VHF Channel 66
call sign, Lymington Harbour (office hours)

Serving Commissioners


The Board consists of nine independent non-executive Commissioners and the Harbour Master/Chief Executive. The Commissioners are appointed on merit on an open recruitment basis to provide the Commission with the professional skills and experience to determine the policy and business decisions of the organisation. The Commissioners are appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Lymington Harbour Revision (Constitution) Order 2002. The persons presently holding office as Commissioners are as follows:

 

Name Special Interest

Geoff Stokes

Health & Safety / Marine Safety 

Paul Martin

Commercial Marine / Business

Richard Jenner (Chairman) Operational Management / Personnel
Captain Alison Towler Royal Navy Legal / Personnel / Safety

Bill Peach

IT / Business Development / Personnel

Andrew Richards

Commercial Marine / Marine Leisure / Business

Robert Mitchell

Business / Finance / Accountancy

Jane ChallenerBusiness Consultancy / Project Management
Tim Harford (Vice Chairman)Business / Finance
 Keith Lightbody Health & Safety / Marine Safety
Ryan Willegers Chief Executive / Harbour Master


Tim Harford


Finance / Business

1st Term (November 2016 to October 2019)

Tim started his career in Birmingham with KPMG. Subsequently he held various finance and general management roles in Europe and Asia for an international car rental company. For the last 20 years until his retirement he held a number of global sales and business development positions for DHL, the courier and logistics company. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe as well as the USA. Tim kept a yacht in the Yacht Haven in the 1980's and retired to Lymington in 2015. He is a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, sails a Lymington Scow and is a keen cruiser sailor.


Jane Challener


  

Business Consultancy / Project Management

Co-Opted November 2016 to May 2017

1st Term (June 2017 to May 2020)

Jane was born into a sailing family and has lived in the area for most of her life. After many years of owning a Lymington quayside deli, Jane made a new career in information technology and mobile communications. Owning her own consultancy, Jane has managed programs developing leading edge technology products for the likes of Motorola, Vodafone and Deutsche Telecom. A passionate leisure sailor, Jane has been a Lymington River mooring holder for over 30 years. As a local resident, business owner and river user Jane has experienced at first hand the pleasure and benefits the harbour brings to local residents and visitors. She is keen to contribute her skills and experience to protect this asset for future generations while balancing the needs of all river users with the environmental and conservation challenges. 

Captain Alison Towler Royal Navy 

Legal / Personnel / Safety

1st Term (November 2017 to October 2020)

Brought up on the north coast of Cornwall, Alison has spent most of her life living on or near 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.


 

 


Richard Jenner

Operations Management / Personnel

2nd Term (November 2014 to October 2017)

Richard is a retired senior operational executive from a national manufacturing and distribution company. He and his family have lived in Lymington for 30 years and have been very involved with boating in the area. Richard is a past Commodore of the Lymington Town Sailing Club and in the 1990's actively helped the teaching of boating with the Sea Scouts and at the Salterns Sailing Club.

 


Geoff Stokes

Health & Safety / Marine Safety (PMSC)

2nd Term (November 2015 to October 2018)

Geoff commenced a career in the Merchant Navy in 1961 and qualified as a Master Mariner in 1970. Geoff has worked as a Harbour Pilot in both Mombasa and Dubai and as a Port Manager in Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Between 1983 and 2004 Geoff worked as a duty Harbour Master in the Port of Dover including a period working as a Harbour pilot between 1987 and 2004. In 2004 Geoff took up the post of Port Liaison Manager at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and had responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the Port Marine Safety Code in UK Ports. Geoff retired in 2009 and resides in Brockenhurst.


Paul Martin

Commercial Marine / Business

1st Term (June 2014 to May 2017)

Paul Martin has been a Director at BHG Marine for over 20 years with premises at Lymington and Bucklers Hard, and is now the third generation in the family business. Born and bred in Lymington, Paul attended both Priestlands School and Brockenhurst College, before a short time travelling abroad. He is married with 3 children who are currently attending local schools and colleges, and is passionate about local issues. In the last few years he has been actively involved with Lymington Sea Scouts and is currently a Governor at Lymington Junior School, chairing the Resources committee.  Paul is also a member on the management board of the Marine Trade Association and has close links with the British Marine Federation and National Boats Shows.

Bill Peach


IT / Business Development / Personnel

1st Term (January 2015 to January 2018)

Bill trained in maritime studies, specialising in naval architecture, marine electronics and hydrographic surveying. He was a shipping industry technical journalist and became Executive Director for IT at Lloyds Register, responsible for the development of information services, shipping databases, publication of the register of ships, the AIS Live service and other web based services.

Bill is an experienced leisure sailor and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor. He has sailed in the Mediterranean, the Canaries, the Caribbean and the US East Coast. He gives his time to Lymington Coastguards as a search and rescue volunteer. He lives in Sway.

Andrew Richards


Commercial Marine / Marine Leisure / Business

1st Term (February 2016 to January 2019)

Andrew has worked in all aspects of the Marine Industry for over 20 years including Commercial Shipping, Commercial Fishing, Aquaculture and Marine Leisure. He has held numerous senior management positions and represented the UK to establish standards for new generations of lifesaving equipment. He is currently the CEO of 3SI group, a global operating company based in Southampton whose brands include Ocean Safety, Typhoon, International Safety Products and Revere. Previously he was the CEO of Trimline and Managing Director of Crewsaver. Living in Lymington Andrew is an active member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, where he particularly supports youth sailing. He is a life Governor and supporter of the RNLI for over 20 years.


Robert Mitchell


 

Finance / Business

1st Term (November 2016 to October 2019)

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in his home city of Glasgow, Bob moved to the Midlands where he lived in Solihull for the next forty years. He held a number of senior financial posts, culminating in the role of Group Director of Financial Control with Glynwed International plc, a conglomerate whose activities included the manufacture of the award winning AGA cooker.

Bob and his wife Sue have had a second home in Milford on Sea for ten years and recently moved permanently to Milford. Their daughter and her husband live in Lymington with a boat moored on the river and their grandson is a pupil at Walhampton School. Bob has been seeking a voluntary role in the local community and looks forward to being able to contribute significantly to the work of the Commissioners.

 


Keith Lightbody


 

Health & Safety / Marine Safety

 Co-opted (November 2017 to October 2018 )

1st Term (November 2018 to October 2021)

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 a 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 and 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 and 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 and other yacht events. Keith lives in Lymington where he has a motor cruiser and enjoys various water activities with his family.