Vacancies for harbour commissioners

The current Falmouth Harbour Commissioners

Your port needs you! If you’ve got knowledge and experience of maritime activities, then why not apply to be a harbour commissioner?

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) currently has three vacancies on its board and is seeking applications from interested people.

The port authority, which has responsibility for of 16 sq miles of harbour area, is looking for candidates with knowledge and experience of maritime activities; leisure boating; managing of boating events and environmental matters affecting harbours and ports.

Candidates are generally expected to have a wide and relevant experience, preferably at senior management or board level, as well as living within a reasonable distance of Falmouth.

The duties of board members are akin to those of a non-executive director of a company, in particular to be accountable for the proper exercise of the authority’s statutory functions and to provide proper oversight and direction.

David Ellis, chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “Since joining the board in 2005 it has become apparent how crucial Falmouth is to the future of Cornwall. The port is the maritime gateway to the county in the same way Newquay Airport is the air gateway.

“Being a commissioner gives me the opportunity to contribute positively to an area I’ve enjoyed policing and now equally enjoy living in.

“FHC has an extremely effective board with a first class chief executive. Because we are a trust board we are able to serve the community in the widest sense.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the annual public meeting of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners on Thursday September 23, where they will have the chance to speak to current commissioners.

The meeting begins at 7pm at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

For an application form please visit or email The closing date for applications is October 8.