Trinity House nominates new Deputy Master and Chief Executive Officer


Following the announcement by Captain Ian McNaught of his retirement in February 2024 as its Deputy Master, Trinity House is pleased to welcome Rear Admiral Iain Lower CB MA AFNI as Captain McNaught’s designated successor.

Rear Admiral Lower (pictured) joins London-headquartered Trinity House from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission following a successful career in the Royal Navy. Spanning 32 years, he commanded four warships from Patrol Vessels to Destroyers on operations across the globe, from the Falklands to the Arabian Gulf. Ashore he was Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord, Head of the Africa Plans team at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters and, on promotion to Commodore in 2016, the Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in The Pentagon – a fascinating and rewarding posting that straddled the change in US Administration.

More recently, on promotion to Rear Admiral, Iain became the Royal Navy’s Director of Strategy, Policy, and External Affairs. An executive member of the Navy Board, he was responsible for strategic planning, policy alignment, international liaison, reputation management and public affairs including relations across Whitehall, think-tanks, academia, and the maritime sector.

At the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, as the Director of Strategy, Communications & Commonwealth Affairs, he led the development and implementation of the new organisational strategy. Iain is also a trustee of The Seafarers’ Charity.

Holding an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London, Iain is a Freeman of the City of London and was made a Companion of the Bath in Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours List in June 2022.

Subject to meeting the requirements in Trinity House’s Royal Charter, Rear Admiral Lower will become the Deputy Master at a meeting of the Court on 13 February 2024; at the same time, he will assume the Chair of the Corporate Board and become Chief Executive Officer of the Lighthouse Board that oversees Trinity House’s role as a General Lighthouse Authority. Captain McNaught will remain a member of the Court of Trinity House as an Elder Brother.

Iain said, “It is a very great honour to be joining Trinity House as its new Deputy Master. I look forward to working alongside new colleagues at sea and ashore, in the General Lighthouse Authority and the charity, as together we build upon Captain McNaught’s legacy and take Trinity House into the future.”

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.