The harbour is governed by an independent Board of 10 Harbour Commissioners appointed on merit following an open recruitment process to provide the professional skills and expertise to determine the policy and business decisions of the organisation. The Commissioners appoint a Harbour Master/Chief Executive, to whom day-to-day responsibility for running the harbour is delegated.
Commissioners are appointed for a term of three years and in line with Modernising Trust Ports Guidance can normally serve for two terms. Under LHC's constitution up to two additional Commissioners can be co-opted at any one time for specific purposes and serve for a period of 12 months.
The Board of Commissioners carry out a periodic reviews of the professional skills and experience requirements necessary to meet the changing demands of the Commission. This agreed list of skills and experience requirements is compared against the existing balance of skills and experience on the Board to inform recruitment requirements.
Commissioner appointments are made after a competitive selection process based on the skills and experience required. The Commissioner selection panel of four comprises the Chairman of LHC, a further Commissioner; the Chairman of the Harbour Advisory Group and an independent member. The Commissioners’ positions are voluntary and they have agreed not to receive remuneration.