Damien Oliver has been appointed as the interim chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

He begins his new role this week, following the retirement of MCA chief executive Brian Johnson.

Chairman and board member Christopher Rodrigues said: “Damien has had a number of high-profile roles within the MCA since joining in 2001, and he will bring a wealth of maritime experience and knowledge.

“Damien has been responsible for major projects and programmes, procurement, commercial management and innovation, and maritime business development, which includes the UK Shipping Register and Shipping Concierge within the MCA.

“More recently, he has led on the programme to replace the current Coastguard aviation arrangements with the second-generation search and rescue aviation contract (UKSAR2G), and has also been in charge of the project to replace the radio network infrastructure for HM Coastguard.

“I am delighted that Damien Oliver will be fulfilling the role of interim chief executive. He will help us to maintain the momentum achieved under Brian’s leadership.

“I wish Damien every success in this vital role.”

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