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New chair for the Commission

New chair for the Commission

28 April 2022
Cowes Harbour Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Hagen as chair of the board of commissioners. Phil takes up his new role on 1 May, succeeding David Riley.

Phil Hagen joined Cowes Harbour Commission as a commissioner in May 2020.  A Cowes resident for 18 years, Phil said: “Being a commissioner is a very rewarding role that can make a tangible difference to Cowes Harbour and the twin towns of East and West Cowes.”

He added: “The Commission has a very positive and committed team under the leadership of CEO Gary Hall, and I felt this was a perfect opportunity to use my commercial experience to support the team in delivering for the local community.”

Phil started his career in the telecoms and IT sector. As a senior executive, he was responsible for many large international projects and multi-functional teams. In 2009 he changed course to focus on behavioural science, recruitment and people development, qualifying in occupational psychology. Phil is the founder and chief executive of SalesMatch, a successful psychometric assessment tool for the sales and contact centre sector.

Cowes Harbour Commission chief executive, Gary Hall said: “We are delighted that Phil Hagen will be our new chair. Phil brings both high-level commercial expertise and a deep interest in Cowes at a time of positive change for our organisation.”

Outgoing chair, David Riley said: “After six years as chairman, I am pleased to be handing over to Phil Hagen with the Commission in good condition and looking to the future.” 

With professional experience in personnel development coupled with an interest in sailing, Phil’s goals for his three-year term are to embrace diversity and to see the Harbour leading in environmental and sustainable initiatives.

Cowes Harbour Commission manages the harbour for the benefit of all harbour users, with a vision to ensure that Cowes is a thriving port that is fit for the future. As well as managing port safety, the Commission provides moorings for leisure boats in the Harbour and River Medina, Shepards Marina in Cowes and Kingston Boatyard in East Cowes.

Harbour users and local residents are welcome to the Harbour Commission’s annual general meeting on 26 May in the Island Sailing Club.

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