Brian Johnson has announced his retirement and is to formally step down from his role as CEO of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in October 2022.
He has been in the role for the last four years.
In a statement, he explained that becoming the chief executive of the MCA was an absolute dream come true.
“Being able to work to make a difference in the world of maritime safety, leading a group of people whose work continues to lead the way in protecting seafarers, saving lives at sea and finding alternatives to help in the battle against climate change, has been an absolute privilege,” he said.
Over the last four years, Brian has led the agency as it has changed and developed to find better ways to deal with the challenges of maritime safety.
He has been at the helm through the celebrations for Coastguard200 and headed work carried out on the safety of ships through survey and inspection.
In addition, he has been in charge during a successful audit of the UK Maritime Administration carried out by the International Maritime Organisation.
“I’ve loved it and relished the challenge which is why the decision to leave this role has been such a tough one,” he said. “I hope that I leave behind a very different Agency from the one that I joined in 2018 and I am confident that we have a team which can take it from strength to strength in the future.”