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New Harbour Commissioners

01 November 2017

Lymington Harbour Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Commissioners with effect from the 1st November 2017.


Captain Alison Towler Royal Navy

Alison fills a vacancy arising from the retirement of Peter Mills on the 31st October 2017.

Brought up on the north coast of Cornwall, Alison has spent most of her life living on or near the water.  She served for 30 years in the Royal Navy as a logistics and legal officer both at sea and ashore in diverse management, advisory and adjudication roles.  A barrister of over 20 years call with particular expertise in criminal, administrative and employment law, she has assisted in the formulation of government policy and legislation and been an advisor to the Navy and Army Boards.  Living locally since 2009, Alison is an experienced sailor and RYA Yacht Master (Coastal).  She assists the cruising committee at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and is a dedicated chorister at St Thomas’ Church.


Keith Lightbody

Keith fills a vacancy with that will arise on the 1st November 2018 for a Commissioner with a commercial marine background with experience in working with marine safety management systems. Prior to that Keith has been co-opted as a Commissioner with effect from the 1st November 2017 in order to facilitate a handover/familiarisation period.

Keith went to sea as an Indentured Apprentice in 1961 with Ellerman Lines. After qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1970 he joined Exxon sailing as Chief Officer and Master. He also worked ashore on various assignments. From 1997 until 2005 Keith lived in Tokyo working in Japan, Singapore and Philippine’s for a large Japanese Tanker Owner. During this time he oversaw the introduction & implementation of the “International Safety Management” code.  From 2005 until 2011 he developed and managed a Japanese owned training centre in Montenegro for European Masters & Deck officers.

Keith is a member of both the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Lymington Town Sailing Club, helping with safety on the river including Wednesday Junior Sailing, Junior Regatta week, and other yacht club events. Keith lives in Lymington where he has a motor cruiser and enjoys various water activities with his family.


The Commissioners are pleased to welcome Alison and Keith to the team and look forward to working with them to continue to develop the harbour for the benefit of users and the local community.