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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

One of the Cowes Harbour Commissioners, Ben Board, has taken the decision to resign due to family and work commitments. In his resignation letter, he commented: “I think the work the Commission do is extremely important and you have a team of people on the Board that care passionately about what happens to the harbour, as do I, and I feel that it is in safe hands for the future.” Cowes Harbour Commission is seeking a new Board member to fill the vacancy and has commenced an open recruitment process for the position.

Cowes Harbour is renowned as the world’s most famous sailing destination and is of significant importance as the maritime gateway to the Isle of Wight. The role of Commissioner offers an excellent opportunity for the right individual to make a tangible and valuable contribution to the management and future of Cowes Harbour and its services.

Applications to the Board of Cowes Harbour Commissioners are encouraged from capable individuals of varied backgrounds and experience to help increase diversity on the Board. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and local knowledge, and have an interest in public service.

The following skills and experience have been identified as being beneficial to the current Board of Commissioners, but should not be considered prescriptive: strategic communications, marketing, HR and personnel, environmental.

Further information and an application form are available online:

Applications are welcomed up to and including Friday, 3rd March 2017. The appointment will be effective from 1st May 2017 and will run for a period of three years.

Editors notes

Cowes Harbour is a Trust Port, which means it has no shareholders or other owners, but is managed for the benefit of its users, or ‘stakeholders’. The port is run by an independent Board of Commissioners, appointed through a public selection process, who give their time on a voluntary basis.

Cowes Harbour Commission's main function is to be the Statutory Harbour Authority for Cowes and to undertake commercial marine activities so that it can be self-financing. As the Commission has no shareholders, any surplus funds raised through its activities are reinvested back into the harbour and its facilities, to the benefit of its harbour users, or ‘stakeholders’.

In line with good governance and to benefit from new ideas and attitudes, the Commission rotates Board membership regularly. Commissioners can only be reappointed by the Board for two three-year terms, after which, if they wish to stay on for a third and final term, they are required to participate in an open recruitment exercise.


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Louisa Mamakou

Communications & Marketing Officer

Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AS
01983 293952 / 07901 691103

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