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Appointment of Chief Executive

09 October 2013

Dover Harbour Board has pleasure in confirming Tim Waggott as Chief Executive.

Chairman, George Jenkins OBE, said: "When asking Tim Waggott to step into the role of Acting Chief Executive I was quoted as saying that he possessed "the right experience, qualifications, drive and ability to take this organisation forward together with its customers and community."

Acknowledging the hard work of the entire team at the Port of Dover, Mr Jenkins went on to say: "It is clear to the Board that Tim has now demonstrated his ability to undertake the role on a permanent basis. He has quickly established improving relationships with the customers and the community as well as implementing organisational changes.  I am therefore pleased to confirm and congratulate Tim on his appointment as Chief Executive."

Mr Jenkins also paid tribute to the efforts of the Port's many stakeholders in helping the Port of Dover, its customers and community emerge from an unsettling period, stating: "I am sure that with continuing teamwork we will deliver a tangible improvement to both Port and Town in an exciting future."

Issued by Port of Dover External and Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors:

·         Tim Waggott (FCCA) joined the Port of Dover in April 2007 as Director of Finance and Commercial having previously held executive Board positions with the Port of Shoreham (one of the other major UK trust ports) as Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive; with Leaders Group Limited (the largest independent letting agent in the South East of England) as Finance Director; and as a Financial Controller with Rentokil Initial PLC having gained early career experience in the financial services and travel and tourism sectors. He served for five years until 2011 as Honorary Treasurer and Council Member of industry bodies the British Ports Association and Port Skills and Safety, and previously sat on the Port Advisory Group of UK Trade and Investment. He has been involved in a number of trade missions overseas, promoting the skills and expertise of British business in emerging markets, and speaking on port financing and master planning issues at international conferences. He has also supported a number of local educational establishments as a Governor, Committee Chair, and independent examiner of school fund and PTA finances.

·         George Jenkins OBE is Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.  Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Governance and Audit, NHS Blood and Transplant, an organisation with approximately £500 million turnover and 6,000 staff providing national support services to the NHS, of which the most publicly aware subsidiary is the National Blood Service.  Previously he was Chairman of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, interim Chairman of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, responsible for stabilising that organisation and replacing board and governance structures after high profile failings in clinical services, and Chairman of East Kent Hospitals Trust. Previously he was Chairman of the Medway Dock Labour Board, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of The Transit Group and has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the ports industry. Awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport. Date of appointment 1 October 2005. Current term of appointment terminates 31 December 2013. Appointed Deputy Chairman 28 January 2010 and Chairman 1 January 2013 and chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.