Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes has been promoted to chief executive and accounting officer at the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to lead production of navigational publications for defence and merchant shipping
He has been UKHO’s national hydrographer since 2019, and was subsequently appointed as acting chief executive in July 2020.
Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher will now assume the role of national hydrographer. In this role, he will improve the collection, standardisation and sharing of marine geospatial data through international collaboration.
UKHO will continue to develop Admiralty maritime data solutions and support the International Hydrographic Organisation’s development of a second generation of electronic charting and digital services, the S-100 data standard.
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