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


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.


Andrew Williams

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

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John Elliot

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

Consultative Committee

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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.

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David Richardson JP

David has been sailing in the Fal for over 40 years and has berthed his Rossiter Curlew in Falmouth for the last 10 years. He has a background in the Hospitality and Service Industry. He has also served as Chair of his local Harbour Advisory Cttee. He has been sailing for over 50 years, and cruised extensively around the UK and Southern Ireland.

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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.

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Capt Peter Grounds

Peter is a retired Master Mariner who has lived in the Falmouth area for over 30 years and for the last 20 years has commanded high speed catamaran ferries, and prior to that had a varied career  within Esso Petroleum, both at sea and ashore in logistics, planning and retail. He has been a regular leisure user of the Port and as a local Parish Councillor is keen to assist in the positive ongoing development of the Port and surrounding area.

The FHC Team

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Miles Carden

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.


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Duncan Paul

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.”


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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

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Tim Jones

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. mm@falmouthharbour.co.uk