1st Meeting of the 197th Session (2017-2018)
In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 25th September 2017, at 7pm
The Aircraft Carrier Alliance was formed in 2003 with a single aim: Build and Commission the 2 largest ships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. In this lecture Captain Ian Groom (the Senior Naval Officer, and de facto Commanding Officer) and Mr Gavin Ireland (Head of Programme) from HMS PRINCE OF WALES will discuss the situation, background and challenges of making this goal a reality, as well as explaining some of the capabilities of the Ships.
Captain Groom joined the RN as a Marine Engineering Officer in 1986, and has served in a number of warships, including HMS' Manchester, Juno, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bulwark.
He was selected for promotion in early 2016, and appointed to HMS PRINCE OF WALES as the first Senior Naval Officer in May 2016. His role is to oversee the construction of the vessel, and generate the Ship's Company for acceptance trials.
Captain Groom is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and a Graduate of the Kings College taught Advanced Command and Staff Course.
As Head of Programme, Gavin Ireland is responsible for the project management of the build and commissioning of HMS Prince of Wales.
Gavin joined the Aircraft Carrier Alliance in July 2016 from BAE Systems' Military Air & Information business where he was responsible for delivering aircrew and groundcrew training services for the Royal Air Force and a range of international air forces. Gavin's previous roles include serving as Chief of Staff for BAE Systems' UK business and on the production and in-service support of the Astute class attack submarines. Gavin holds Masters degrees in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and Defence & Security Analysis from Lancaster University.
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served from about 6:40pm onwards before the meetings.
There is a hearing loop in the meeting room and ramped access to the building is available.
Members of the Public are welcome to attend.
Dr Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
Telephone: 0131 556 2161