New UK Coastguard boss

Senior charity executive wins the post

The Department for Transport today announced the appointment of Peter Cardy as the new Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

He will succeed John Astbury who retires from his post as Acting Chief Executive of the Agency in May 2007.

Peter Cardy’s appointment follows an open competition. He joins the Agency following five years as Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, and brings to the job over 30 years of experience in senior executive positions.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Cardy said: “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has a vital role in keeping the ships and the seas of the UK safe. Shipping accounts for a huge proportion of our trade; the sea and our coasts are an essential economic resource as well as an important recreational asset. I look forward to working with all the staff of the agency, including the volunteers in the Coastguard Rescue Service, to protect the sea and all those who use it.”