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 August 2020.

The Commissioners are pleased to welcome John and Mike 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.

Mike and John will succeed Paul Martin and Richard Jenner who will both retire on the 31st October.

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.

1st Term (Nov 2017 to Oct 2020)
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.

Richard Jenner (Chairman)

Operations Management / Personnel

3rd Term (November 2017 to October 2020)
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.

Chris Lisher

Health & Safety / Marine Safety (PMSC)

1st Term (November 2018 to October 2021)
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 Martin

Commercial Marine / Business

2nd Term (June 2017 to May 2020) Co-opted to Oct 20
Paul Martin was a Director at BHG Marine for over 20 years until the business was sold in 2019. Paul now works for the new owners. 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

2nd Term (January 2018 to January 2021)
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

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.

Robert Mitchell

Finance / Business

2nd Term (November 2019 to October 2022)
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 a Birmingham based plc

Bob and his wife Sue had a second home in Milford on Sea for ten years and in 2014 moved permanently to Milford. He is pleased to  be able to use his skills for the benefit of the Commissioners.


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.

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