Commanding officer for Royal Navy join board of Welsh port

Employment & Skills | Wales
Commodore Ian Shipperley CBE has been appointed to the Port of Milford Havens Board

The Commanding Officer of the largest naval base in Western Europe has joined the Port of Milford Haven as a Non-Executive Director.

Shortly to retire from the Royal Navy, Commodore Ian Shipperley CBE of Devonport has almost forty years’ experience in port operations and a proven track record in the management of risk and safety at Board level.

After joining the Royal Navy in 1980, he has held a number of maritime roles including Marine Engineering Officer of HMS Southampton where he took part in disaster relief in the Caribbean in the wake of hurricanes

He was also Chief Engineer of HMS Ocean during the 2003 Gulf War and Head of Safety Policy for the Royal Navy leading a 5000-strong naval engineering branch as the Deputy Chief Naval Engineer Officer.

Commodore Shipperley commented: “I am pleased to be joining the Port’s Board at such an exciting time. I have been particularly impressed with plans for the regeneration of Milford Waterfront and Pembroke Port, whilst at the same time continuing to operate Wales’ largest port capable of delivering almost 30% of the UK’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.”

Chris Martin, Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven, said “We are delighted to appoint Ian to the Board. His experience in the marine industry coupled with his vast knowledge of safety policy will be an asset to the overall expertise of the Board.

“We are currently in the process of appointing two new members, which we expect to complete by the spring. I would like thank our outgoing members David Snelson and Sue Davenport for the outstanding contribution and enthusiasm they have shown towards the Port’s achievements and vision for the future during their terms.”

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