Drake's Island on BBC Spotlight, 30th July

Drake’s Island Project Coordinator Bob King hosted a visit for BBC Spotlight and BBC Radio Devon on 24 July. This short segment featuring Bob talking to David FitzGerald about some aspects of the history of the Island aired on 30 July. Thanks to BBC Spotlight for providing the clip.

Appointment of Drake's Island project coordinator

Rotolok (Holdings) Limited, owners of Drake’s Island have appointed Bob King as Drakes Island Project Coordinator.

Confirming the appointment, Rotolok’s Managing Director, Sean Swales said:

“Once planning permission was granted in April, we were keen to appoint a project coordinator to give our plans to regenerate the Island a kick-start and provide some early momentum. For the last two months Bob has immersed himself in research, plans, drawings, consultant reports and meetings.

We needed an experienced, well-organised individual who could manage our team of professional consultants and contractors and communicate effectively with all stakeholders. I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to make an early, high calibre appointment and to be able to recruit somebody so well qualified, with such a wealth of experience in all the key areas of conservation, construction, safe working and operating practices.’’

Bob King was a Warrant Officer Class 1 and served for 22 years as a Royal Engineer in the British Army. He led major tasks on operations in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia and Northern Ireland and was responsible for significant peacetime activities. Since leaving the Army in 2005 he has been involved in running marine and terrestrial conservation projects abroad in Asia and the Caribbean for the award-winning NGO Coral Cay Conservation. During this time Bob has worked with national and local government departments, non-governmental organisations and local community groups.

Bob said “I am hugely excited and grateful for this unique opportunity to help bring Drake’s Island back into use and contribute to its regeneration. I am acutely aware of the importance of the Island to the local community and the necessity to preserve the Island’s environment, structures and history. There is a huge amount of work to be done before any construction work can commence on the Island. There are many planning pre-commencement conditions to address including the preparation of a detailed construction environmental management plan. Gaining safe access to the Island and assessing jetty options with the various experts and surveyors is another key first step that I am currently working on.”

Bob King