort, St Michael, Barbados between 2 and 6 September 19.
A strong cohort of 28 delegates was drawn from across the Caribbean and included personnel from Barbados, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Royal Grenada, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat and St Kitts & Nevis. The organisations represented included senior leaders from national defence and police forces, the Barbados Prime Minister’s office, the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), the prison service, emergency management, the fire service, customs & excise, civil aviation and the RSS.
The SLP Caribbean follows a series of Defence Academy International Section regional deliveries over the last couple of years. These regional deliveries have proved to be extremely successful in forging ever greater links between the UK and Caribbean and among emerging leaders within the region itself. It also provided a tool for multiple actors to improve their influence and access with many delegates from across the region forging relationships which may well prove to be highly beneficial in supporting cross-regional cooperation in the future. The British High Commissioner’s and Defence Advisor’s involvement also had a very positive effect on the delegates, with Her Excellency Janet Douglas opening the SLP and taking the opportunity, at a reception on the first evening, to engage widely with the delegates, senior Barbadian government and Barbados Defence Force staff and US military advisors.
The SLP Caribbean proved to be a very successful course achieving a Defence Systems Approach to Training score of 4.5. The delegates were senior leaders within their respective nations; experienced, enthusiastic and contributed fully and candidly throughout the programme.