Falmouth Harbour Commissioners

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners undertake the statutory and regulatory management of the Harbour. They have created two business arms to provide focussed management of their leisure and pilotage operations.

CHAIR, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN and CEO

Carrie Gilmore
Carrie Gilmore
Chair

Carrie has more than 30 years of human resources and management experience and has worked in a variety of different industries including retail, brewing, IT, leisure, banking & financial services. She has held Director/Board positions since 1996. Carrie lives in Mawnan Smith and works as a HR consultant.

Gary Tranter
Gary Tranter
Deputy Chair

Gary retired in 2012 after 45 years in the Shipping & Logistics business. During his last 5 working years he was Managing Director of Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd, a leading ship agency with offices worldwide including Falmouth. Gary moved to Falmouth in 2011 and is a leisure user of the harbour.

Miles Carden
CEO

Miles joined FHC as CEO in 2021. Miles’ background before joining FHC includes; property, economic development, marketing, trade and investment and the aviation, aerospace and space industries. Miles lives locally in St Mawes and has over 40 years of sailing experience in the port. As Chief Executive, Miles is a member of the Board and is responsible for the sustainable growth of Falmouth Harbour, management and development of the Organisation.

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Mark Chanter
Mark Chanter
Commissioner

Mark is a solicitor with Stephens Scown of Truro; he brings an abundance of business planning experience to the role. He currently holds the post of Honorary Solicitor of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Society. Mark joined the Board in January 2017.

Adrian Davis
Adrian Davis
Commissioner

Adrian retired from the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in April 2016, having completed 30 years of service and achieving the rank of Chief Fire Officer. More recently, he has held the position of Non Executive Director with Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT), where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. Adrian has been a Senior Independent Director for CFT for the last 18 months. Adrian joined the Board in January 2019 and lives in Truro.

John Elliot
John Elliot
Commissioner

John has had over 30 years’ experience working in a variety of fields from water utilities, energy, media, telecoms and most recently financial services where he was Chief Operating Officer. John has lived in Falmouth for over 20 years and is an enthusiastic kayaker and open water swimmer.

Ben Grigg
Ben Grigg
Commissioner

Ben was employed in Product Management and Sales & Marketing Director roles for 12 years at marine equipment manufacturer Lewmar Ltd, and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas. More recently, he has provided business consultancy to leisure and commercial marine businesses. Ben is currently employed by Exeter University, delivering a £6.8m European Regional Development Fund, which enables marine technology research and innovation activities with businesses in Cornwall & IoS. Ben grew up Falmouth.

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
Commissioner

Andrew is land manager and business owner outside Bodmin. He brings a diverse view on the workings of business with specific interest in diversification and enhancement. He currently holds posts with the Country Land and Business Association and the Cornwall Agri-Food Council. Andrew joined the Board in July 2019.

Consultative Committee

Dr Neil Andrew
Dr Neil Andrew
Chair

A native of Falmouth, Neil held senior appointments in the MoD culminating in spearheading business transformation of the R&D labs prior to privatisation and subsequent stock market flotation. A life-long sailor himself, since retiring in 2009 he has played a lead in organising major sailing events.

Matt Borne

Matt has been in Cornwall since the early 90s, working in economic development and business support both as a consultant and for a variety of organisations including Cornwall Council, Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Development Company and now Innovate UK Edge. I have lived in Falmouth since 1993 and remain an active participant in marine leisure activities in and around Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay including windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and fishing.

Chris Freer

Chris works as Marine Innovation and Commercial Manager for Cornwall Marine Network Group. Chris has a wealth of knowledge of the marine sector and marine technology developments, particularly floating offshore wind. Chris understands key business processes including financial management, technology potential, marketing, funding, operations and HR. Chris is familiar with the local business sector and economy networks and has a passion for all things maritime and Cornwall.

Don Garman
Don Garman

Don worked in education for the whole of his working life as a teacher, local and government education adviser and self-employed consultant. He taught sailing for 28 years and established four RYA teaching establishments. He has served on two sailing club committees as bosun and Rear Commodore Sailing. He has owned yachts for forty years and currently owns a traditionally built 27’ gaff cutter. He is currently Vice Chair and Director of Falmouth Classics Association Ltd, Deputy Station Manager and Training Manager at Nare Point Coastwatch Station and has an interest in a local boatyard.

Victoria Hobson

Victoria is a lecturer in marine ecology and conservation at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. My research and professional career has been focused on marine ecology and conservation, focusing on the how mobile marine species interact with their environments using animal attached technologies, particularly jellyfish, turtles and fish. Victoria was previously the marine biologist for the UKHO and is currently a committee member of the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

Richard Jeffery
Richard Jeffery

Richard is a master mariner and an ocean yachtmaster. Having spent 16 years as a managing director with the world’s largest inspection testing and certification business, he established his own leadership development consultancy in the Middle East. In 2017 he returned to his native Cornwall. He is a regular leisure user of the port.

