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Dart Harbour ringing in the New Year 

Following a successful recruitment process, we are pleased to confirm that two new appointments have been made to the Dart Harbour Board.  The vacancies on the Board came about as both James Dodd and John Ellwood departed, having completed their terms of office.

The new Board members are Anne-marie Coyle and Joanna Poulton. Anne-marie lives in Dartmouth and brings a wealth of environmental and commercial experience having worked within the field of renewable power generation for E.ON and GE for many years. Joanna lives in Exeter and has extensive experience in governance and regulatory matters, having worked as CEO for several Barristers Chambers and subsequently serving on the Boards of the RYA, British Skeleton and Bobsleigh Association and British Ski and Snowboard Association. Both Anne-marie and Joanna are keen sailors and passionate about safeguarding the river and its unique environment for all its stakeholders.

The Board has also elected a new Chair following James Dodd’s departure from the Board at the end of his tenure, with long serving Board member Tim Dewing appointed to the post. John Milsom also succeeds Melanie Lessels as Vice Chair. John joined Dart Harbour Board in January of 2021.

Incoming Chair Tim Dewing commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Dart Harbour at this important time. Under James’s stewardship the Board has improved its governance procedures immeasurably, and the new committee structure he implemented is working well. I look forward to working with the Board to build on this good work, and supporting our management and staff in keeping the river safe. I would like to thank James and John Ellwood for their service to Dart Harbour, whilst also welcoming Anne-marie and Joanna onto the Board in 2022. We are also pleased to report that we have received a number of strong applications for the post of Harbour Master/CEO and we are progressing the assessment process with the intention of appointing someone in the New Year”.

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