Alan Massey

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Sir Alan Massey
Born9 March 1953
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Illustrious
HMS Ark Royal
Naval Home Command
Battles/warsAfghanistan War
Iraq War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Vice Admiral Sir Alan Michael Massey, KCB, CBE (born 9 March 1953) is a former senior officer in the Royal Navy who served as the Second Sea Lord.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the University of Liverpool and Britannia Royal Naval College, Massey's first posting was to HMS Bulwark in 1979.[1] Massey's first command was HMS Newcastle in 1993, and he later saw service as captain of HMS Campbeltown, HMS Illustrious during operations against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001 and as captain of HMS Ark Royal when he led the amphibious assault into Iraq in 2003.[2] He led the Operations Division of the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood and then went on to be Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in July 2005.[2] He assumed office as Second Sea Lord in a ceremony aboard HMS Victory in July 2008.[2]

Later life[edit]

Having left the Navy, Massey was appointed Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 20 July 2010.[3] Massey stepped down as Chief Executive on the 31 October 2018.[4]


He and his wife, Julie, live in Southsea with their four children, James, Bella, Tom and Sally. Lady Julie Massey is sponsor of Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Defender.


On 31 October 2003, Massey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19th March to 19th April 2003".[5] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6] He is a recipient of two campaign medals: the Iraq Medal and the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.


  1. ^ "Massey, Vice Adm. Sir Alan (Michael)". Who's Who & Who Was Who. Who's Who. December 1, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Sir Alan Massey Ministry of Defence
  3. ^ New Chief Executive for Maritime and Coastguard Agency[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Brian Johnson appointed Chief Executive of MCA". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 2.
  6. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Adrian Johns
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Robert Cooling
Preceded by
Sir Adrian Johns
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Charles Montgomery