Cowes Harbour Commission employs 26 full time and five part-time, permanent staff. The core team is supported by a number of additional seasonal staff during the summer months. The Chief Executive Gary Hall and Harbour Master Ed Walker maintain overall responsibility for the organisation, delegating the majority of the day-to-day operation to the appropriate manager. The senior management team also includes Finance Officer Theresa Dunford who is responsible for the accounting and financial management and also has line management responsibilities for the administration staff. The PR and Marketing Manager is Steve Spilsbury and he is responsible for stakeholder and communications, as well as the marketing of CHC’s commercial marine services.
The Deputy Harbour Master (DHM) Statutory role assists the Harbour Master with the Commission’s “day-today” compliance with all aspects of the Port Marine Safety Code and associated statutory legislation.
The Marine Services Manager, Jock Rafferty, is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of CHC’s commercial marine services and for the delivery of customer services. At Cowes Harbour Services, Kingston Wharf in East Cowes, Jock’s team consists of the boatyard and marine services operatives, administrators and receptionists. At Shepards Marina in Cowes, Jock leads the marina and dry sailing teams, Harbour Patrol Officers, and up to five seasonal staff, plus administrators and receptionists.
The Estuaries Officer, Sue Hawley, works for the Isle of Wight Estuaries Project, a partnership between CHC, the Environment Agency, Isle of Wight Council, Natural England, and Yarmouth Harbour Commission.