David Loosley

Professional Development Case Study

Name: David Loosley


Job Title: Chief Executive

Company: Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Professional Body (Member of): FInstMarEST

Professional Qualifications: BSc (Oceanography)

The Naval engineering sector offers a wide variety of challenges and experiences that are highly rewarding.

Brief Summary of education, career and professional progression

David Loosley is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Before his appointment in 2011, he was Director of Operations for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), responsible for the operational delivery of maritime safety information to the British Government and the world-wide maritime community. Prior to that, David Loosley was Divisional Managing Director at Williams Lea, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, specialising in corporate information. In this role David had full responsibility for a £100m turnover business with almost a thousand personnel based throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

David Loosley joined the Royal Navy in 1988 as a University Cadet Entrant, completing his basic training at Britannia Royal Naval College and in HMS BRISTOL before attending Southampton University to study Oceanography. During this time he enjoyed a brief secondment to the US Navy in 1991, serving in the USS El Paso. His first appointment was as Navigating Officer of HMS QUORN during which time he spent six months with a NATO Squadron in the Baltic. A tour to the Falkland Islands followed, where he co-ordinated a busy tri-service operations centre. He then joined HMS CORNWALL as Officer of the Watch, Communications Officer and Diving Officer. In 1997, David was appointed to Northern Ireland and was responsible for helping the planning and logistics for four Patrol Vessels.

Key projects undertaken throughout career

At IMarEST, David has overseen a considerable transformation of the Institute, that has included restructuring and the move to new headquarters in Birdcage Walk.

While at the UKHO, David led the operational transition from analogue to digital products; delivered through transforming the operating model with the introduction of new technology and implementing offshore production facilities. During this period he also served as Chair of the Defence Geospatial Information Working group (DGIWG).

David Loosley became a Non-Executive Director of the Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust in October 2006. From April 2008 he was the Chair of the Community Health and Social Care Committee, relinquishing this responsibility following the successful establishment of Sirona Care & Health, a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation.

In 1998 David Loosley joined a Consultancy in Bath to help launch a ground breaking internet product into the recruitment industry. He was responsible for the marketing and distributor strategy and opened up channels in Scandinavia, South Africa and Europe.

What advantages do you feel your career path gave you?

A career that has included the Royal Navy, consultancy, private business, an executive agency of the MoD and a professional institute.  This has provided a wide variety of challenges and experiences that have been highly rewarding.