Commander Peter Pipkin BEng(hons), MSc, CEng, MIET, Royal Navy - Imagine Festival

Commander Peter Pipkin joined the royal navy as an apprentice and was commissioned as a Weapon Engineer Officer in 1995, when he undertook initial officer training at BRNC Dartmouth. He has served around the world in HM Ships Iron Duke, Brazen, Nottingham, Newcastle, Invincible and Kent, where he was head of the Weapon Engineering Department and deployed to the far and middle east.

More recently he has worked as a training sea-rider for flag officer sea training and as the Maritime Short Range Air Defence Requirements Manager in defence equipment and support, responsible for in-service and future air defence systems including sea ceptor and radar 997, both of which saw critical programme milestones during his tenure.

Promoted to Commander in 2015 he completed staff training at the joint service command and staff college before joining the maritime capability team in navy command as the fleet robotics officer.  Last year, he led The Royal Navy’s unmanned warrior demonstration programme, a first of its kind event that saw 50 systems from 40 providers integrated into a large scale military exercise.