Structure, governance and management
Lord Brabazon of Tara PC DL Privy Counsellor. Former Minister of State for Transport. Deputy Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight. Trustee and former Commodore of Bembridge Sailing Club.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, RD Eminent yachtsman and author.
Christopher Bland Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight 1995-2006 and Freeman of the Island. Founder of Hovertravel and Hoverwork and Director for 45 years. Director of Red Funnel for 20 years.
Michael MacInnes Former Chairman of BHT. Chartered Accountant. Former Chairman of Moore Stephens International. Former Trustee and and Commodore of Bembridge Sailing Club.
Sir Ian Cheshire Chairman of Barclays UK, and non-executive director of BT. He has also served as Lead Non Executive Director for the Government, Campaign Chairman of Heads Together, Chair of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund and is a trustee of The Institute for Government. He was previously chief executive of Kingfisher plc. He and his wife Kate have had a home in Bembridge for over 20 years.
Sir Paul Kenny Beginning his working life at Fullers Brewery in Chiswick aged 15, he then worked in construction and various industries including local government before being appointed as an official of the then GMWU in 1979, becoming GMB London Regional Secretary in 1991 and General Secretary for two terms from 2006 to 2016. He was President of the TUC in 2012 and has served twice on the board of the Health and Safety Executive, from 2009, and later from 2018. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list for his services to trade unions, the same year as he moved to the Isle of Wight where he remains actively engaged on issues of social justice and community values.
Sir Ian and Sir Paul’s posts to be formalised at the 2020 AGM
Jeremy Gully, Chairman Former Senior Partner of Gully Howard Chartered Surveyors. Ex commercial fisherman. Interests in property, recreational fishing and sailing from his home on a houseboat in the Harbour.
Chris Attrill Director of H Attrill & Sons (IW) Ltd, boatyard whose family has for generations been boat building in the Harbour. Member of the Ocean Sailing Club.
Jonathan Bacon Practiced as a barrister and was a legal academic for many years. IoW Council Leader 2015-2017. Active in a wide range of Island institutions, including St Helens, Rookley and Godshill parish councils; as a governor at various IoW schools; chair of Bembridge Community Library; chair of St Helens Sports and Carnival Committee; chair of IoW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and trustee of IoW Red Squirrel Trust, Isle Access and the IoW Law Centre. He lives in St Helens.
Felix Hetherington Solicitor (non-practising). Former Chairman of Cowes Waterfront Trust (owners of Cowes Yacht Haven) and the Classic Boat Museum. Formerly Chairman of Cowes Harbour Commission. Formerly Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Council, former Trustee and past Commodore of Brading Haven Yacht Club (BHYC).
Norman Marshall Has a background in teaching, management consultancy and finance. His particular area of expertise is in communication. He lives in London, where he sits as a magistrate, writes, and coaches young teachers and social entrepreneurs. He is Treasurer of Tooting Constituency Labour Party. He has had a base in St Helens for the last 20 years and spends many weeks of the year here. He is a member of Bembridge Sailing Club and of the Bembridge One Design Association.
John Raymond Hon Treasurer of the Redwing Class. A regular Illusion and Redwing sailor with a home in Bembridge.
Sara Smith A Bembridge resident, passionate about the Harbour and its future for the community. Enjoys sailing, is an active member of Brading Haven Yacht Club and was involved in training young sailors for many years. Her father-in-law was a founder member; her father was Commodore and she is now a BHYC Trustee. Her son Ben operates Tackt-Isle Adventures, the outdoor activity centre based on the Duver.
William Bland is a co-opted Trustee pending the AGM. William Bland qualified as a chartered accountant in the seventies, and worked for multi-national and setting up his own practice. He spent holidays in Bembridge for many years with his growing family, before setting up permanent residence here ten years ago, after he and his wife retired. He is a member of Bembridge Sailing Club and is a keen Bembridge One Design sailor.
The Advisory Board will continue to exist, but in a dormant state, as their role relates to independent scrutiny of any Harbour Management set up by the Trust and it is therefore unlikely that the Trust would need its services in the foreseeable future.
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