More than Lighthouses

In November 2023 Mike Bullock, CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board, talked about the Board’s rich heritage and how it operates today.

The Northern Lighthouse Board has provided a vital safety service to mariners since 1786 and is responsible for the superintendence and management of all lights, buoys and beacons within Scottish and Isle of Man waters. The service makes a significant contribution to the prevention of accidents and incidents around the coastline, safeguarding not only lives and property, but also protecting our precious marine environment. Find out about NLB’s rich heritage and history and how the organisation operates today in this engaging and informative talk.

After a career in the Royal Navy our speaker, Mike Bullock,  joined the Northern Lighthouse Board as Chief Executive in April 2014. During his naval career of 34 years, he served in six ships and submarines, worked in the British Embassy Washington DC, the NATO Headquarters in Northwood London, the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall and the Pentagon as the UK representative for Logistics. His final appointment was in Navy Command Headquarters, Portsmouth, where he had responsibility for Logistics and Infrastructure for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and holds an MA in International Security and Strategy from King’s College London. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Maritime Cluster, a member of the Hammermen of Edinburgh and High Constabulary of the Port of Leith, a Fellow of the Institute of Transport and Logistics, a Trustee of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh, a Trustee of the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust and a Trustee of The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust.   He was awarded an MBE in 1990 and an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list for Services to the Safety and Welfare of Seafarers.


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