James Fanshawe retired from the Royal Navy in 2005. An Anti-Submarine warfare specialist, he commanded HMS HURWORTH, CLEOPATRA AND FEARLESS and was the Commander United Kingdom Task Group and Commander of the Devonport Flotilla. He held several senior appointments ashore including Director of Plans at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters.
James works within a mixed commercial portfolio, chairing several companies and organisations, and he chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group on behalf of the Marine Industries Alliance. This group has now released a Code of Conduct for the safe operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). The group is now writing a Code of Practice for MASS, having prepared the proposal submitted by the UK to the International Maritime Organisation in February 2017 for a regulatory scoping exercise for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships.