Victor Dobbin retired from the British Army in 2000 having been Chaplain General
(Major General) for a period of five and a half years. It was during his years
as Chaplain General that he became interested in the development of one aspect
of Army Doctrine - “The Moral Component of Fighting Power” and was involved with
the introduction of a mandatory package of training on values for military
personnel called “Moral Understanding.”
On leaving the Army he was awarded a Churchill
Fellowship that enabled him to travel to the United States of America as well as
to Holland and Germany to study and examine how ethics is being developed and
taught within the Professions in these countries. Harvard University, Notre Dame
University, Calvin College, Georgetown University as well as Tubingin in Germany
and Nyenrode in Holland were included in the itinerary.
Since then he has established a charity on Leadership and Ethics. In his
capacity as Director of this charity, he has been working closely with the
Military as well as with the Police Services in different parts of Europe. In
addition to organising conferences on “Ethics” for European Armed Forces, he has
also lectured at international military conferences in Switzerland, South Korea
and Sri Lanka.
The following are some of his engagements relating to Leadership and Ethics:
Business and University
Lectured on the MBA (Master of Business Administration) course at Queen’s
Oct 2004: “Instilling values through Leadership – Values-driven Leadership”;
Oct 2004: “Business Ethics”;
Feb 2006: Conducted a three-day module on Leadership;
Feb 2010: Conducted a three-day module on Business Ethics.
The University of Ulster: Served as a member of the Research Ethics Committee
2004 - 2006.
29th June 2004: Brigade Commander’s
Study Day - 8Bde (Ballykelly) - Lecture on Military Ethics.
2nd Nov 2004: General Officer
Commanding, Northern Ireland - Study Day Lecture on “Values and Standards for
the Army of 2010”.
14 - 18th Sept 2004: International
Conference in South Korea. Lecture on “Military Leadership and Religion”.
28th Oct 2004: 2 Div Chaplains
Conference, Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport. Lecture on “Leadership and
14th -19th April 2005: Military
Conference in Sri Lanka. Two lectures on Military ethics and Leadership.
5th -7th Feb. 2006: Lecturer on Military
ethics and Leadership at a conference in Salisbury, Sarum College, for ACCTS
4-6 Oct 2006: Shared in a joint
presentation of a paper at a Military Conference held in Amsterdam on the theme,
“The Moral Dimension of Asymmetrical Warfare”.
Sept 2007: Delivered a lecture on
Military Ethics in Germany to over 120 British Army Officers prior to their
departure to Afghanistan.
Sept. 21st 2009 Keynote speaker at
Baeksoek University’s first academic symposium on Military ethics.
Oct. 22nd 2009 Delivered a lecture on
‘Military Ethics’ at the Defence University in Bucharest.
Nov.6th 2009 Guest lecturer on Military
Ethics at the Defence University, Budapest.
May 7th 2010 Guest lecturer at
Commander’s Study Day in Lisburn, N. Ireland. Military Ethics.
He is presently a member of the Learning Advisory Council of the Police Service
of Northern Ireland and together with a colleague has been researching and
developing programmes on Police Ethics.
Also he is associate Tutor for the Leadership Academy for Policing at Bramshill,
April 2003: Designed a conference
programme for Centrex on “Developing and Sustaining a Reputation of Trust”. The
Conference, held in Slovenia, was attended by Police Officers from the then ten
Accession Countries to the European Union. Delivered 11 lectures at this
conference and held two workshops.
November 2003: Lectured and acted as
Moderator for an afternoon session on Police Ethics at a conference organised by
the Council of Europe in Riga, Latvia.
June 2004: Gave three lectures on Police
Ethics at a conference organised by CEPOL in Budapest. Those who attended were
from the West Balkan States.
October 2006 – June 2007: Engaged as an
expert in ‘professional police ethics’ in Ankara with a colleague on the ethics
component of a major programme designed to enhance the professionalism of the
Turkish Gendarmerie in its law enforcement activities. The programme of activity
has involved scoping the existing ethics text books and training curricula in
use within the Gendarmerie, researching national, European and international
materials on the subject of professional police ethics, delivery of lectures on
the subject and the formulation of a draft Code of Ethics for the Gendarmerie.
April 2007/May 2007 delivered four
lectures on Leadership and Ethics at each of these two Conferences in Moscow
sponsored by the Council of Europe for senior Law Enforcement Officers. The aim
was to emphasise the importance given by the Council of Europe to Leadership,
Ethics and Human Rights as they impact on policing.
March 8-12 2010 lecturer at
conference on Human Rights and Ethics organised by NI-CO for Security Guard
March 18-19, 2010. Chairman and lecturer
at Seminar on Management and Police Ethics held in Antalya, Turkey for senior
officers of the National Police Force.
He holds an MA Degree from Trinity College Dublin as well as the MTh and PhD
degrees from Queens University Belfast. In 1995 he was awarded the Honorary
Degree of Doctor of Theology by the Presbyterian Theological Faculty in Ireland.
In 1980 he was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire MBE and in the year 2000 was made Companion of the Most Excellent Order
of the Bath CB.
He is married to Rosemary and they have two married children and five
grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, walking and reading.