Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) chief executive Sir Alan Massey announced he plans to retire from the role before the end of 2018.
The Department of Transport will begin its search for Massey’s successor on March 19. Massey will continue in his role until late 2018 to allow the chief executive appointment process to take place.
Massey joined the MCA in July 2010 after a 33-year career with the Royal Navy, where he left as Second Sea Lord. During his eight-year tenure at MCA, Massey steered the agency through changes to modernize Her Majesty’s Coastguard, new arrangements for the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter capability, a transformed survey and inspection capability and a more commercially-responsive approach to how the U.K. Ship Register operates.
“It has been an immense privilege to work for the MCA and serve the public,” Massey said. “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved.”
“Whilst this has been a difficult decision for me to make, I feel that now is the right time for a new chief executive to bring a fresh perspective, new ideas and initiatives to the agency,” he continued, “I’m confident that the MCA will continue to successfully deliver its objectives under new leadership. I will continue to lead the MCA with my full commitment and energy until my successor is found and is ready to take over towards the end of this year.”