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News - 28/04/22

New chair for the Commission

Harbour Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Hagen as
chair of the board of commissioners. Phil takes up his new role on 1 May,
succeeding David Riley.

Hagen joined Cowes Harbour Commission as a commissioner in May 2020.  A Cowes resident for 18 years, Phil said:
“Being a commissioner is a very rewarding role that can make a tangible
difference to Cowes Harbour and the twin towns of East and West Cowes.”

added: “The Commission has a very positive and committed team under the
leadership of CEO Gary Hall, and I felt this was a perfect opportunity to use
my commercial experience to support the team in delivering for the local

started his career in the telecoms and IT sector. As a senior executive, he was
responsible for many large international projects and multi-functional teams.
In 2009 he changed course to focus on behavioural science, recruitment and
people development, qualifying in occupational psychology. Phil is the founder
and chief executive of SalesMatch, a successful psychometric assessment tool
for the sales and contact centre sector.

Harbour Commission chief executive, Gary Hall said: “We are delighted that Phil
Hagen will be our new chair. Phil brings both high-level commercial expertise
and a deep interest in Cowes at a time of positive change for our

chair, David Riley said: “After six years as chairman, I am pleased to be handing
over to Phil Hagen with the Commission in good condition and looking to the

professional experience in personnel development coupled with an interest in
sailing, Phil’s goals for his three-year term are to embrace diversity and to
see the Harbour leading in environmental and sustainable initiatives.

Harbour Commission manages the harbour for the benefit of all harbour users,
with a vision to ensure that Cowes is a thriving port that is fit for the
future. As well as managing port safety, the Commission provides moorings for
leisure boats in the Harbour and River Medina, Shepards Marina in Cowes and
Kingston Boatyard in East Cowes.

Harbour users and
local residents are welcome to the Harbour Commission’s annual general meeting
on 26 May in the Island Sailing Club.