Corporate Affairs Director
Mark began his career in the merchant navy where he served on a wide variety of ships, but specialised in gas carriers. He came ashore in 1983 to work in the Ports Industry within Medway Ports' Vessel Traffic Service centre before returning afloat for a short time as a pilot for the Thames and Medway. In 1991 he came to work ashore again, first as assistant, and then Deputy Harbourmaster, at Medway Ports.
In 1995 he joined the Port of Milford Haven as Harbourmaster, managing the changes necessary following the Sea Empress incident in 1996, including contributions to the development of the national Port Marine Safety Code.
In January 2012, Mark relinquished his position as Harbourmaster and moved to the new role of Corporate Affairs Director where he is responsible for developing stronger relations with the Port’s non-trading stakeholders, including government entities and local communities. Previously, Mark has held the positions of president of the United Kingdom Harbourmasters Association and chairman of the British Ports Association Marine Committee.
Currently, he is a member of both the Nautical and Energy Institutes, chairman of the Milford Haven Waterway Environmental Surveillance Group and Pembrokeshire Marine SAC Relevant Authorities Group. He is also a member of the Milford Haven International Seafarers Centre Management Committee and vice chairman of the Port Welfare Committee and the Haven Business Panel.
In recent years, Mark has also co-authored technical publications on contingency planning.