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Trinity House has the responsibility of delivering marine Aids to Navigation around the coast of England, Wales, The Channel Islands & Gibraltar.
As an Island Nation it is easy to forget the importance of shipping and our reliance on it for trade and supply of goods, Trinity House is well aware of this and with 66 Lighthouses, Beacons and some 450 Navigation buoys to look after to strives to provide the mariner with safe passage in our waters.
With the fast changing technical landscape, Trinity House embraces new technologies to ensure that the demanding Aid to Navigation availability targets are met whilst reducing costs and maintaining reliability. The areas of activity range from considering Ancient Monument protection to satellite transmissions and differential GPS corrections, LED light sources, solar energy & remote monitoring.
Trinity House has many facets, it is a Charity, based in Trinity House, London and as well as its Aid to Navigation work delivers significant training to young Engineering and Deck cadets, looks after ageing seafarers and supports a range of other charities engaged in seafarer welfare. Trinity House also licences Deep Sea Pilots for North European waters.
First recorded by Royal Charter in 1514 by King Henry V111 Trinity House is over 500 years old and pre dates many historic institutions whilst being a world class Aid to Navigation provider.
This lecture will look at the works and functions of Trinity House and some of the technologies it uses to deliver Aids to Navigation.
Simon started out in his career as a Marine Engineer cadet with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service in 1973. He progressed his career at sea gaining his 1st class certificate of competency in 1983 and a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology in 2011. After 10 years travelling the world with the RFA as ships Engineering Officer, he left the sea to join his new wife ashore.
Following a brief foray in technical sales, he joined Watneys brewery in London as part of the Engineering Management team which was a fast learning curve with new technologies and working practices to get to grips with.
After three years at Watneys and a spell in a printing works, he moved to Greene King Brewery in Suffolk to pursue his interest both in brewery engineering and a taste for fine English ales. During the 11 years at Greene King he rose to the post of Brewery Manager and finally to Chief Engineer of what was by then one of the countries premier breweries. Simon's tenure oversaw the company double in size at a time of increasing automation and a quest for quality, efficiency and cost control.
The call of the sea was never far away and in 2003 he joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as a Divisional Engineer responsible for maintaining the engineering standards on a fleet of fast modern lifeboats. The RNLI introduced Simon to the world of maritime safety and was soon in the post of Divisional General Manager with them. This unique organisation works to the highest standards of design and maintenance of quality standards in a marine environment which was to prepare him well for his next career move.
In 2008, he joined Trinity House and is currently the Engineering & Operations Manager responsible for the design, maintenance and operation of maritime Aids to Navigation. This encompasses a huge range of interesting technologies from ancient monument maintenance to satellite telemetry and many areas in between. Since 2010 he has represented Trinity House at IALA and now is Chairman of the IALA Engineering & Sustainability Committee.