Non Executive Board

Amber Foster, Chair

Amber Foster  (2)

AMBER FOSTER was appointed to the Board in 2015 and elected as Chair in 2018. She served as Deputy Chair of the Port in 2017 and chaired the Port of Shoreham Trustee Company Ltd between 2015 and 2017. Amber’s professional background is as a qualified Solicitor. She started her career in private practice qualifying into the company/commercial team of a London law firm. She subsequently moved in-house to practise her legal skills in a business setting. As a former General Counsel of QVC UK, and Senior Counsel at Coca-Cola Enterprises, she has broad experience and knowledge of operations, manufacturing and retailing. She has led complex negotiations on a wide variety of commercial and contractual relationships and provided leadership on compliance and governance matters. She now provides legal advice to businesses on a consultancy basis. Amber has served on the boards of the Commercial Broadcasters Association and the European Electronic Retailing Association. She was until recently the Vice Chair of NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents and chaired the charity’s nominations and governance committee for several years. She lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.

Trevor Giddings, Deputy Chair

Trevor Giddings (2)TREVOR GIDDINGS was appointed to the Board in 2015 and elected Deputy Chair in January 2018. Trevor has a professional background as a Civil Engineer, and currently runs his own management consultancy, focusing on the effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure programmes and projects. He has led and supported the management of change in both large and small organisations, in the public and private sectors, mainly in the transport, energy and water industries. In earlier years, as a partner in a major consulting engineering practice, he was closely involved in marine and port engineering projects in the UK and overseas. Trevor has a great interest in the local community and the importance of Shoreham Port in helping to maintain and develop the regional economy. He has lived in Hove since 1999.

Carolyn Dwyer

Caroline Dwyer (1)CAROLYN DWYER was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Carolyn is Director of the Built Environment for the City of London Corporation and is also a Non-Executive Director for the Scottish Futures Trust and sits on the Boards of Resource London and the Planning Advisory Service. Her career has spanned more than 30 years working in the development sector, including the planning, financing and delivery of major projects as well as the development of place-making through design of public realm, open spaces and development of cultural strategies and programmes. Carolyn has held ministerial appointments including providing independent advice to the Government with the Commission for Integrated Transport. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Paviors. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, travelling and walking with family and friends. She has lived in Hove since 2003.

John Headley

619 John Headley - websiteJOHN HEADLEY lives in the Preston Park area of Brighton and commutes to London where he is Chief Financial Officer at the University of Law. John is a qualified management accountant. He has worked for many years in senior financial positions, in the higher education sector, the NHS, and previously in the Bupa Group where he held divisional Finance Director positions in the UK and in Spain. John serves on the Audit Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council.

Mark Lemmon

Mark Lemmon - WebsiteMARK LEMMON is a financial investment professional with over 35 years’ experience in banking and equity investment. He has a wealth of experience in infrastructure investment and advisory in the UK and internationally having been Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC’s global project and export finance business. Most recently, Mark was Chief Executive and then Executive Vice Chairman of Mena Infrastructure, the most successful infrastructure equity investment fund manager for the Middle East and North Africa of recent years. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor and holds BA (Hons) and MSc Accounting and Finance degrees from London University. He is a Director, Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of Quo Vadis Trust, a social housing company for clients with mental health challenges. He is married with three daughters and lives in Wimbledon, South West London.

Joanne Newell

Joanne Newell (3)JOANNE NEWELL has spent the majority of her 30 year career in media sales and marketing, joining The Guardian in 1982, becoming Managing Director of Surrey and Berkshire Media in 2001 and Berkshire Media Group in 2007. Since 2010 she has held a number of senior interim and consultancy posts spanning a diverse range of businesses and sectors including publishing, manufacturing and the NHS. Jo was chair of Brighton and Hove Citizen Advice Bureau for three years and is also a member of Brighton and Hove Macmillan Cancer Support group. Jo is married and lives in Brighton.

Stuart Nicholls


STUART NICHOLLS was appointed to the Board in 2013 and comes with a strong background in shipping and marine operations. He went to sea with the British Merchant Navy aged 16, promoted through the ranks to take deep-sea command aged 27 and moved closer to home via management posts in the offshore sector, before taking the entrepreneurial step ashore. Once ashore he formed a consultancy practice that he later merged with a technology company. Initially employed as a Sales Director then Managing Director, he prepared the company for IPO. After a successful listing on the AIM-London Stock Exchange, he was appointed Chief Executive. Now, he is the founder & CEO of StratumFive Ltd, a hi-tech software company, providing international ship owners with innovative vessel monitoring software. Stuart is an industry author, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Younger Brethren of Trinity House. Married with two sons, he enjoys sailing and skiing and is very passionate about rugby.

2016 Annual Report Timeline

Work begins on converting lights around the Port to LED energy efficient bulbs

Port staff are reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace with a thought provoking talk from Proud 2b Safe

Port assists Southwick Cricket Club and Shoreham Academy with the purchase of new cricket nets for the community

Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn is elected as Chairman of the British Ports Association

Community gathers to welcome HMS Shoreham back to the Port

Port thanks customers at annual raceday at Fontwell Park

Hundreds enjoy unique behind-the-scenes boat tour of the Port

The new wind turbines become fully operational

Port staff help complete Mile Oak Primary science bus project

Port celebrates prestigious environmental award for investigating and responding to an odour and oil seepage in the sea at Portslade Beach

The Engineering team successfully replace the sluice valve at the south east corner of the Prince Phillip Lock

Shoreham Port shows it support to Brighton & Hove City Mission Food Bank as their chosen Christmas Charity for 2016

Shoreham Port Speed Limit