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Serving Commissioners for Cowes Harbour Commission

Serving Commissioners

All our serving Commissioners have a standing interest in the Cowes community.

Capt Stuart McIntoshCaptain Stuart McIntosh
Harbour Master / Chief Executive

Stuart commenced his Merchant Navy career in 1975 serving on a wide variety of vessels from oil tankers to ferries before diversifying into the world of superyachts. Joined Cowes Harbour Commission in 1997 and was appointed to Harbour Master/Chief Executive in 1999.


David Riley
Chairman, 2nd term 2019-2022
Appointed 2009, 3rd term 2015-2018


David Riley is a consultant to a firm of chartered accountants and a former Director of an international association of professional firms. A keen racing sailor, David grew up on the East Coast and having kept a boat here for 30 years has been a Cowes resident since 2003.

Commissioner Vanessa Clifford
Vanessa Clifford
Deputy Chairman
Marine Services, Marketing & Business Development
Appointed 2019


Vanessa is a former chief executive of the industry body for the UK’s national news brands. She brings skills in business strategy, marketing and commercial operations following over 25 years’ in the media and advertising industry working in companies including Publicis Media, British Rail and GroupM/WPP. Vanessa grew up on the south coast of Devon and has been a Cowes resident since 2007.

Clive Blount
Clive Blount
Stakeholder Relations
Appointed 2020


Clive Blount spent 37 years as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Group Captain in 2017. Whilst serving, Clive also ran the offshore division of the RAF Sailing Association and represented the RAF on the board of the Joint Services Transglobe Expedition. Since retiring from the RAF, Clive has been instructing RYA courses and MCA Boat Master candidates, having been a powerboat instructor since 2004. Clive is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.


Jonathan Gillespie
Safety & Security
Appointed 2015, 2nd term 2018-2021

Jo has a long history with Cowes Harbour having grown up by the River Medina. He spent over 30 years as a pilot in military and commercial aviation. In 2005 he returned to the Island and now lives in Cowes from where he dry sails a sports boat. Jo has extensive experience in aviation safety and risk management and provides worldwide consultancy and training in this field through his own company and as Director and Senior Safety Consultant for a City of London based aviation services business.


Phil Hagen
Phil Hagen
Strategy & Performance / Personnel Management
Appointed 2020


Following a long career running companies in the global telecom and technology sector, Phil is the founder and CEO of a company specialising in behavioural assessments to the sales profession and contact centre industry. Since 2013, he has also held the position of non-executive director for a London-based executive search company. Having lived in Cowes since 2004, he is a keen yacht racer and an RYA National Race Officer.


Christopher Preston 
Port & Harbour Development / Conservation, Environment & Sustainability
Appointed 2015, 2nd term 2018-2021


Chris has visited Cowes regularly since 1969, competed at many Cowes Weeks and other regattas, and has now made Cowes his home. He has 30 years of international experience as a banker and 25 years as a non-executive director in different organisations. Chris also brings considerable experience in the marine industry, in organising yachting projects, and business strategy. Currently, he is Chair of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Board.

Ra Hennessy Commissioner
Ra Hennessy
Communications & Marketing
Appointed 2017, 2nd term 2020-2023


With over 20 years’ experience in marketing and new product development gained in companies and organisations including Guinness (Diageo), BNP Paribas, the RAC and McCormick. Ra is currently in charge of marketing for the independent day and boarding school on the Island. Ra started to visit the Island and commenced sailing in Cowes in 2011, finally moving to the Island permanently in 2014. Ra and her family continue to be part of the sailing community in Cowes and she brings marketing experience from many diverse industries.

James Evans
James Evans
Governance & Regulatory
Appointed 2018


James has practised as a barrister specialising in commercial law since 1993 and has been based in Buckler’s Hard for over 30 years. He has been a regular visitor to Cowes for many years as a keen sailor and has family connections to Bembridge. He is enthusiastic and proud to contribute to the maintenance and development of the harbour for all stakeholders, and during a period of several major projects.

Commissioner Steve Sheridan
Steve Sheridan
Financial Management
Appointed 2019


Steve has had a career working in banking and finance and has experience developing new businesses in the private sector. He has a keen interest in sailing having spent over 30 years sailing keelboats and dinghies in the Solent. Living in Ryde, Steve enjoys exploring the Solent in his cruising boat, which is moored in the Medina and is a former Commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Fishbourne.

Jason Losty
Jason Losty
Deputy Safety & Security
Co-opted 2020


Jason Losty started his Merchant Navy Career in 1998, serving on oil tankers and ferries. He subsequently moved to the oil and gas industry, fulfilling a variety of roles at sea and in shoreside management. He changed career path in 2017 to become a Southampton Pilot, making Cowes his home. Jason grew up in Cork, Ireland and enjoys racing small keelboats and cruising.

 



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