New recruits at Falmouth Harbour Commissioners


Following an extensive open recruitment process at the end of 2019, John Elliott joins the eight-strong board of commissioners. Elliott, who has lived in Falmouth for over 20 years, brings 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.

As well as Elliott’s new appointment, Dr Neil Andrew has also been appointed as the chair of the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners’ Consultative Committee. Andrew, a native of Falmouth, has held senior appointments in the Ministry of Defence culminating in spearheading business transformation of the research and development labs prior to privatisation and subsequent stock market flotation. A life-long sailor himself, since retiring in 2009 he has played a lead role in organising major sailing events and is a frequent harbour leisure user.

Commenting on the changes to the board and Consultative Committee, Carrie Gilmore, Chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “Both John and Neil bring a wealth of knowledge in various sectors and we look forward to them adding value and complementing the breadth of skills of the existing board members”.

Duties as a Falmouth Harbour Commissioner Board Member includes providing strategic long-term direction and attending sub-committee and monthly board meetings. As a Trust Port, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners reinvests surpluses back into the business and plays an important role in planning for the strategic long-term viability and future prosperity of the Port. The Consultative Committee play an integral part in the oversight of the day-to-day running of the business, and terms served are up to 2 years.


Further information

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Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) background information

  • FHC is the statutory body responsible for managing Falmouth Harbour
  • FHC is managed by a Board of Trustees set up as a trust port by statute to administer the harbour in the best interests of its stakeholders
  • FHC operates to the standards in the Modernising Trust Ports written by the Ports Division for the Department for Transport as part of the process of Modernising of Trust Ports and last updated in 2018
  • FHC provide pilotage services for the anchorages in Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads, Falmouth Docks, Truro, Penryn and St Mawes as well as the Helford river, the Quarries on the East side of the Lizard Peninsula and the Falmouth, Gerrans and Veryan Bays
  • Depending on length, destination and cargo, a Falmouth Pilot (a member of the Falmouth Pilots LLP) is required to assist ships entering FHC’s waters