Deputy Master Captain Ian McNaught announces retirement

Trinity House’s Deputy Master has announced his retirement after eleven years as the head of the organisation

Captain Ian McNaught has announced his retirement as the Deputy Master of Trinity House after eleven years.

He was first elected Deputy Master on 22 November 2011—on the retirement of Rear-Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert—and announced his retirement to the Court and to the Master HRH The Princess Royal in October 2022.

He has set his departure date as 31 December 2023.

Since he assumed office in 2011, Captain McNaught has overseen a period of steady growth that has brought in greater collaboration—both strategically and operationally—with the other General Lighthouse Authorities, a keen drive for sustainability and innovation in Trinity House’s aid to navigation provision and strong working relations with its funding partners in the maritime charity sector.

He was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in HM The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours in recognition of his service.

On the subject of his announcement, Captain McNaught said:

“It has been an enormous privilege to serve Trinity House these past years. Every team working under the banner of Trinity House—at sea or on shore, in the GLA or the charity—has been invaluable, and I will miss them all.

“It has been good to represent this organisation across maritime and Government sectors, and I am pleased that our stakeholders see what we do: a friendly, forward-looking and highly competent workforce with a critical stake in our nation’s wellbeing. I look forward to meeting the person who will take up that mantle.”

We will have more news as recruitment for a successor progresses.


Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners.

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