Shoreham Port’s Board of Directors will see considerable change as we reach the end of 2014 and enter a new year. Chairman of the Board, Jim May and Fiona Morris will be leaving the Board at the end of December as their third and final terms come to an end. Jim and Fiona have made a significant contribution to the Port, latterly steering it through a very challenging economic climate, yet ensuring revenue has continued to increase year on year.
Jim was appointed to the Board in 2006 and was elected Chairman in January 2012. Jim has overseen major developments at Shoreham over the past nine years and has been a strong advocate for the Port remaining a Trust Port. Jim commented “Our trust port status is something that we take very seriously. The Board place a strong emphasis on remaining at the heart of the community, providing vital employment opportunities and acting as a catalyst for the local economy. As I look back over my time at the Port I feel immensely proud of our staff for making Shoreham the commercially thriving port that it is today.”
Fiona Morris was appointed to the Board in 2006 and was elected Deputy Chair in January 2012, for a two year term. She has been a committed supporter of the Port’s major investment programmes, undertaken by the Board to ensure that Shoreham Port is able to build on its tremendous past and compete in a very challenging market, now and in the future. Fiona said “It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a unique and dynamic organisation, which has been, and will continue to, serve Sussex for centuries. Through a very challenging climate the Port has managed to keep all of their staff in employment, with no redundancies being made, even throughout the recession. Many new appointments and apprenticeships have also been established and it has been a pleasure to be a part of such a significant employer for the local area”.
The Port will also be saying goodbye to Rachael Henderson who due to other work commitments overseas, will leave the Board at the end of this year after one term. Rachael was appointed to the Board in January 2012 and brought with her over twenty years’ experience in Human Resources. Rachael commented “I have been delighted to work for an organisation that values its staff and stakeholders so much”
Jim continued “I have every confidence in the remaining Board members and new recruits that will be joining the Board in January. A rigorous recruitment process took place recently and the skill set of the Board was not only raised again but also diversified further”. Joining the Board in January is Trevor Giddings, Jo Newell, Amber Foster and Carolyn Dwyer. Trevor has a professional background as a Civil Engineer, Jo has extensive commercial and operational experience, Amber has a background in commercial logistics/haulage and legal, and Carolyn has a background in transport infrastructure and stakeholder engagement.
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “I would like to say a huge thank you to Jim, Fiona and Rachael for their contribution to the success of Shoreham Port. I wish them all the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming our new Board members in January who will continue the successful development of the Port for the benefit of our customers and stakeholders.”