Robert Andrew Huskisson, CBE

Artist: Michael Noakes

In office from: 1973 - 1983

Background: Shipping

Robert Hukisson was born in London in 1923, and educated at the Merchant Taylor's School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and served in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Middle East, being demobilised in 1947 with the rank of Major. Huskisson made his career in shipping; joining Shaw Savill Line in 1947 and becoming the company's Deputy Chief Executive in 1971. 

In 1972 he joined Lloyd's Register as Deputy Chairman and Chairman-elect. He was President of both the British Shipping Federation and the International Shipping Federation. A major development during his tenure at Lloyd's Register was the growing influence on maritime matters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which provided the organisation with new work. He was instrumental in setting up the new training centres at Crawley and Yokohama. Huskisson was awarded a CBE in 1979 in the New Year's honours list for his services as Chairman of the Hotels and Catering Economic Development committee. He retired in 1983 and died in June 2004.

Related links:

Shaw Savill Line

International Maritime Organization

Modernising the Register Book...

During Huskisson's tenure as Chairman, the posting of the Register Book ceased and it was instead computerised. The computerisation of the Register Book took a total of 18 months to complete. The 1975-6 edition of the Register was the first computerised version to be published.