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Cowes Harbour Advisory
Committee (CHAC)

Cowes Harbour Commission is committed to open dialogue with our stakeholders. An Advisory Committee, appointed by the board represents the beneficiaries and stakeholders of Cowes Harbour.

CHAC is a key element of good governance for the harbour, creating a point of contact between the Harbour Commission and harbour stakeholders. This enables the Commission to consult and seek guidance from stakeholders, and for stakeholders to table ideas, raise concerns and comment on proposed changes to the operation of the harbour.

Committee Stakeholder Representatives

Chaired by Mark Southwell, Operation Manager of Cowes RNLI, the committee includes representatives from Red Funnel, UKSA, Cowes and East Cowes Town Councils, marina operators, sailing clubs, event committees, shipyards and commercial operators. In addition, Chief Executive Gary Hall, the Cowes Harbour Master Harbour Master, and Commissioner Clive Blount  attend on behalf of the Harbour Commission

The Advisory Committee self-appoints their Chair. The composition of CHAC is decided by committee members and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it reflects the community which the Harbour Commission serves.

CHAC Meetings

CHAC meets three times a year, usually in January, April and September. The agenda at each Advisory Committee meeting covers the following topics: marine industry, commercial vessels, leisure activity, marinas, moorings & berths, regattas and racing, public use and access. Minutes of the meetings can be found using the link at the bottom of the page.

Stakeholder GroupsAdvisory Committee Member
Medina Waterfront Freehold ResidentsJohn Corby, Owner Corby Yachts
Sailing and Training Establishments 

Ben Willows, CEO UKSA
Cowes Town CouncilCllrs Anni Adams & Michael Paler
Cowes High Street Businesses Lou Newlands, Joli
Cowes Clubs and Classes AssociationGiles Peckham
Cowes Week LtdLaurence Mead, Regatta Director
East Cowes Town CouncilCllrs Karl Love & Tracy Reardon
Medina Combined Clubs

Medina Mariners Association including Ryde & Newport Rowing Clubs

East Cowes Sailing Club
Dave Casson
Red Funnel GroupLeanna Lakes, Operations Director Red Funnel
Newport Harbour Authority and IW CouncilCllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox
Marina Operators

East Cowes Marina

Cowes Yacht Haven (see CTWT below)
Mike Townshend
Cowes Town Waterfront TrustDaniel Jehan, Managing Director Cowes Yacht Haven
West Cowes Shipyards and Wharf Operators

Medina Wharf


Victory Yard

Diverse Marine

Medina Yard
John Corby, Owner Corby Yachts
East Cowes Shipyards and Wharf Operators

RWE Power

Clarence Boatyard
Independent Boat Builders

Wight Shipyard


RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre
Rob Stewart, Commercial Director AMC
Commercial Vessel Operators

Solent & Wightline Cruises

Seacat Services

Faversham Shipping

Carisbrook Shipping

Williams Shipping
Mark & Lee Rayment, Solent & Wightline Cruises
Julian Shawyer, WIlliams Shipping
Commercial Fishermen and Water TaxisBob Holt, Cowes Water Taxis
Cowes RNLIMark Southwell (chair). Lifeboat Operations Manager Cowes RNLI


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Contact the Committee

If you want to raise a question or have a comment on any of the agenda topics, please contact a member of the Advisory Committee by sending an email to chac@cowes.co.uk

You can also contact the Advisory Committee by letter sent to:

Cowes Harbour Commission, Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AS