The persons presently holding office as Commissioners are shown in the table below.

Lymington Harbour Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Harbour Commissioners with effect from the 1st May 2021.

The Commissioners are pleased to welcome Paul and Philip 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.

Paul will succeed Bill Beach who retired on 30th April 2021 and Philip has been co-opted from 1st May and will succeed Andrew Richards whom will retire on 12th January 2022.

Tim Harford (Chairman)

Finance / Business 

On the 1st June 2020, Tim Harford succeeded Richard Jenner as Chairman of the Commissioners.

2nd Term (Nov 2019 to Oct 2022)

Tim who was appointed as a Commissioner in 2016, 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 and 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, enjoys cruising and keeps a power boat in the Lymington Yacht Havens.

Jane Challener

Business Consultancy / Project Management

2nd Term (June 2020 to May 2023)

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 (Vice Chair)

Legal / Personnel / Safety

On the 1st June 2020, Alison Towler succeeded Tim Harford as Vice Chairman of the Commissioners.

2nd Term (Nov 2020 to Oct 2023)

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. As a barrister she developed particular expertise in criminal, administrative and employment law, assisted in the formulation of government policy, drafted legislation and became an advisor to the Navy and Army Boards. Living locally since 2009, Alison is an experienced sailor and RYA Yachtmaster (Coastal). She is a member of Royal Lymington Yacht Club and is a dedicated chorister at St Thomas' Church.

Chris Lisher

Health & Safety / Marine Safety (PMSC)

2nd Term (October 2021 to September 2024)

Chris spent his whole working career in the marine industry. Firstly, at sea as a Deck Officer and Master for several companies in the Merchant Navy, before moving into management in the submarine telecoms cable industry where he undertook roles in operations, project management and human resources, culminating in several years as a Director.

Chris then moved to a role as Chief Executive and Harbour Master at Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, where he worked until he retired from full time employment. During his time in Yarmouth Chris led projects to improve customer service by improving the layout of the harbour, refurbishing the facilities ashore and updating the processes and computer systems as well as renovating the pier. He is an avid bird watcher and is keen to keep the balance between a commercial viable harbour and the environment. Chris has lived in the Lymington area for the last 12 years.

Paul Harrison

IT / Business Development / Personnel

1st Term (May 2021 to April 2024)

Paul holds a senior position of Sales Director for Garmin UK and IRE where he and his teams are responsible for the marine division as well as all things active within the brand. His work background is mainly within Sales and General Management as well as time working overseas within the International yachting industry. Paul is passionate in ensuring the waters are open and accessible to all. This passion led him to be a member of the Salterns committee helping to maintaining opportunities for all local children.

Paul grew up in Lymington and now lives here with his wife and two children. Paul has been a regular user of the river from sailing with the 9th Lymington Scouts during the 80’s to regularly competing within the local keel boat events. Paul is proud to be also an active member of the Lymington Lifeboat crew. Paul is also a mooring holder and a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Andrew Richards

Commercial Marine / Marine Leisure / Business

2nd Term (February 2019 to January 2022)

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 Managing Director of Alliance Marine UK Holdings Ltd, 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 a member of Lymington Town Sailing Club and 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.


Mike Bowles

Port and Maritime Operations / Maritime Security

Co-opted (August 2020 to October 2020 then 1st Term November 2020 to October 2023)

Mike served in the Royal Corps of Transport/Royal Logistic Corps for 34 years. During this time in the Army he specialised in port and maritime operations and was based at Marchwood Military Port for over 15 years in total. He also saw service in Germany, USA, the Falkland Islands and Brazil.

After leaving the Army he worked first in maritime security and then for the last 12 years as a Project and Race Director with Sail Training International, organisers of the Tall Ships Races.

He lists among his pastimes dinghy and offshore sailing.
Born in Bournemouth, he and his wife now live in Brockenhurst where they have had a house for the last 30 years. They are both very involved in local organisations and are also members of Keyhaven Yacht Club.


John Morrow

Finance / Business

(1st Term August 2020 to July 2023)

John is from a Southampton family and has lived in a number of Solent towns.

He studied Naval Architecture and after some time living abroad he moved to Lymington with his family in 1995. He worked in the oil business both internationally and in the U.K. until he retired in 2019, although he remains a non Executive Director of a North Sea oil company and a senior advisor to a number of companies.

John has been on the water from an early age both as a sailor and power-boater. He is a RYA Yacht Master Offshore and has owned a number of dinghies and keel boats over the years. He is a member of both Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and is strongly committed to contributing to the management of Lymington Harbour and its continued protection and development.


Philip Naylor

Business / Safety

Co-opted 1st May 2021 to 11th January 2022 then 1st Term 12th January 2022 to 11th January 2025 (will take over from Andrew Richards who will retire on 11th January 2022)

Philip has worked in various sectors of the marine industry for over 45 years, initially serving at sea as a deck officer on passenger ships and then ashore where he was responsible for the safe and reliable operation of a fleet of cruise ships.

Philip was previously the Director of Maritime Safety & Standards for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in Southampton. His role there included advising Ministers about the policy requirements for all areas of maritime safety, pursuing UK national interests through the International Maritime Organisation and promoting growth in the number of ships registered in the UK.

He has lived in the Hythe area for over 25 years and currently works for a leading yacht management company based in London.

In his spare time Philip can often be found walking in the Lymington nature reserve and around the Keyhaven Marshes, where he and his wife enjoy identifying the variety of birds which visit the area through the seasons.

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