Bob Sanguinetti was born and raised in Gibraltar. After graduating from Oxford University, he served in the Royal Navy for almost three decades, rising to the rank of Commodore. The former mariner served at sea and commanded several Royal Navy warships and a multinational coalition Task Group before working at the Ministry of Defence in a number of strategic roles. His last job in the military was as Head of Intelligence at the UK’s National Operations Headquarters in North London.
Bob Sanguinetti was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping in July 2018. His role includes responsibility for the UK shipping industry’s relations with government and other relevant bodies (national and international) on all fiscal, economic, employment, safety and environment, security and other issues.
He assumed the role of CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority in May 2014. During his tenure, the Port of Gibraltar saw a reversal of a downward trend in vessel traffic and activity in most sectors ( -8% (2013/4) to +17% (2016/7)) through a series of initiatives aimed at improving efficiency, strengthening relationships with the local port community, and driving through a robust marketing and engagement plan with international ship owners and operators. He was elected to the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) in 2016.
Most recently (Oct 17, 2018), and in recognition of his successful track record at the port, he was seconded to the Office of the Chief Minister to carry out a maritime strategic review, and to lead on wider, Brexit related contingency planning.
Bob is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Yachtmaster Offshore and a recipient of the French OBE equivalent (Croix de la Valeur Militaire). Married to Sylvia, they have three grown up daughters and a very energetic