Chief Executive, Executive Board Director
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 Director
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.
Human Resources Director
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.
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.