Richard Clegg is to step down as chief executive of the Lloyd’s Register (LR) Foundation after 10 years in the role to be replaced by Dr Ruth Boumphrey.

The LR Foundation is the charity which owns classification society Lloyd’s Register and undertakes safety development projects.

Boumphrey is currently the director of research and strategic programmes at the LR Foundation.

“Population growth, climate change, the energy transition, and technological innovation will bring new challenges and opportunities for us, and it will be a privilege and pleasure to lead the foundation and have even greater impact in making the world a safer place in the future,” Boumphrey said.

Dr Boumphrey has a background in research, development and regulation, primarily in the space and environmental sectors.

Zero carbon

The LR Group and LR Foundation are involved in social impact programmes such as the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and the Zero Carbon Fuel Monitor.

They are also involved in the Safetytech Accelerator and the Container Ship Safety Forum which identifies opportunities to develop technology to solve critical safety, risk and environmental issues in container shipping.

LR Group chief executive Nick Brown said: “Under Ruth’s leadership, I am excited to further grow the positive impact and close collaboration from across the LR family.”

Boumphrey will take up the new role at the end of June this year.