2016 Guest Speakers


Colonel (Retd) Roland Ladley MBE

Lecturer in LEADERSHIP; head of leadership development

Roland Ladley has been leading and managing people since he was eighteen. 25 years' military service saw him lead officers and soldiers on operations in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.  Working with the UN in West Africa as Chief of Staff of UNAMSIL, he was responsible for a multinational headquarters of over one hundred men and women drawn from thirty different nationalities. 

During the latter stages of the troubles in Northern Ireland his span of command reached over a thousand.  Whilst commanding his Battalion of 700 men and women, the unit was colloquially billed as the 'happiest in the Army'. He has also led two large civil service teams and most recently, as a late starting school teacher at Assistant Head level, he was responsible for a 600 pupil school's co-curricular programme.


Edward Fitzgerald LLB QC CBE


Edward Fitzgerald is one of the foremost human rights lawyers in the world. He has featured in many of the leading cases involving high profile defendants, extradition, appeals against miscarriages of justice, and international law.

Amongst others he has defended Silvio Berlusconi, Myra Hindley, Abu Qatada, Boris Berezovsky, Akhmed Zakayev (the Deputy Prime Minister of Chechnya), Michael Missick (the Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands) and the Chief Justice of Gibraltar, Derek Schofield. 

He has argued cases around the world, and has given many lectures and seminars throughout the world, including Hungary, Russia, France, Hong Kong, Barbados and Belize. He is the author with Keir Starmer QC of “ A Guide To Sentencing In Capital Cases”. 

Edward will address Oxford Future Leaders on the subject of law, human rights, and the death penalty in a flagship lecture held in the college.