Brian Johnson appointed Chief Executive of UK Maritime &

Coastguard Agency Brian Johnson will become the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new Chief Executive when the current CEO, Sir Alan Massey, steps down from on 31 October 2018.

Brian started his career as a chemical engineer in Imperial Chemical Industries and then Tate and Lyle, designing and managing manufacturing plants. He joined Remploy in 2000 where he was Operations Director, leading to some substantial improvements in the manufacturing operations. His interest in leading organisations delivering aspects of public service took him into social housing where he was CEO

of 3 housing organisations, most recently leading the successful turnaround of Metropolitan. Brian is currently the interim Chief Operating Officer at Abzena, a bio-pharmaceutical company.

Department for Transport Permanent Secretary Bernadette Kelly said:

“I’m pleased to announce that Brian Johnson has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. I look forward to working with Brian and am sure he will build on the excellent progress made by Sir Alan.”

Michael Parker, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency Non-Executive Chairman said:

”I am confident that Brian has all the skills and qualities we need to build on the excellent work that Sir Alan has done over the past 8 years of his tenure.”

Boat Safety Scheme consultation

A UK public consultation on a proposal to introduce mandatory new Boat Safety Scheme requirements for carbon monoxide alarms on boats is open.

Views are now sought on the new Boat Safety Scheme proposal regarding carbon monoxide alarms on boats and you have until 7th November to submit your thoughts and comments on the subject.

The suggested change sees a fundamental shift recognising that CO poisoning, a silent unseen killer, could affect boat owners and crews from sources of CO generated outside of the boat by others e.g. the use of engines and appliances on adjacent boats.

The Boat Safety Scheme stakeholder and management committees took account of evidence from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) findings published in May 2017 following the ‘Love For Lydia’ double-fatal tragedy, starkly describing the potential risk posed to other boat users by carbon monoxide-rich engine emissions.

The proposed mandatory new Boat Safety Scheme Requirements will see checks introduced for suitable CO alarms in good condition and in suitable locations on all classes of boat with accommodation spaces.

Comments can be made in the next twelve weeks using the consultation form on the Boat Safety Scheme website, the deadline is 16.30 on Friday 9 November 2018. For more information on the proposals and to make comments, just click here.

Graham Watts, Boat Safety Scheme manager said: “I encourage all who may be affected to consider the Scheme’s proposals and comment.

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