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 two 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.
He assumed the role of CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority in May 2014. During his tenure, the Port of Gibraltar saw the reversal of a downward trend in vessel traffic and activity in most sectors 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 served on the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) from 2016 to 2019, and is currently a Council Member of Maritime UK.
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 is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.