Canberra Fellow’s Breakfast Event



date & time

23/10/2019 - 7:30 am to 9:00 am

IML’s Fellows’ and Associate Fellows’ Breakfast is back, and this year we’re thrilled to be joined by a Fellow of the institute Paul Hughes, Wing Commander Australian Air Force Cadets, winner of 2018 IML’s prestigious Sir John Storey Outstanding Intentional Leader Award.


There are many theories on how you should act in situations that demand sound leadership and the inclusion of ethical choices. Paul will provide insight into how he has incorporated ethical leadership and emotional intelligence in the various leadership roles and styles he has held over his career.

Paul will share 3 stages of his career which include Military, Corporate and Volunteering.  He will discuss how he had to modify and adapt his leadership style in the corporate environment. This included stakeholder management, collaborative leadership and creating a culture of accountability. Paul will highlight how he adapted the lessons he learnt to effectively manage the needs of a very diverse volunteer ‘workforce’ of over 2600 people.

Key takeaways include methods of incorporating different ethical leadership characteristics into your adaptive leadership approach to ensure you get the results you desire.


Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers, hear Paul speak on the topic of Ethical Leadership and join the conversation during question time.

We look forward to seeing you at this not to be missed event!


Registrations from 7:00am with a sit down breakfast provided with tea and coffee


Paul Hughes JP FIML MAICD,

Wing Commander, Officer Commanding 3 Wing – Australian Air Force Cadet

Paul was born in the UK and grew up in Old Trafford, next door to the Manchester United Football Club!  Paul had a fulfilling career with the Royal Air Force before retiring and moving into the HR and recruitment field.

Emigrating to Australia in 2008 with his Wife Anne and Son Rhys, Paul was invited to become involved with the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) as a Flying Instructor.  However, this soon morphed into taking on more responsibility initially commanding one squadron of 90 cadets and staff  and then two years later being appointed as the Officer Commanding 3 Wing, (NSW & ACT) the largest of 8 Wings in the AAFC with 40 Squadrons and 6 Flights consisting of over 2300 cadets and 400 staff from Lismore down to Canberra.

Paul also has a day job in the employee assistance program (EAP) and mental health field providing short term solutions focused support and wellbeing services that addresses the challenges people face in their work and life journey. Paul spends a lot of time presenting on these issues increasing people’s awareness of stress anxiety and depression and the need to remove the stigma people attach to mental illness.

In his spare time, Paul is a soccer referee and Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of Cumberland RSL Sub-Branch. He has been described by his colleagues as the ‘ideas man’!

In 2018 Paul was awarded the inaugural Sir John Storey Intentional Leadership Award by the Institute of Managers and Leaders for his inspirational leadership in transforming 3 Wing and inspiring people by the motto developed by his team under his leadership: “setting the standard, leading the way”.



Venue Website:

18 National Circuit Barton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2600, Australia