Chief Executive, Executive Board Member
Neil has a comprehensive operational experience of harbours, pilotage and the management of the safety of navigation. Following a seagoing career, Neil served with the Authority as a senior pilot for the Haven Ports area before taking up the post of Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) in 2009. He was subsequently appointed to the position of Harbour Master & Marine Manager in January 2012. In May 2014 Neil was appointed Chief Executive.
Harbour Master, Executive Board Member
Mike attended Trinity House Navigation School from 1981 to 1986. After leaving sixth form he commenced a Cadetship with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) at Warsash College. He gained his Mates Certificate of Competency in 1993 and after seven years’ service with RFA he branched out into the commercial world working for a variety of companies, including London Overseas Freighter, P&O Ferries, Rockwater and Holland America Line. Having gained his Master’s Certificate in 1997 Mike focused his career on passenger ferries with 12 years command experience with both Stena Line and P&O. In 2013 Mike came ashore and took up a manager role with Associated British Ports as Dock Master Hull and Goole. Mike joined Harwich Haven Authority in 2015.
Head of Corporate Services
I joined Harwich Haven Authority in 2009 to oversee the implementation and management of a new IT department. Prior to joining I was a self-employed IT support consultant. In 2016 my remit expanded to encompass business systems, development and communications. A major focus of my role is to increase the Authority’s profile and ensure it’s compliant with the new MTP2 recommendations. The Authority’s technological requirement are extremely specialist, complex and no two days are the same. Although managing a multi-skilled team I enjoy getting hands on with the various large scale projects we are currently undertaking. Photography is a great passion and my camera is always on hand to capture a perfect image.
Head of Human Resources
After qualifying as a nurse at Nottingham University I spent 11 years progressing my nursing career from surgery and burns to managerial positions within the NHS and eventually to the management of the medical and occupational health facility in Center Parcs based at Elveden Forest.
An opportunity to undertake a career change allowed a move into the Deputy Personnel Manager role at Center Parcs and I undertook associated professional study at UCS in Ipswich.
Gaining my initial HR experience at Center Parcs, I have held senior strategic positions for the past 14 years as a HR consultant with PicassoHR, HR Business Partner for Greene King and Head of HR for Norfolk & Suffolk Constabularies. I am also a Fellow of the CIPD.
A major focus of my role with Harwich Haven Authority is to drive positive culture and engagement across the organisation whilst providing HR advice and support across all business projects.
I have been working at Harwich Haven Authority since 1986, first as Assistant Harbour Engineer and since 2003, as Harbour Engineer. Work in the Haven has always been interesting and varied and it’s been good to play a part in ensuring that commercial development can be achieved without damaging the rivers and estuary. I trained as a civil engineer and worked for contractors including Roadworks, May Gurney and Stevin Construction on the Orwell Bridge. My work at the Authority is something of a specialist area. Dredging is similar to land-based earthwork projects – it just happens to be under 15m of water. Alongside looking after the Authority’s buildings and other structures, I oversee a programme of environmental monitoring. When I’m not working I enjoy music, walking in the countryside, reading and being with my family. I am also a ‘self-supporting minister’ in the Anglican church, based at Mistley, Manningtree and Bradfield, so I am one of what is probably a fairly small group of ordained harbour engineers!
Chief Financial Officer
Jake joined Harwich Haven Authority in August 2017. He has over 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry and prior to joining the Authority he was a strategic advisor to the anti-bribery business TRACE International.
Starting his career in the maritime industry working for Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, he worked for, and advised Wallems, Escombe Lambert, Gellaty, Lambert Brothers, Lavino Shipping and the Wescol group.
Jake has also held senior positions with Gearbulk Group as their chief risk officer and with Inchcape Shipping Services UK as chief financial officer.
He holds a MBA from Manchester Business School and is a chartered accountant and a qualified corporate treasurer. He also has a BA Hons in History and Politics from Keele University.