SHOREHAM Port’s board of directors has seen considerable changes in the new year.
Chairman Jim May and long-standing member Fiona Morris left at the end of December, when their third and final terms come to an end.
The authority has also said goodbye to Rachael Henderson, who left at the end of this year after one term, due to other work commitments overseas.
A spokesman said both Jim and Fiona had made a significant contribution to the port, steering it through a challenging economic climate in recent years, yet ensuring revenue had continued to increase year on year.
Jim was appointed to the board in 2006 and elected chairman in January 2012.
He has overseen major developments at Shoreham over the past nine years and has been a strong advocate for it remaining a trust port.
“Our trust port status is something that we take very seriously,” he explained.
“The board place a strong emphasis on remaining at the heart of the community, providing vital employment opportunities and acting as a catalyst for the local economy.
“As I look back over my time at the port I feel immensely proud of our staff for making Shoreham the commercially thriving port that it is today.”
Fiona was appointed in 2006 and elected deputy chairman in January 2012, for a two-year term. She has been a committed supporter of the port’s major investment programmes.
She said: “It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a unique and dynamic organisation, which has been, and will continue to, serve Sussex for centuries.
“Through a very challenging climate, the port has managed to keep all of their staff in employment, with no redundancies being made, even throughout the recession.
“Many new appointments and apprenticeships have also been established and it has been a pleasure to be a part of such a significant employer for the local area.”
Rachael was appointed in January 2012, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in human resources.
“I have been delighted to work for an organisation that values its staff and stakeholders so much,” she said.
Joining the board in January are Trevor Giddings, Jo Newell, Amber Foster and Carolyn Dwyer.
Trevor has a professional background as a civil engineer, Jo has extensive commercial and operational experience, Amber has a background in commercial logistics, haulage and legal, and Carolyn has a background in transport infrastructure and stakeholder engagement.
Retiring as chairman, Jim said: “I have every confidence in the remaining board members and new recruits joining the board in January. A rigorous recruitment process took place and the skill set of the board was not only raised again but also diversified further.”
Chief executive Rodney Lunn thanked the departing trio for their contribution to the success of Shoreham Port.
He added: “I wish them all the very best for the future and welcome our new board members, who will continue the successful development of the port for the benefit of our customers and stakeholders.”