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Thursday Conversation – Lt Col Sulle Alhaji
3rd October 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Born in Newcastle, Sulle joined the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in June 1978 and was posted to Germany, his first active duty was in 1979 in Northern Ireland. In 1982 he took part in the Falklands War where his unit captured Mt Longdon. In 1984 he served 6 months on an operational tour in the jungle of Belize protecting the border.
In 1986 he transferred into the Royal Army Physical Training Corps where he ensured each unit he served with was physically fit to be deployed for any operation worldwide, this is also where he learnt the skills to be an effective mentor. During this time, he conducted another tour of Northern Ireland. He was promoted up through the ranks and commissioned to the rank of Captain in 2000. Gaining much experience (and further promotion) through a variety of jobs he was selected for Lieutenant Colonel and responsible for designing the assurance process for all physical, adventurous and sport development in the Army. In 2017, he took on his current assignment as director of the Army Youth Outreach Team, responsible for identifying opportunities to engage with diverse youth communities across the country. During this assignment he was awarded a commendation for an act of bravery from the Chief of General Staff.
Lieutenant Colonel Sulle Alhaji has an interesting story of overcoming adversity, social mobility bullying, dealing with dyslexia and much more. He uses his story to mentor disenfranchised youths, this includes students such as those at pupil referral units or in secure homes. His story is changing the way some youths think about their own situation and is receiving very encouraging feedback from the students and teachers.