Simon Lister (Royal Navy officer)

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Simon Lister
Vice Admiral Simon Lister.jpg
Simon Lister
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1978 -
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HM Naval Base Plymouth
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Vice-Admiral Simon Robert Lister, CB, OBE is a Royal Navy officer who currently serves as Chief of Materiel (Fleet) and Chief of Fleet Support.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Naval Engineering College at Manadon and the Royal Naval College Greenwich, Lister joined the Royal Navy in 1978.[1] He became the marine engineer officer of the submarine Odin in 1986.[1] He went on to be marine engineer officer of Torbay and then Trenchant in 1993.[1] He became Naval Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Ship Support Agency in 1994 and, after attending the London Business School in 1996, he became Director, Naval Plans at the Ministry of Defence in 1997 and then naval attaché in Moscow in 2001.[1]

Lister became head of the team responsible for phase one of the internal restructuring programme at the Defence Logistics Organisation in 2004.[2] He went on to be Commander, HM Naval Base Plymouth in 2005, Senior Naval Member on the Directing Staff at the Royal College of Defence Studies in April 2008[3] and Director, Submarines in 2009.[4] Lister became Chief of Materiel (Fleet) and Chief of Fleet Support with promotion to the rank of vice admiral in December 2013.[3]

Lister was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 Birthday Honours[5] and Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2013 New Year Honours.[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Andrew Mathews
Chief of Materiel Fleet
Succeeded by