UK Army Officer Henry Willi shares his insights on innovation based on his operational experience and from his time as commander of the jHub, the official innovation hub for the UK’s Strategic Command. He explains why your network is your net worth and how they enable people and organizations to think differently. Joe and Henry also discuss how leadership and culture play critical roles in fostering innovation.
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Henry commissioned into the 1st Bn The Parachute Regiment in 2004. Operational history ranges from being a Pl Comd in South Armagh, Baghdad and Fort Hunter, as well as Chief of Staff of the UK Counterterrorism (CT) Task Force in Afghanistan, and a CT advisor in East Africa working alongside the Foreign Office. He has also led a Squadron in Northern Iraq, during which time they coined the term ‘Information and Resistance Operations’ and developed a number of novel digital targeting applications. Recently, he deployed to Kabul as Chief of Defence Staff’s’ Liaison Officer to the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, General Scott Miller.
He has pursued a number of unconventional opportunities. He was seconded to Google for a year to understand what Defence might learn from a world-class innovative company, helped General Sir Chris Deverell set up Strategic Command’s innovation unit – the jHub, and in 2019 joined the Army’s Advanced Development Program, which teaches data driven, McKinsey business skills.
He is currently studying for an MBA, is a Forward Institute Fellow, and co-producer of the podcast, Reimagining Defence.