Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

Dr Frank Ledwidge

  • Qualifications: MA (Oxf), PhD, Barrister
  • Role Title: Senior Fellow
  • Address: Portsmouth Business School @ Cranwell, Whittle Hall, Royal Air Force College, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8HB
  • Telephone: 01400 266 624
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  • Department: Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I spent fifteen years at the front end of British foreign policy, dealing with problems such as torture, human trafficking and war crimes. Prior to that, after a law degree at Oxford University and Bar school in London, I worked for seven years as a barrister in my home town of Liverpool and throughout the North of England, working mostly in the criminal and family jurisdictions. 

In Kosovo, Albania, the Former Soviet Union, Afghanistan and Ethiopia I was involved at the highest levels of government in international human rights protection, criminal law reform, and institution building. In Libya I worked on essential stabilisation during and after the conflict, focusing on justice and security. 

I served for 17 years as a reserve military officer rising to Head of the professional Branch in which I served. As a soldier in Bosnia I commanded a multi-national team hunting war criminals. In Iraq I commanded a small unit tasked with looking for non-existent WMD, with somewhat less success! 

I hold law degrees from Oxford and Huddersfield Universities and received my doctorate in war studies from Kings College London in 2015.  I remain a qualified barrister.


Contemporary operations and strategy


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