Queen’s honour for former Falmouth Harbour Commissioner

The former chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) has been recognised in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours (16th June). David Ellis, who served as a Commissioner for 12 years, was awarded an MBE for services to the economy and community in Cornwall. He was praised for his energy and enthusiasm for community service and commitment to the wider stakeholder community in Falmouth.

During David’s time on the board he tirelessly championed the dredging initiative in a bid to drive the project forward and led the board in their decision to sponsor the appearance of the Red Arrows as part of Falmouth Regatta Week, for eight consecutive years.

The former chairman’s commitment to partnership working also inspired FHC’s strategic decision to enter into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Plymouth University. He was also instrumental in a unique Exeter University partnership which resulted in the creation of the Falmouth Bay Test Site for wave energy devices – the first time that a harbour authority has leased, licensed and operated a test site.

Alongside his role with FHC, the former chief superintendent of Devon & Cornwall Police chaired the Safeguarding Children board for a number of years and worked as an independent non-executive director for Coastline Housing, a social housing provider in Camborne.

 After serving three terms with FHC, the maximum time a commissioner can serve on the board, David stood down as Chairman in December.

 New FHC chair, Carrie Gilmore, says: “The board is delighted that David has received this award, recognising his foresight and commitment to both Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and the town itself. Very well deserved!”

David Ellis, says: “It was a shock and brilliant surprise to learn that I had been awarded an MBE. I very much enjoyed my time with FHC and look back with great pride in our achievements.”