Mal is a creative, energetic and politically aware senior executive, leader and manager with over 30 years of experience in the military and academia. He has a wealth of strategic thinking and planning experience, focused on delivering improved outcomes with limited resources in the most demanding environments. Before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2017 as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategic Studies, Mal enjoyed a 30-year career in the Royal Air Force. This included overseas tours in Germany and America, 6 months directing coalition air strategy for Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, and numerous global deployments flying Tornado aircraft in the ground attack role. Mal established and directed the MOD's unmanned aircraft technology accelerator, was the director of post-graduate air warfare education for the UK armed forces, and spent three years crafting strategy for international relationships in the Ministry of Defence. His research interests focus on contemporary global political and military challenges. Mal is also a qualified advanced bicycle mechanic and wheel builder, and he is passionate about developing better mental health awareness.
Having spent his whole career involved in defence, and having seen the strategy formulation process (and its many flaws) up close during the last Strategic Defence and Security Review, Mal is keen to offer future MStrat students some insights into how they might best influence the formulation of strategy. He is particularly keen to highlight the dangers of groupthink, and the importance of constructive challenge.