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Leadership Lessons from a Global Airline to be explored at RCSI Lessons in Leadership Lecture Series

12 February 2014

Brendan Noonan, Senior Vice President of Group Learning and Development at Emirates Group will present a talk entitled ‘Leadership Lessons from a Global Airline Company' this evening as part of the RCSI Institute of Leadership Lecture Series. This is the third lecture of the 2013/2014 RCSI Lessons in Leadership Series which will be delivered to approximately 100 health professionals at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin.

Speaking ahead of the lecture Mr Noonan said: ‘Leaders must have vision, develop a strategy and implement it correctly, and implementation can only be achieved through development of staff that have the skills knowledge and attributes to deliver a safe customer focused service.'

Mr Brendan Noonan, Senior Vice-President of Group Learning and Development, Emirates Group 

Mr Noonan lecture will present the story of how Emirates Airline has become a global aviation company and will outline the leadership steps that had to be taken to achieve success.

Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Director of the RCSI Institute of Leadership said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Brendan Noonan at this evening's 'Lessons in Leadership' lecture. With organisations in the healthcare sector and beyond becoming increasingly large-scale, complex and globalised, there will be numerous invaluable insights from the global airline industry which are relevant to those in positions of leadership across many sectors.'

Pictured (l-r) are Mr Brendan Noonan, Senior Vice-President of Group Learning and Development, Emirates Group; Professor Ciaran O'Boyle, Director of the RCSI Institute of Leadership; and Mr Dermot O'Flynn, Director of Professional Development & Corporate Training, RCSI Institute of Leadership.

Brendan Noonan is an aviation veteran having worked in the industry for more than 30 years. In his current roles for the Emirates Group which incorporates Emirates airline and DNATA , the world's 4th largest ground handling company, he is responsible for the learning and development needs of over 65,000 staff worldwide (excluding Engineering, Cabin Crew & Flight Crew) and manages a team of 176 staff. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, he has just completed 21 years with the company based in Dubai, having started in 1992 following earlier positions in London and Bahrain with Thomas Cook, London Olympic Airways and Gulf Air. He has travelled extensively and has delivered service training programmes and strategy development programmes for many different airlines, hotels and banks worldwide, during his career.

In 2011 he was requested by An Taoiseach to participate in the Global Irish Economic Forum with a select group of key Irish business people from across the globe. The objective was to look at options that could help the country develop its GDP and assist the Irish Government in finding solution to its financial crisis.

Lecture attendees enjoying Brendan Noonan's talk

Emirate's accolades under Brendan's remit include Aviation Business Magazine's - Education & Training Provider of the year award for 2012/2013 in the Middle East region; Distinction in Learning & Development at the 2012 Annual MENA HR Awards, Group Learning & Development; and e-Learning Program of the Year 2013 from Skillsoft and Xpert Learning.

Brendan is a MBA Graduate of the Bradford School of Business UK, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistic & Transport and a member of the American Society for Training & Development. He is also a board member of the London Business School - Global Business Consortium.

Pictured (l-r) are Sibeal Carolan, Programme Director and Lecturer, RCSI Institute of Leadership, Dr. Rachel Kidney, St. James's Hospital, Dublin and Sarah McCormack, Clinical Programmes Manager, HSE

The RCSI Institute of Leadership is Ireland's only third level institution dedicated exclusively to developing the leadership and management capacity of health professionals. While the Institute is a fully academic institution, it maintains close connections with the world of healthcare delivery and its programmes are characterised by flexibility, speed of response, customer service and a blended learning approach that allows our students to learn while continuing to work. The Institute has campuses in Dublin, Bahrain & Dubai and it also deliver programmes in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Lessons in Leadership Lecture Series is free of charge but registration is essential in order to guarantee a place. For further information and to register visit:  

2013/2014 Programme

6pm, 12th February 2014

Mr Brendan Noonan, Vice President Learning & Development, Emirates Airline, Dubai , UAE
‘Leadership Lessons from a Global Airline Company'

6pm, 14th May 2014

Mr Jimmy Sheehan, Galway Clinic
‘The Leadership Challenge in the Private Healthcare Sector'

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.