Roger Lockwood (BA Mathematics 1968–71) is the Chief Executive of the Northern Lighthouse Board responsible for all marine aids to navigation (lighthouses, buoys, beacons and radio navigational aids) off the coasts of Scotland and the Isle of Man.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Initially I wanted to be a vet, but by the time I arrived at Warwick this had changed to becoming an accountant or an actuary. That did not last for long.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
I actually received very little careers advice up and until I graduated. Best advice since then has been to stick at your current career unless either you cease to enjoy it or you feel you are not being paid fairly for what you do.
Describe yourself in three words
Youthful, collegiate, calm.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Maintaining the morale of the staff who have to go out in all weathers to maintain or fix our aids to navigation despite the eternal pressures on budget and numbers.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Becoming the father of five children (now aged from 10 to 25).
What drives you?
Providing for the family.
What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
Winning the Lottery to allow me to pay off the mortgage, which would allow me to retire, which would allow me to spend more time with said family.
What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
The complete works of Charles Dickens, a laptop and some means of communicating home.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Travelling with my wife (Susie) as the children should by then be ploughing their own furrows.
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who always had time for others and who treated everyone with the same respect regardless of rank or grade.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
Investigating the local towns and country; watching Pink Floyd at the Christmas Ball; witnessing a new University emerging from the mud.
Do you have any advice for new graduates?
This is a fantastic opportunity to give you a leg up for life and to meet as broad a group of friends as you are ever likely to – do not squander it.
Anything else you would like to add?
I grew up at Warwick; from a naive schoolboy to a rather more worldly wise adult.
Roger Lockwood: the facts
|Education:||Kimbolton School, University of Warwick, Royal College of Defence Studies.|
|Career:||Having discarded any ambition to become an accountant, I joined the Royal Navy after graduating for a four year short service commission and stayed for 34. My service included time at sea in ships ranging from a minesweeper to the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, personnel and training and higher Defence policy. I retired as a Rear Admiral in 2005, “rested” for a year and then took over my current appointment at the Northern Lighthouse Board.|
|Interests:||Family, studying the history of the Special Operations Executive in France and reading the works of Charles Dickens (which I appear to have missed in my earlier life).|