Alan Phillips replaced Barbara Fletcher as director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
. Phillips officially took up his new role on December 1.
Joining the Navy straight from school, Phillips gained experience as a captain of a variety of vessels, including HMS Phoebe and HMS Endurance. He has also been involved in a number of maritime incidents including the search and rescue operation following the Piper Alpha disaster. Prior to taking voluntary retirement form the Navy in 2001, he held policy-making positions with NATO and the Royal Marines.
After 13 years of service, Barbara Fletcher is retiring at the end of December. Although she hopes to maintain her links with the Institute, Barbara plans to pursue a consultancy role in the shipping industry.