Handing over the Helm at Fowey Harbour Commissioners
Since its formation in 1869, the Board of Commissioners has been dedicated to protecting the Fowey harbour’s environment while supporting, facilitating and promoting the many businesses, groups and individuals, whose livelihoods depend on it.
After serving the maximum 12-year period on the Board, Captain Will Mitchell has stepped down as Chair. His knowledge and passion for the Port has kept the harbour on course through changing and often challenging times, from variations in commercial cargoes, demand for leisure facilities and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic. Will has worked with three different Harbour Masters during his tenure to continue the crucial role of the Commissioners in their stewardship of the estuary.
Fowey Harbour Master, Captain Paul Thomas, said “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Will for his absolute dedication and service to the Port. We are also delighted that Will is to retain his position as a Harbour Pilot, so we are sure he will continue to keep his eye on the harbour which he knows and loves”.
Taking over from Will is former Vice Chair, Nick Gill. Having been a Board member since 2015, Nick has a strong understanding of the Harbour and its operations. Nick lived in Fowey for over 15 years and served for 10 years on the Fowey lifeboat crew before moving to Lostwithiel. As well as a successful career in the marine industry, Nick is a leisure boater who says he is happiest afloat and enjoying everything Fowey Harbour has to offer. Upon taking the helm from Will, Nick commented “I am thrilled to be taking on the position of Chair of the Board of Commissioners and I relish this opportunity to further serve the Port of Fowey”.