Neil Hancock has been appointed as the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) new Operations Director.
In his new role Neil will be responsible for overseeing the operations of RINA’s Publications, Events, and Technical departments, ensuring alignment with the Institution’s strategic goals, and driving operational excellence across the organisation.
It’s been a whirlwind rise to the position for Neil, who only joined RINA as technical manager four months ago. He originally studied as a Mechanical Engineer in the mining industry before switching to marine, specifically Search and Rescue, in the early eighties. Working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), he served in a variety of operations and technical roles, providing support to the RNLI’s stations across the UK and Ireland.
RINA’s Chief Executive, Chris Boyd, comments: “Neil brings a wealth of experience to this role, having demonstrated exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of our industry throughout his tenure with our company and the RNLI. His proven track record of successfully managing complex operations and driving business growth will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of our Institution.”
Neil says that he never expected this opportunity when he joined RINA in September but that he was delighted to accept the offer to help take the organisation forward.
He adds: “There will be a lot of hard work required this year but the opportunities I see far outweigh any difficulties.”