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.

Find out more about the team at Falmouth Haven or the team at Falmouth Pilot Services.

Chair and Deputy Chairman

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Carrie Gilmore

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.

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Gary Tranter

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.

The Board of Commissioners

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Colin Jarvis

Colin joined the Board in June 2013 after a 43-year career working in civil engineering, transportation and economic regeneration with a range or organisations. Through his project director role at CDC, he played a lead role in the PFDI; the 1st phase of the Penryn River study. Colin lives in Falmouth.

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Professor Julian Wolfram

Julian is a retired professor, with more than 45 years of combined marine engineering, business management and consultancy experience. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Chartered Engineer and Yachtmaster. Julian lives in Falmouth.


Mark Chanter

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

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Ben Grigg

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.

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Adrian Davis

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, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. Adrian joined the Board in January 2019 and lives in Truro.

Consultative Committee

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Lieutenant Commander Ian Munday MBE Royal Navy

A retired RN officer, Ian has been the chair of the Committee since 2009. Since retiring in 2006 he has worked in Falmouth as a marine surveyor & consultant for commercial & recreational clients. He keeps his Westerly yacht in Falmouth, is a RYA Instructor, & a member of RCYC & Mylor Yacht Club.

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Dr Neil Andrew CEng FRINA FRAeS CDipAF

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.

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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.

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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.

The FHC Team

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Mark Sansom

Mark became deputy Harbour Master in 1992 & became CEO and Harbour Master in 2000. Mark is a member of the board and responsible to them for implementing their strategy & oversight of all operations undertaken by FHC & for the operation of the Marine Safety Management System. hm@falmouthharbour.co.uk

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Lloyd Pond

Lloyd is the Maintenance Manager & Assistant Harbour Master, he is responsible for the conservancy (maintenance) function of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. mm@falmouthharbour.co.uk

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Duncan Paul

Duncan is the Deputy Harbour Master. As well as deputising for Mark, Duncan has prime responsibility for commercial movements in the harbour as well as leading on emergency preparedness and response. He is also the General Manager for Falmouth Pilot Services. dhm@falmouthharbour.co.uk

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Vicki Spooner

Vicki is the Environment and Quality Systems Manager responsible for developing and maintaining the organisations integrated management system. eqsm@falmouthharbour.co.uk

Lesley Allan

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. fm@falmouthharbour.co.uk