Curriculum Vitae

Sir James Burnell-Nugent, experienced Chairman and Non-Executive

Since leaving the Royal Navy in 2008 as Commander-in-Chief, Sir James has developed a wealth of experience as a Non-Executive Chairman and Board Member, and as a Senior Advisor in the Private Sector. He has proven abilities in strong leadership, good governance and navigating highly complex issues of crisis, reputation or under-performance from Start-up to FTSE 250.

Sir James had a successful career in the Royal Navy commanding submarines, frigates and an aircraft carrier. Unusually he also had a secondment to HM Treasury. His three senior appointments were on the Admiralty Board as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief. In these he successively had responsibility for strategy, communications, personnel, corporate affairs (eg risk, ethics, legal) and operations.

As C-in-C, effectively CEO of the Royal Navy, he was responsible for a budget of £3.6B and all global RN activity. Key innovations included trebling asset utilisation through crew rotation, rather than platform rotation, and breaking the political mould by deploying a NATO maritime force outside the traditional NATO Area of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

In the 11 years since leaving, Sir James has built a second successful career as a Non-Executive. He has an enviable reputation for leadership, energy, excellent governance, risk oversight, strong ethical behaviours and firm but fair chairmanship, especially if confronted with poor performance.