Commodore Phil Waterhouse

Commodore Phil Waterhouse

Commodore Phil Waterhouse was born in 1966 and grew up across the four ridings of Yorkshire. Educated in Sherburn-in-Elmet, Pontefract and at Hull Trinity House Naval School, he joined the Royal Navy as a Junior Sailor in 1982. After initial training he served in HMY Britannia and HM ships NAIAD and CORNWALL; he was about to embark on Petty Officer’s courses when he was promoted to the Officer Corps in 1988

Early appointments included logistics posts in HMS BROADSWORD, HMS BULLDOG, HMS COVENTRY, HMS BEAVER and HMS EDINBURGH as well as seagoing staff appointments as Flag Lieutenant to the 3* Flag Officer Surface Flotilla and as Personal Staff Officer to the 1* Commander Amphibious Task Group. Key shore appointments included being the Personal Staff Officer to the 2* Naval Secretary and as Deputy Fleet Logistics Officer on the Staff of Commander-in-Chief Fleet. He graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2005 and, on promotion to Commander, took command of the Defence Maritime Logistics School. Thereafter, he returned to sea as Commander Logistics, HMS BULWARK supporting the ship whilst on worldwide operations. He joined the DE&S as Programme Manager of the £250M support chain enabling project MJDI in early 2010. Departing on the successful delivery of the project, he returned to Navy Command HQ as the Logistics Branch Career Manager. Promoted to Captain in 2013 he moved within NCHQ to be DACOS Logistics Strategy and Capability before enjoying 2 years as the Deputy Naval Base Commander Devonport and The Captain HMS DRAKE. On selection for Commodore, he assumed his current assignment as Naval Regional Commander Northern England and the Isle of Man in early 2017; he was made ADC to the Queen in 2018. He flies his Broad Pennant from his HQ in Liverpool.

Commodore Waterhouse is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, a past Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a past Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management and a Younger Brother of Hull Trinity House. He holds a MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London, an NVQ Level 5 in Management from OCR and Diplomas from CILT(UK) and Inst AM. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for a veteran’s care home in Manchester and a Children’s nursery in Plymouth; he is also a trustee of the Battle of Atlantic Memorial Trust, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (North) and is a former Trustee of the Association of Royal Navy Officers and the Royal Navy Benevolent Society for Officers. His hobbies are centered on home life and an unhealthy obsession with Rugby League and cricket; he is Vice President Royal Navy Rugby League Association as well as a practicing ECB Cricket Umpire and lapsed FA Referee. Commodore Waterhouse is married to Colleen and lives in Liverpool whilst conducting his Regional Command duties; he travels to the family home in Lancashire as often as possible.

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