Ben Mark has been appointed as the new MD of Fal River Cornwall, following the retirement of Tim Light, who remains a director at the business.

Fal River Cornwall operates regular ferry services around the Fal River, including the St Mawes Ferry, Place Ferry, and Enterprise Boats, as well as a range of charter services and the Falmouth Park & Float/Ride.

A former RAF officer and pilot, Mark brings with him 18 years of leadership and decision making in challenging operational environments. Graduating from Imperial College, London, with a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, his RAF career encompassed a range of front-line flying, training, safety, command and risk management roles. After leaving the RAF in 2015, Mark and his family moved to Falmouth, where he ran a successful training and safety consultancy business.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “I am delighted to be joining Fal River Cornwall at this exciting time in the firm’s development. I am fortunate to have a very talented team who are justifiably proud of the Fal River Cornwall brand and are passionate about delivering an excellent service for our customers.

“I am looking forward to working with them to further improve and expand our network. As a resident of Falmouth, it is a huge privilege to be involved with a business that is such a well-known and highly regarded part of the town.”

Chair of company directors, Tim Smithies, added: “Ben will be an outstanding addition to the team at Fal River Cornwall and, with full responsibility for the leadership and development of our business, Ben will play a key role in building on the firm’s outstanding reputation for customer service.”

A peak times in the summer, Fal River Cornwall employs approximately 45 staff and has 9 ferries on the water.