Dave Nicoll

Dave has lived in Falmouth all his life. Qualifying as a Civil Engineer and Commercial Diver he spent 16 years working on construction projects in the marine and water industry sectors. In 2001 he moved to the Fundraising Sector, running the RNLI’s Fundraising and Partnerships in the Southwest Region, being involved in many of Falmouth’s major events including the Sea Shanty Festival, Castle to Castle Swim and Tall Ships. He has been involved in sailing, diving and other maritime interests from a young age and for the last 42 years has been a volunteer crew member of Falmouth Lifeboats, currently serving as a Deputy 2nd Coxswain.

David Owens
David Owens

A native of Cornwall, Dave has extensive experience in local government, government agencies and the private sector working in the fields of planning, flooding, pollution, environmental and emergency management. A racing sailor for 40 years he has played key roles in Flushing Sailing Club and sailed in some 30 Falmouth Weeks.

Tristan Rowe

Tristan grew up on Mylor Yacht Harbour and has spent his life on the waters around Falmouth, in Optimists to 100m Superyachts and everything in between. Tristan is a keen cruising sailor and passionate about Falmouth Harbour being a welcoming and accessible port for all to enjoy. He has over 20 years’ experience in the marine leisure industry and is currently the After Sales Director for Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding.

Mat Spencer

Mat is the Marine Operations Manager for World Fuel Services based in Falmouth. Having served internationally at sea he attained his Master Mariner qualification before coming ashore in 2001 and has held a number of positions within the marine sector. He now leads Marine Operations in UK and Europe for WFS.
Mat enjoys outdoor activities, mostly surfing, fishing and dog walking.

Steve Taylor

As a keen competitive dinghy sailor from a young age, and realising a passion for boats, Steve has had many varied roles in the marine industry including; apprentice boat builder when leaving school, running his own boat building and repair business working around the world, working in the water sports industry and becoming Principal of an RYA approved water sports centre, studying as a mature student to achieve a BSc (Hons) to become a Small Craft and Yacht Surveyor, working in education to develop apprenticeship programmes with a large manufacturer of motor yachts on the South Coast. Steve has been in Cornwall for around 13 years working for The Cornwall College Group for the last 5 and becoming Head of Falmouth Marine School in 2020. Steve is passionate about the sea, the environment and developing local links to business.

The FHC Team

Miles Carden CEO
Miles Carden
CEO

Miles joined FHC as CEO in 2021. Miles’ background before joining FHC includes; property, economic development, marketing, trade and investment and the aviation, aerospace and space industries. Miles lives locally in St Mawes and has over 40 years of sailing experience in the port. As Chief Executive, Miles is a member of the Board and is responsible for the sustainable growth of Falmouth Harbour, management and development of the Organisation.

Duncan Paul Harbour Master
Duncan Paul
Harbour Master

Duncan was appointed Harbour Master in June 2020 having previously served in assistant and deputy harbour master roles. As harbour master, he is responsible for overseeing the marine safety management system, a role he combines with that of General Manager for Falmouth Pilot Services.”

Viki Spooner Environment and Quality Systems Manager
Vicki Spooner
Environment and Quality Systems Manager

Vicki is the Environment and Quality Systems Manager responsible for developing and maintaining the organisations integrated management system.

Tim Jones Assistant Harbour
Tim Jones
Assistant Harbour Master

Tim took over as Assistant Harbour Master in March 2021 and is responsible for the Conservancy function of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Tim is a keen sailor having cruised the south coast all his life and has worked away on larger sailboats for a number of years before joining FHC. He holds a BSc Hons in Environmental Science is interested in providing sustainable solutions moving forward.

Ifor Pedley
Assistant Harbour Master (Operations)

Ifor became Assistant Harbour Master (Operations) in January 2022 after previously serving on the Pilot Boats. In his role, Ifor has responsibility for the Pilot Boats and crews as well as supporting Duncan with port marine safety. Ifor has a background in Operations Management and has a Masters Degree in Business.

Lesley Allan
Finance Manager

Lesley is the Finance Manager for FHC responsible for ensuring that the finances of the Organisation are managed in an accountable and auditable manner. She provides financial management information to assist the CEO and the Board to make informed financial decisions and ensures that statutory responsibilities in respect of required returns of financial information are complied with. She also produces collated accounts in the required format by statute or guidance.

Kathryn Smith
Executive Support

Having lived in the Midlands all her life, Kathryn has recently relocated to Falmouth with her Cornish husband. Kathryn has extensive PA/Executive Support experience and is enjoying her new role working with the CEO and the Board at FHC.