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29th February 2016 - Press Release

Government clears path for further Trust Port progress

Dover Harbour Board (DHB) is delighted that its Harbour Revision Order, which enables the appointment of two community directors, has been approved by the Marine Management Organisation.

With Government’s clear support for the strategic direction of the Port – as witnessed by the recent visit of the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP – the appointment of the two community directors, Samantha Parker and Neil Wiggins, completes a three-year journey of transformation. 

Overseen by Chairman George Jenkins OBE, Dover Harbour Board has now delivered on absolutely everything it was asked to do, and more, since former Ports and Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, set out a roadmap for transforming the Port.  As witnessed by its community, the Port has:


  • Established the independent Port & Community Forum in order to provide meaningful and open engagement with a host of community representatives.


  • Established the independent Port Users Group to work together with partners, customers, tenants, suppliers and contractors to deliver the very best service.


  • Achieved new borrowing powers so that, as a trust port, it can deliver future infrastructure requirements whilst delivering major waterfront development and a catalyst for Dover's regeneration.  That work begins now.


  • Achieved new powers enabling it to create the Port of Dover Community Fund with many local projects already benefitting from tens of thousands of pounds of funding.


  • Established a refreshed Board brimming with specialist port, ferry, financial, business, regeneration and local expertise; and one that is absolutely focused on driving forward the strategy to be the best port in the world for the benefit of its customers and community.  Now that expert Board is to be supplemented by two community directors.


In looking forward to working with the new community directors and setting out their duties, George Jenkins OBE, Chairman, Dover Harbour Board, said:

"With the support of Government, the district council, our MP and our community, we look forward to warmly welcoming Samantha and Neil to our progressive Board.

"As Dover Harbour Board members, the two community directors will hold the same roles, duties and responsibilities as the rest of the Board of which they are part.

"As an expanded Board we will continue to oversee DHB’s progressive strategy, acting in line with our commitment to corporate social responsibility by demonstrating honesty, integrity and objectivity in decision-making and in line with the strict governance standards as outlined in Modernising Trust Ports (2nd Edition).  

“The Board takes these appointments very seriously in driving the future of an organisation responsible for a major international gateway.

"We have been on an incredible journey and having removed several other obstacles to progress recently, Samantha and Neil will join with us in continuing that journey, moving forward together on delivering a first class port operation for our customers with unprecedented community support, engagement and providing future opportunities for Dover.

“As I announced last August, my term of office ends on 30 June 2016.  I take great pride in knowing that, with the support of my Board, our Chief Executive and his fantastic team, we will have achieved all that we were asked to do. 

“I will complete my term safe in the knowledge that Dover Harbour Board is pursuing a strategy to secure the future resilience of the eastern docks and the revival of the western docks, while continuing its track record of delivering for Dover and the nation.”


Notes to Editors

  • Government’s timetable for the legislation shows it coming into force on 25th March 2016 with a new constitution coming into effect from 1st May 2016.
  • The Harbour Revision Order amends the constitution of the Board. It provides for the Board to consist of a body of nine members with experience in relevant matters. Three members will be appointed by the Secretary of State, one of whom will be appointed as the chair. Four members will be appointed by the Board, two of whom will be appointed as having particular knowledge or experience of, or ability in, the position of the port within the local community and local economy. The other two members will be the chief executive and one other senior officer of the Board.

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