Our Patron and Executive Team

HRH with chairman Graham Crerar

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been Patron to the Northern Lighthouse Board since 1993 and takes an active interest in our work. In her role as Patron, The Princess Royal has visited many of our lights and joins us on PHAROS when we carry out inspection voyages, every 12 months.

Mike Bullock joined as Chief Executive in April 2014. He took early retirement from the Royal Navy in the rank of Commodore to join NLB. During his naval career of 34 years, Mike has extensive experience both at sea and ashore, serving in a total of six ships and submarines, including the Submarine HMS REVENGE based in Faslane; the Destroyer HMS LIVERPOOL based in Rosyth, and the Aircraft Carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. He also worked in the British Embassy Washington DC, the NATO Headquarters in Northwood London, the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall and the US Department of Defense in the Pentagon. His final appointment was in Navy Command Headquarters, Portsmouth, where he had responsibility for Logistics and Infrastructure for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.


Mairi Rae Head of Business ServicesMairi Rae is Director of Business Services. Mairi joined NLB in March 2015. She was previously Head of Finance and IT at the National Galleries of Scotland. Mairi oversees all financial aspects of the organisation and is responsible for IT and NLB’s Business Support function.


Phil Day, Director of Operations

Phil Day is Director of Operations. A Master Mariner, Phil joined NLB in December 2007. He spent 18 years at sea worldwide before taking up  shore based roles, latterly with BP. Phil is responsible for all operational aspects of NLB, including: engineering; AtoN reliability, condition and refurbishment; NLB tenders, Pharos and Pole Star; Oban Base and the operation of NLB contract helicopter as well as NLB’S statutory duties of Superintendence of Local Light Authorities and other providers of AtoN’s. He is also a Chair of the IALA Aids to Navigation Requirements and Management (ARM) Committee.