The Board

Meet our Board

Chris Martin, Chair, Port of Milford Haven

Chris Martin, Chair

As Chair, Chris is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the Port by supporting the right culture for all of our employees to thrive and play an active role in delivering to their full potential and, in turn, driving the success of the organisation. Chris’ extensive experience across many sectors is proving invaluable in ensuring the Port’s strategy and activities harmonise, and that Safety, Excellence and Collaboration remain our core values alongside the new core value of Sustainability. As well as holding a range of private, public sector and charitable roles, Chris understands what it is like to run your own business. He, therefore, recognises the importance of a resilient local ecosystem forging relationships between large and small businesses to drive economic growth. Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Chris has a robust understanding of the issues the county faces and is clear about its strengths and weaknesses. He is proud to support our vision to build the Haven’s prosperity and to deliver a bright and buoyant future for the region.

Ian Shipperley, Non-Executive Director

Ian Shipperley, Non-Executive Director

With a 40-year career in the Royal Navy, Ian is the Board’s key strategic advisor for marine operations and risk. His enviable track record incorporates project delivery, strategic transformational change and management of risk and safety at senior leadership level. Ian has been instrumental in advancing the Port’s risk profile and advising on marine operations. His experience in leading a major capital infrastructure optimisation programme is of additional value as we seek to maximise the best use of our asset base. 

Debra Williams, Non-Executive Director

Debra Williams, Non-Executive Director

Debra will be focused on marketing and consumer relations within the Group, bringing extensive experience in commercial operations, e-commerce, innovation and leadership. As the former Managing Director of Confused.com, Debra is well placed to guide the business as we continue to develop new ventures in the consumer arena. With the focus on championing innovation, Debra, who was Welsh Woman of the Year for Innovation in 2006, is ideally positioned to advise. She was also recognised as one of the UK’s top 200 business women by the Queen in February 2007.

Steve Phillips, Non-Executive Director

Steve Phillips, Non-Executive Director

Steve brings significant financial and commercial experience to the Port, not only from his current role as Group Chief Executive (previously Group Finance Director) of the Welsh Rugby Union, but from his previous experience with the regional airport owners TBI. He has an extensive risk management background which, together with his mergers and acquisitions experience, will help guide the Group through its ambitious diversification strategy. Also, his experience in overseeing major capital expenditure projects will be crucial in helping us deliver on our exciting expansion programmes for Milford Waterfront.

Debra Bowen Rees, Non-Executive Director

Debra Bowen Rees, Non-Executive Director 

Debra’s experience in stakeholder relations developed during her role as CEO at Cardiff Airport. She has an in-depth understanding of Welsh political and business environments, building on experience gained as Senior Officer in the Armed Forces, working in diverse functional areas across and beyond government including international engagement and influence. She brings an important dynamic to the Board as it diversifies and as its stakeholder base broadens.

Erica Cassin, Non-Executive Director

Erica Cassin, Non-Executive Director

Erica has over 20 years’ experience in the HR sector holding senior positions with many household names. She is passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential and fostering environments where every individual can thrive by being their true authentic self. An experienced HR coach, she has led significant organisational transformation, reshaping companies and business models to adapt to advances in market conditions, while improving their performance and effectiveness. Erica’s strengths in leading cultural change will be invaluable in her role on the Port’s Board as it focuses on its own culture during an exciting time of diversification.

James Nyhan, Non-Executive Director

James Nyhan, Non-Executive Director

James’ focus is on addressing the energy transition challenges and opportunities for the Port. With over 30 years of international experience in the energy sector, he has a clear understanding of traditional and developing energy markets having worked in various roles with Royal Dutch Shell. He brings wide ranging commercial experience to his role as a non-executive director and wants to continue the progress made on energy developments within the Port for the benefit of the wider community of west Wales.

Andy Jones, Chief Executive & Executive Director

Andy Jones, Chief Executive and Executive Director

Andy is charged with advancing the Group’s strategy and capability at a key time. Working closely with the rest of the Board and the executive and operational teams, Andy has been focusing on the culture within the Group while ensuring that the flagship projects are delivered. Andy is passionate about having a key focus on the resilience of core business services and developing the right conditions for future growth.

Jonathan Chitty, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Jonathan Chitty, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Jonathan joined as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in May. His experience across multi-sectors and in various aspects of financial management and strategy will ensure the business and the Board are appropriately advised on all financial matters as well as commercial and operational insights as we maintain core services and explore new ventures.

 

The role of the Board

The Board is accountable for the proper exercise of the Port's statutory functions, the identification and setting of business policies, the delivery of port and harbour services, as well as the provision of oversight and direction in relation to the safety of operations and the financial performance of all activities. 

The Board meets regularly (at least six times a year).

How the board is structured

Currently, the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002 provides for a board consisting of a non-executive Chair, up to nine other non-executive members and up to three executive members (currently the Chief Executive and the Chief Financial Officer). The Chair is appointed by the Secretary of State and all other non-executive appointments are made by the Port, three of which are made in close consultation with Pembrokeshire County Council.

Non-executive members in all categories are sought so as to provide a mix of experience and expertise in areas including, but not exclusive to, port management, shipping, navigation, environmental conservation, finance, commerce, local government and organised labour.