Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE MA

Senior Fellow, One Earth Future Foundation/ Oceans Beyond Piracy

After reading mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent served in the Royal Navy for 37 years, latterly as Second Sea Lord and then Commander-in-Chief Fleet, retiring in 2007.

He commanded the conventional submarine HMS OLYMPUS, the nuclear submarine HMS CONQUEROR, the frigate HMS BRILLIANT and the aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, the Cold War and in the Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan Campaigns. When not in command, Sir James served in the Ministry of Defence, undertaking leading roles in long term strategic planning and resourcing. In recognition of his contribution to change and efficiency programmes in the MoD, he was loaned to HM Treasury to work on the same themes across Government.

He was awarded an operational CBE for inspirational leadership in 1999 and knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004. 

Since 2008 he has built up a portfolio of non-executive roles in the private and not for profit sectors. He is a non executive Director of the FTSE 250 defence and security technology company QinetiQ, Chairman of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Chairman of a renewable energy start up, Witt Ltd. He is a Senior Advisor to the investment bank Evercore, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Risk Intelligence, based in Copenhagen, and a Senior Advisor to the resilience practice, Regester Larkin by Deloitte. He has been an advisor to Shell Shipping and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum on Maritime Security and is currently a Senior Fellow of the NGO, The One Earth Future Foundation, based in Colorado, with a particular interest in Maritime Security. He has his own company, Orchard Leadership, which helps with leadership development of individuals and small organisations.