The Leadership Lounge discusses Military Leadership in politics with Jonny Ball.
Jonny’s civilian career has seen him run campaigns at every level of government, from local to National & European elections and across the veterans’ sector including project managing Deloitte’s Veterans Work campaign and as a consultant to Defence charities. Vitally, his experience from the time he led an MOD’s employer relationship management team has meant that he has become a trusted networker within the armed forces community. His lengthy Army Reservist service includes operational tours of Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. In 2013, following a tour of Afghanistan the previous year, he was awarded a Commander Land Forces’ Commendation for his work as a Pashto Linguist and Intelligence Analyst. This resume of political experience, veterans affairs knowledge and military service places Jonny in a unique position as the UK’s pioneer of transferable military skills to wider UK civil society. He has been the Reserve Forces Reserve Mentor on Reservist Mental Health at the MOD, work that helped extend the offer of ‘Op Courage’ to the Reservist community, and is host of ‘Veterans In Politics’ podcast, interviewing veterans from across the globe who have ‘stood up to serve again.’ In September 2023, he will be competing in the Invictus Games as part of Team UK as part of his own recovery journey through sport.