UKHO appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Employment & Skills | South West

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The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes as the new Chief Executive and Accounting Officer. Peter will be leaving the Royal Navy to take up the role.

As Chief Executive, Peter will continue to lead the organisation’s important work in supporting safe, secure and thriving oceans. This includes the UKHO’s vital work in support of Defence and merchant shipping. Working in close collaboration with national and international partners, the organisation will also continue to develop ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions to support the responsible and sustainable use of our marine environment.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter said: “It is an enormous privilege to have been selected to be the UK Hydrographic Office’s permanent Chief Executive. I am delighted to be able to continue working with the UKHO’s fantastic team, Defence and our allies, and our marine partners to help safeguard our sea lanes and those operating in the maritime sector. Going forward, UKHO will continue to meet the evolving needs of mariners around the world, contributing fully to the development of the IHO’s second generation of electronic charting and digital services, the S-100 data standard.

“As part of the Ministry of Defence, UKHO plays a key role in supporting the UK’s national security. Our teams will continue to provide defence partners with the decision support, data and expertise they need to conduct military operations. We also join the international community in recognising that many of our vital marine environments are under threat from overexploitation and the damaging effects of climate change. With this, we will continue work with governments, NGOs and commercial partners to support the protection and sustainable use of our oceans.”

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