Curriculum Vitae


A Chairman and Chief Executive with extensive experience in operational decision-making, resource management, change programme leadership, delivery of outcomes, human resources and governance. Accomplished at working with government ministers, ambassadors, senior military and civilian officials and an interactive network of private sector colleagues – at home and abroad. Through command responsibilities from junior officer to Admiral, I have developed highly regarded skills in leadership, tough decision making, influencing, resource challenges, delivery and innovation.

Experience and Achievements

Orchard Leadership. 2008 - today

As Maritime Security Advisor to Shell and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), I have advised on the fast deteriorating situation on international maritime crime, especially piracy. The two hotspots of particular concern are Nigeria and Somalia. I have visited Nigeria twice with a view to maritime security and made several recommendations which have been implemented. On piracy, I have represented OCIMF on Working Group 1 of the UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), attending meetings in London and Seoul. I have also represented the industry at meetings of the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Group in Bahrain. Throughout I am playing a leading role in the development of political, operational and practical responses to piracy and other maritime security issues working closely with the UK FCO.

With Evercore I provide strategic advice on national and international corporate finance issues, and assist with the development of new relationships. I am a member of the Board of the high technology company QinetiQ as an Independent Non-Executive Director. I am Chairman of the Aerospace, Defence and Maritime Practice at the reputation strategy consultancy, Regester Larkin as well as Chairman of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Chairman of the innovative start-up renewable energy company WITT Ltd.

As a provider of practical leadership advice, I have republished my booklet "Leadership in the Office" under the Orchard Leadership brand. Recent and current leadership engagements are with The Diocese of Wakefield, Macmillan Cancer Support, Newton Europe and the Windsor Leadership Trust.

Commander-in-Chief Fleet (Admiral) 2005 - 2007

Chief Executive and budget holder for the Royal Navy, with £3.6B annual resource budget and £18B assets under command, ranging from ballistic missile firing nuclear submarines to aircraft carriers; 35,000 people, including Royal Marines – with global reach and influence. In Full Command of men, women and their capabilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gulf, Arabian Sea and worldwide from the Far East to the Falkland Islands.

Achieved the merger of the Fleet operations budget with the RN HR and Training budgets and management areas. Also assumed responsibility for resource programming all upkeep and maintenance of Fleet assets. A threefold increase taken on and integrated within one year.

Under continuing extensive resource pressure, rolled out a far reaching programme of experimentation and innovation, with a focus on outcomes rather than outputs.

Second Sea Lord (Vice Admiral) 2003-2005

Board Director for Personnel with responsibilities ranging from recruiting and training to development and implementation of diversity and equal opportunity policies.

Brought about major change in focus of HR policies and decision making to care more for the individual, rather than application of rules. Driven through greater devolution to the front line of HR decision making.

Personally headed a vigorous campaign to accelerate leadership development and the application of Investors in People principles throughout the RN and RM.

Commander UK Maritime Forces (Rear Admiral) 2001-2003

The Navy's seagoing battle group commander in HMS Illustrious at the time of "9/11". Urgent refocusing from a training deployment with 50 subordinate commands, to anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan, the Gulf and adjacent areas. All operational demands met with the minimum of planning time.

Personal Details

Lives in Devon on a 10 acre smallholding. Wife (Mary) part time Consultant in Palliative Medicine, formerly as Medical Director of the Plymouth based St Luke's Service, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon.

Younger Brother Trinity House
Freeman of City of London
Alumnus, lecturer and course chairman Windsor Leadership Trust
Companion of Institute of Leadership and Management
Independent Non-Executive Director QinetiQ Group
Member Audit, Remuneration and Security Committees, QinetiQ
Member Audit and Remuneration Committees, QinetiQ
Chairman, Trustee and Director of Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Chairman, Remuneration Committee of Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Chairman, Witt Ltd
Honorary Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Governor of Stowe School; member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Member, Institute of Directors
President, HMS Ganges Association

Author of numerous journal articles
Highly IT literate
Experienced public speaker, particularly on leadership.

Interests: Family, the countryside, sailing and tennis.