The Council on Geostrategy hosted the First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2024

The Council on Geostrategy was delighted to organise and host the First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2024, together with a consortium of British universities, on Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May 2024 at Lancaster House. It is the second year in a row the Council on Geostrategy has been chosen to deliver the annual flagship conference of the Royal Navy.


First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2024
Tuesday 14th May – Wednesday 15th May 2024
Lancaster House

Keynote Speech
Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organisation
You can read the speech here

‘Protecting our economy in the 2020s: Keeping trade routes open and safe’ | Panel 1
V. Adm. Andrew Burns, Amelia Gould and Dr David Morgan-Owen
Moderated by Prof. Alessio Patalano


Keynote Speech
The Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Defence
You can read the speech here

In-conversation session
The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC and Dan Snow

Report launch for ‘A more lethal Royal Navy: Sharpening Britain’s naval power’ | Side Event
William Freer, Dr Emma Salisbury, Prof. Basil Germond and R. Adm. James Parkin
Moderated by Patrick Triglavcanin

‘Protecting our economy in the 2040s: Securing critical maritime infrastructure’ | Panel 2
Adm. Nicolas Vaujour, Prof. Christian Bueger and Harry Holt
Moderated by Suzanne Raine

‘Maritime operations by the 2040s: Shape, deter, defend’ | Panel 3
Prof. James Bergeron, Maj. Gen. Rich Cantrill and V. Adm. (rtd.) Tom Rowden
Moderated by Dr Emma Salisbury

‘Stronger together: A 2040 vision for the Royal Navy and partners’ | Panel 4
Adm. James Kilby, V. Adm. Martin Connell and AVM Fin Monahan
Moderated by Ashlee Godwin

Keynote speech
The Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific
You can read the speech here

‘The national enterprise in 2040: The maritime contribution’ | Panel 5
R. Adm. James Parkin, Dr Robert Johnson, Geoff Searle and Andrew Thomis
Moderated by Viktorija Starych-Samuoliene

‘Future sailor 2040: Developing the skills of the future’ | Panel 6
R. Adm. Jude Terry, Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent, Chris Keenan and Nynne Scheuer
Moderated by Dr Kevin Rowlands

‘The Atlantic-Pacific: The maritime operating environment of the 2040s’ | Panel 7
The Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Dr Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Dr Balkan Devlen, Adm. Ryō Sakai and Charles Parton
Moderated by James Rogers