The British Marine Federation appoints Rob Stevens as new Chief Executive following John Clarke's retirement

Rob Stevens is to join the British Marine Federation (BMF) as Chief Executive in April 2006, following John Clarke’s retirement. As Chief Executive, Stevens will be responsible for heading up the BMF, the trade association for the UK boating industry and its subsidiary, National Boat Shows Ltd, the organiser of the world famous London and Southampton Boat Shows.

Rob Stevens joins the BMF from a senior international post in the Royal Navy. He has a record of success as Director of Maritime operations in NATO and in the UK as Head of the UK’s submarine service. He has also headed up a number of policy teams within the Ministry of Defence.

Peter Methven, BMF President commented: “I am delighted that Rob Stevens is taking up the position of BMF Chief Executive. He comes with a wealth of invaluable experience, which will be of great benefit to the BMF and our members and will ensure the Federation continues to address the needs of the British marine industry. The BMF is grateful for the commitment and passion that John Clarke has shown to the work of the federation over the past five years, and wish him a very happy retirement.”

Rob Stevens said: “I am delighted to be joining an award winning trade association at a time when there are so many opportunities for the marine industry. I am looking forward to getting to know the industry better and the staff at BMF and quickly getting to grips with the challenges and issues.”