Commodore Iain Lower joined the Royal Navy in 1990. He has commanded 4 ships; HMS LEEDS CASTLE, the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel, completing her final South Atlantic patrol and return to home waters; HMS SHOREHAM, a minehunter; and, on promotion to Commander in 2007, HMS GLOUCESTER, an air defence destroyer, which included a rewarding return to the South Atlantic as the Commander of the Maritime Task Group.
On promotion to Captain in 2012 he commanded HMS DRAGON, a new Type 45 destroyer, and led her maiden deployment to the Persian Gulf that was extended to operate alongside the RAF in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the UK’s response to the Syrian crisis. During his time in command of HMS DRAGON he also held the fleet wide responsibility of Captain Air Warfare.
Shore appointments have included; the Air Warfare Officer’s Career Manager, 12 months on the Naval Staff Strategy team (SDSR 2010) and Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord (Libyan crisis of 2011). In the Joint arena, he was head of the Africa Plans team at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters (Ebola crisis/South Sudan/Somalia and Libya – again) and latterly, on promotion to Commodore in 2016, he was Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer (CDSLO) to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon – a fascinating and rewarding posting that straddled the change in US Administration.
A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (2007) and Higher Command and Staff Course (2015) he holds an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He assumed the position of Head of Naval Staff in September 2017.
Iain is married to Pippa with 3 teenage children. He enjoys rugby, swimming, skiing, sailing, cycling and is also a passionate (and frustrated) fly fisherman. He is a Freeman of the City of London.