Vice Admiral (Ret.) Peter Hudson

A native of Manchester, Peter Hudson served for 36 years in the Royal Navy.  During this time, he specialised as warfare officer, commanded three warships (COTTESMORE, NORFOLK and ALBION) and numerous Task Groups including The UK Amphibious Task Force, coalition groups in the Gulf operational area and the Far East.  Promoted to Flag rank 2009, he commanded the EU’s Counter Piracy Mission off Somalia – OP ATALANTA – and was also the Commander of UK Maritime Forces which included responsibilities for the UK’s high readiness maritime C2 HQ assigned to NATO.  From early 2013, and as a Vice Admiral, he served as NATO’s senior Maritime Commander from his HQ in Northwood UK, and as the senior global maritime advisor to the military head of NATO.

Ashore, he served as Director of the Naval Plans and Financial Resources team in the MoD with responsibility for long term strategy and financial planning and, from 2011-13, he headed the Future Capability Division overseeing delivery of future naval platforms and weapons.

Vice Admiral Hudson retired from the Royal Navy in 2016 and spent seven years working with industry.  Most latterly he was on the Maritime and Land Board of BAE Systems as the Naval and Government advisor helping with major programmes such as AUKUS and the Global Combat Ship.  

He is a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI, a Freeman of the City of London, and Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.