The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Hinton Lecture, to be held on Wednesday 29 October, will be delivered by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas. In his lecture, Engineering a 21st century Navy for a 21st century Nation he will discuss the extraordinary diversity of engineering and technical innovation that the Royal Navy of today and tomorrow requires so that it can perform its strategic responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

The Hinton Lecture is traditionally used as a platform to address some of the greatest engineering challenges faced by the profession.

As the Royal Navy's professional head and Chairman of the Navy Board, Sir George Zambellas is responsible to the Secretary of State for Defence for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.  As well as shaping the direction of the Armed Forces as a member of the Defence Council and the Armed Forces Committee, he also advises the Chief of the Defence Staff on maritime aspects of all operations, strategy and policy.

After studying aeronautical and astronautical engineering, George Zambellas pursued a flying career before commanding a minehunter, two frigates and more recently the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Task Group, when in 2006 he led the RN Battle staff contribution to the operation to evacuate civilians from the Lebanon. Ashore, he has served as a personal staff officer to two Chiefs of Defence staff and led the transformation of the Fleet Headquarters prior to working in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters as Chief of Staff (Operations) where he supported the joint operational planning and delivery for operations in Afghanistan.

On promotion to Vice Admiral in 2011, George Zambellas was appointed as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, becoming Commander-in-Chief Fleet the following year on promotion to Admiral.  In this role, he also took 4* NATO command responsibility for the Allied Maritime Command at Northwood as it was restructured to be the single Maritime Command within NATO.

This year’s lecture will also be shared with an audience in Scotland via a live video link to the IET Teacher Building in Glasgow. 

Notes for Editors

  1. The Hinton Lecture honours the late Lord Hinton of Bankside, first President of the Academy and one of the 20th century’s most eminent engineers.

    Lord Hinton made an enormous contribution both to the development of energy generation technology and to politics as an active member of the House of Lords. He was a pioneer of nuclear power and the first Chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

    We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place  to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.


For more information contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Giorgio De Faveri

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