It was nice to talk to you today,i have looked at your web site which brings back many memories.
As you know when Sea Containers sold the first part of Sealink to Stena I went with it and became a director of the company with responsibility for the development of the ships and ports, We rebuilt the ports of Fishguard, Holyhead and Harwich, and introduced many new ships including the world's largest high speed ferry.
In 1997 i was approached by the UK Government to head up a new agency - the Maritime and Coastguard Agency - as its first Chief Executive. The job was to join together the Coastguard and Marine Safety Agencies and ,bring them into the 21st century, thus reversing the decline of the British flag fleet. I stayed there until I retired in June 2003, when the fleet had increased by 200 per cent. In the 2003 New Years Honours list I was awarded a CB for my achievements. Needless to say i was quite chuffed.
on 1st Dec 2003 I took up the role of Chairman of Hatsu Marine, the UK subsidiary of Evergreen - the third largest container shipping company in the world.
In addition I am a non-executive director of James Fisher PLC and am on the Council and the Technical Committee of the RNLI -j ust to keep me busy.