Richard Sadler joins Trinity House as an Elder Brother

Former Lloyd's Register Group CEO Richard Sadler has been sworn in as an Elder Brother of Trinity House

Richard Sadler FREng FIMarEST MRINA was sworn in as an Elder Brother of the Corporation at the Court of 17 May 2016. He is now a member of the Trinity House Corporate Board.

He was admitted as a Younger Brother in 2014.

Early career

Born in 1957, he spent time in the Royal Navy as a midshipman before gaining a BSc (Hons) in Naval Architecture in 1979. After a series of posts in engineering he was appointed in 2004 as Director of Asset Management for the Royal Bank of Scotland (Shipping and Offshore Energy division). Here he enhanced the role by developing a risk system for asset, operator and market assessment of globally financed assets.

Joining Lloyd's Register

In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Lloyd’s Register Group, an organisation which grew in his tenure to a £1.1 billion turnover company with 9,500 staff providing compliance and consultancy services to 60,000 global clients in 78 countries. The group is owned solely by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation that exists to protect life, property and the environment and provide public benefit in the areas of research and education. He was instrumental in this governance change and establishing the Foundation as a major source of funding to education and research institutions around the world.

During his eight years as CEO Lloyd’s Register he focused on technology, external representation and ensuring a valued contribution to its clients.


In 2014 he joined the University College London – International Energy Advisory Panel to bring commercial project and market experience in energy production and energy shipping to the academic strategy of the centre.

From 2010 to 2013 he was co-chair of the Government’s Marine Industries Council which led to the development of the maritime sector growth strategy, part of the Government’s key sector growth plans.

At the request of the Singapore Government he joined the Singapore Energy and Maritime Institute – International Advisory Panel from 2012 to 2014 and assisted in developing the sector strategy and investment plan for Singapore.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

In academia he has been visiting Professor of Dalian Maritime University, visiting Professor in Ship Science at the University of Southampton and holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Southampton. At Newcastle he was a member of the University’s Industrial Advisory Board in the School of Marine Science and Technology. He was President of the Welding Institute from 2008 to 2011.


Richard Sadler was appointed Chairman of Meteo Group in October 2015 to bring sector expertise and strategic skills to help the weather forecasting and risk management company. The same year he was appointed Consultant Advisor to the Foresight Group, a multi-sector shipping, drilling, hospitality and shoe manufacturing company in private ownership, in order to achieve new growth and strategic plans.

Personal life

Away from industry he is a Trustee of The Gloriana Trust which is a lasting legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana is an inspiration for national pride, a showcase for traditional British boat-building and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people, especially young people, to engage with the River Thames and the sport of rowing.


The Corporation of Trinity House was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514 to oversee the improvement of pilotage on the River Thames and manage the welfare of distressed seamen and their dependants. Today it is the UK’s largest-endowed maritime charity, wholly funded by its endowments, spending over £4m each year on its charitable activities including the safety, welfare and training of mariners, and the promotion of safety at sea.

It also serves the mariner as the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and the Channel Islands, with responsibility for nearly 600 aids to navigation, from traditional aids such as lighthouses to the latest satellite navigation technology. As a maritime fraternity with over 400 men and women selected from all aspects of maritime UK it also advises or is involved with a number of other functions and duties that safeguard shipping and the mariner.

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