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 Harbour Master/Chief Executive, Captain Stuart McIntosh, maintains overall responsibility for the organisation, delegating the majority of the day-to-day operation to the appropriate manager.
Jon Howden is the newly appointed Deputy Harbour Master (DHM) Statutory, and will assist the Harbour Master with the Commission’s “day-today” compliance with all aspects of the Port Marine Safety Code and associated statutory legislation, whilst also training to become a Cowes Pilot. Jon is also responsible for the management of the Cowes Harbour Services Fuel Berth.
DHM Statutory Jon Kidd resigned in April 2019 to pursue other career opportunities, and CHC has expressed the Commission’s thanks for his contribution to the harbour over the last four years.
Ed Walker is Deputy Harbour Master Marine Services, responsible for the development and delivery of CHC’s commercial marine services and moorings, and acts as the principal marine Pilot.
The Marine Services Manager, Jock Rafferty, is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of CHC’s commercial marine services. At Cowes Harbour Services, Kingston Wharf in East Cowes, Jock is supported by two Team Leaders, five Port Operatives, Administrators and Receptionists. At Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina in Cowes, Jock is supported by a two Team Leaders, Berthing Masters, Harbour Patrol Officers, Port Operatives, and up to five seasonal staff, plus Administrators and Receptionists.
Finance Officer Theresa Dunford is responsible for the accounting and financial management and also has line management responsibilities for the administration staff. The Communications and Marketing Officer, Louisa Mamakou, is responsible for stakeholder and media communications, as well as the marketing of CHC’s commercial marine services. 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.