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Hatcher, a retired Royal Navy officer, previously served as the UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive at the UK Hydrographic Office. With experience in senior roles at the Ministry of Defense, he has a solid understanding of global strategy, operations, and defense engagement.

Hatcher is set to begin his role on March 18, with Treseder departing at the end of the 2023-2024 financial year after a short handover period. Hatcher expressed his honor and excitement for the appointment, emphasizing the importance of working with industry-leading members and various organizations in the maritime sector.

He looks forward to addressing opportunities and challenges facing the industry, especially with a UK General Election on the horizon.

The UK Chamber of Shipping president, JB Rae-Smith, highlighted Hatcher as the standout candidate, praising his experience both inside and outside Whitehall. Rae-Smith expressed confidence in Hatcher's leadership to navigate the challenges ahead and support the existing Chamber team.

Hatcher, in his statement, emphasized his eagerness to create an optimal environment for the shipping industry to thrive in the UK.