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News - 01/05/20

Cowes Harbour welcomes new Board members

CHC appoints three non-executive Commissioners 

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is pleased to announce that Clive Blount, Phil Hagen and Jason Losty, have recently been appointed to the Cowes Harbour Commission Board.

The three volunteer Commissioners have joined the CHC Board following an advertising and competitive recruitment process earlier in the year. Clive Blount and Phil Hagen have been appointed for a term of three years, effective from 1st May 2020. The Board also co-opted Jason Losty as a Commissioner for a period of 12 months. 

David Riley, Chairman at Cowes Harbour Commission, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Commissioners and to add their considerable expertise to the existing professional skills and experience of the current Board. It is extremely important that Cowes Harbour Commission has all the experience requirements necessary to meet the particular challenges of these unprecedented times as well as the changing demands of the Commission.”

Clive BlountClive Blount spent 37 years as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Group Captain in 2017.

Whilst serving, he 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.

Phil HagenPhil Hagen had a long career running companies in the global telecom and technology sector, and 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, Phil is a keen yacht racer and an RYA National Race Officer.

Jason LostyJason 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.

Jason 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.

Meanwhile, Commissioners Andrew Cooper and Nick Elderfield have stood down from the Board after serving two three-year terms and one three-year term respectively. At the April 2020 Board meeting, Chairman David Riley and Harbour Master Capt. Stuart McIntosh thanked the retiring Commissioners for their valuable contribution to CHC and the harbour’s strategic management and sustainable development.

More information on the Cowes Harbour Commission Board, including minutes from the monthly Board meetings can be found on the CHC website: cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/board_of_commissioners