Paul Boissier

Vice Admiral Paul Boissier CB MA MSc, Chief Executive, spent much of his working life either at sea, or closely involved with seafarers, before joining the RNLI.
Paul Boissier - Chief Executive Officer

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Paul Boissier, Chief Executive

Chief Executive

After graduating in mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, Paul joined the Royal Navy where he specialised in navigation and served in a variety of submarines during the Cold War.  This led to two submarine commands – HMS Onyx and HMS Trafalgar – before he moved into the surface fleet as the Captain of HMS Chatham.

After this, he came ashore as the Commander of Portsmouth naval base before moving to Bristol as the Chief of Fleet Support, responsible for all Royal Navy maintenance and logistics.  His naval career ended with 2 years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy, based in Portsmouth.

During his naval career, he spent a year at London Business School where he graduated with a Masters degree in business Management, and he also, at an earlier stage, spent a year working for Guinness where he trained as a brewer.

Paul has written three books on the sea; he spent three years as the Commodore of the Royal Navy sailing association, and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

He joined the RNLI in 2009 and has enjoyed every moment of the job from that point onwards.

He is married, lives in north Hampshire and enjoys travel, gardening, writing and bread-making.

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