UK Hydrographic Office Appoints New National Hydrographer

The UK Hydrographic Office has appointed Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff BA as the UK National Hydrographer, Deputy Chief Executive (Hydrography), based in Taunton, Somerset.

This new appointment reports to the Chief Executive and will be integral in spearheading the key role the UKHO plays in working with the International Hydrographic Community and discharging the UK Government's responsibilities for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency under the UN Convention of Safety of Life at Sea.

Ian Moncrieff graduated in Geography and Geology at Keele University in 1977. He joined the Royal Navy on a university cadetship in 1976 and comes to the UKHO with a long and distinguished Naval background.

Qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) originally specializing in Communications, he has accumulated over 20 years operational seagoing experience in nine warships. From May 05 he was a Joint Operational Commander as Commander British Forces South Atlantic based in the Falkland Islands. A graduate of the 2005 Higher Command and Staff Course and the Defence Strategic Leadership Course, prior to this he was Director (Communications and Information Systems) Navy and Assistant Chief of Staff to the CINCFLEET.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the UKHO welcomes this appointment, saying:

"This is an excellent appointment which will be of considerable benefit to the UKHO, our international hydrographic relations and to our defense customer. Ian brings with him considerable expertise and experience. He will play an important role in the future development of our organization."

Ian is married with two teenage sons. He is a member of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners and the Institute of Directors. His interests and pastimes include sailing, golf and tennis and he has had work published as an amateur photographer.

He will take up his appointment on December 5, 2006.