Hamilton Branch Meeting - SPEAKER: Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd) Ian Pickering

DATE: Wed 22 August 2018 - Lecture
TIME: 19:30 hrs / 7.30pm
VENUE: Glenview Club, Peacockes Road, Glenview, Hamilton.
SPEAKER: Lieutenant Commander RN (Rtd) Ian Pickering

Ian joined the Royal Navy in 1991 as a warfare officer. From 91-96 he spent his time training at various UK Naval Establishments including the Naval College at Dartmouth,the Naval Engineering College in Manadon Plymouth and the Naval College in Greenwich. During this time he completed an in-service degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology. In the same period he also spent some time in training roles in HMS Quorn (a mine hunter), HMS Brilliant (a Frigate) and HMS Liverpool (a Destroyer).

Thoroughly trained, he was released into the submarine service in 1997 and served in nuclear armed and powered SSBNs and nuclear powered SSNs including HMS Victorious, HMS Vanguard, HMS Torbay and HMS Vigilant. His roles in these platforms included acting as the Navigator, the Tactics and Sonar Officer and the Operations Officer. In his more senior roles he effectively planned and executed exercises and missions on behalf of the Boats' Commanding Officers. He attended the submarine Commanding Officer's course "Perisher" in 2007 but sadly withdrew due to personal reasons half way through the sea phase.

He then spent his last couple of years in the Navy working in the Fleet Headquarters in Whale Island Portsmouth where he had a range of not so exciting administrative responsibilities. Leaving the Navy in 2009 he worked initially as an independent Defence Consultant and recently, as a Subject Matter Expert and Business Development Manager in a small defence company producing sonar processing and other bespoke electronics systems and software products predominately for the UK MOD. He recently completed a MBA at Henley Business School where he learned that there were alternatives to shouting as a management technique.

Ian lives in a small village in Northern Buckinghamshire with his wife, two young boys and various animals. He is a keen railway enthusiast and also enjoys the engineering challenge of keeping a 27 year old Mini on the road.

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