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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

4th Meeting of the 188th Session (2008-2009)

"The Northern Lighthouse Board - Today and Tomorrow"

Roger Lockwood
Chief Executive
Northern Lighthouse Board

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 26th January 2008, at 7pm

Roger Lockwood will describe the work of the Northern Lighthouse Board today: a combination of continuing the legacy of the Stevensons by the guaranteed provision of "traditional" Aids to Navigation and of increasing investment in modern electronic Aids. He will then turn to looking to the future: will there be a continuing requirement for traditional Aids such as lighthouses and buoys in an era of modern "e-Navigation"? And how safe is the growing reliance on Satellite Navigation - how can we avoid the maritime version of the articulated lorry in the country lane? There is an answer, but it will need international cooperation and funding.

After graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Pure Mathematics, Roger Lockwood joined the Royal Navy in 1971 as a Sub Lieutenant and retired 34 years later as a Rear Admiral. During that time he served in ships ranging from a minesweeper in Scottish waters to the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL, acted as Private Secretary to the First and Second Sea Lords, and commanded the New Entry Training Establishment, HMS RALEIGH, in Cornwall. His last appointment was to the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and he was appointed CB in 2005. He joined the Northern Lighthouse Board as its Chief Executive in May 2006. He is a Commissioner of the Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, the Chairman of the Perth Sea Cadet Unit and the Area Vice Patron (Scotland) for the War Memorials Trust. He and his wife, Susie, live in Dunblane and they have five children.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Robin Harper MSP, will be in the Chair

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
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