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Annual Report and Accounts 2005 - Members of the Authority (as at 1 January 2006)

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Simon Sherrard (58) was appointed Chairman of the PLA in January 2001, having first been appointed as a non-executive member in August 2000.

Since 1995 he worked for Bibby Line Group and remains it’s nonexecutive Chairman. He also holds a number of other nonexecutive positions: Chairman of Johnson Service Group plc,Chairman of A & P Group Limited, ship repairers and Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s Register.

Mr Sherrard served as High Sheriff of Cheshire for the 2004/2005 year. He is an Elder Brother of Trinity House, Deputy Chairman of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a Member of the Council of the Mission to Seafarers, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and a Freeman of the Company of Waterman & Lightermen.


Duncan Clegg (63) was appointed a non-executive member of the PLA in January 1998 and elected as Vice Chairman on 1 September 2002.

He is Chairman of Low & Bonar PLC, a specialist materials supplier and manufacturer, and Chairman or a director of other companies.He was previously an executive director of Lazard Brothers & Co Limited where he specialised in corporate finance.
Mr Clegg is an enthusiastic supporter of rowing and leisure activities on the Thames and was lately the London Representative of the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta. He is Chairman of Dorney Lake Trust, the independent charity which manages the international rowing course in Berkshire. He is a member of the Cook Society,which encourages business connections between Australia and the UK, and a Freeman and member of the Court of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.


Jeremy Beech (56) was appointed a non-executive member of the PLA in March 2003 and only recently ended a full career in the UK Fire Service latterly serving as the Chief Fire Officer of Kent.

Mr Beech served on the Anglo-French Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, established to oversee all aspects of safety in relation to the construction and operation of the Channel Tunnel. Mr Beech led for the Safety Authority, on numerous public safety policy areas,including Bi-National Emergency Planning. He also assisted Military and other agencies with tactical planning in the unique and complex environment of the Channel Tunnel.

In 2000, he retired from public service in order to establish his own Consulting Practice. Following the events of 11 September 2001,he was appointed by Ports Division of the Department for Transport as a security consultant, to review UK port vulnerability, contribute to the work of the IMO, and undertake other security related assignments. He continues to be actively involved in maritime security as well as fire and civil protection consulting. He is a Chartered Marine Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, a Trustee of the Kent Foundation, a Governor of Mid Kent College and a director of the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in West Sussex.


Brian Chapman (53), Chief Financial Officer, was appointed an executive member of the PLA in September 2001 prior to which he spent many years in the food industry. His post prior to joining the PLA was as Finance Director of United Milk plc, and previously he was Regional Finance Director for the consumer products arm of the New Zealand Dairy Board. As Chief Financial Officer he is responsible for the accounting function, pensions, insurance and property. He is a director of Estuary Services Ltd, Port of London Properties Limited and an alternate director of UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) and a trustee of a number of pension funds.


Richard Everitt (57) joined the PLA in December 2004 and was appointed Chief Executive from 1 January 2005. After qualifying as a solicitor in 1974, he spent four years in private practice before joining BAA, the airports company, in 1978. Following the privatisation of BAA in 1987, he joined the Board in 1991 as director responsible for strategy and regulatory matters. He resigned from the BAA Board in 2001 to become Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services on its part privatisation, leaving in 2004. He is a Director of Estuary Services Limited and Port of London Properties Limited and a non-executive Director of Air Partners plc.


Joanna Kennedy (55) was appointed a non-executive member of the PLA in August 2000. She is a Director of Ove Arup & Partners Ltd., the global consultants providing planning, project management, engineering and design services in the built
environment. She specialises in the project management of major complex building and infrastructure works. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was appointed OBE in 1995 for services to
consulting engineering. She is a Council Member of the Royal College of Art, a Commissioner of the Royal Commission for the
Exhibition of 1851 and a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She is an active sailing enthusiast.


Angela Knight (55) was appointed a non-executive member of the PLA in September 2002. She is currently Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS), responsible for the trade body activities of 220 member firms across the UK and other European countries. She is also deputy Chairman of Scottish Widows and a nonexecutive director of Lloyds TSB plc, LogicaCMG Plc. and International Financial Services London. From 1972 to 1977 she worked for Air Products Limited and between 1977 and 1983 she set up and ran a specialist metal heat treatment company. From 1992 to 1997 she served as a Member of Parliament for Erewash and was a Treasury minister from 1995 to 1997.


Peter Mole (54) was appointed a non-executive member of the PLA in January 2003 prior to which he was Director Operations with Global Marine Systems Limited.

Mr Mole started his career at sea with the Peninsula and Oriental Steam Navigation, serving on cargo, container and passenger ships. In 1978 he left P&O for BT (Marine) Limited where he enjoyed a varied career both at sea and ashore and finally was appointed General Manager Installation Services Division. From 1995 to 2000 he worked for Cable & Wireless (Marine) in a variety of roles finally being promoted to Director for Customer Service covering global sales and marketing in 1999. Mr Mole remained with the company following its take-over by Global Crossing in 2000 and was appointed to the Global Marine Board, which he left in 2002. Mr Mole is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.


Bruce Richardson (64), Chief Harbour Master, was appointed an executive member of the PLA in 1996. Admiral Richardson joined he PLA in August 1994, following a career in the Royal Navy. As the PLA Chief Harbour Master he has responsibility for operational and navigational matters, including pilotage, vessel traffic management, hydrography and harbour services.

He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of The Company of Watermen and Lightermen and a Fellow of the
Nautical Institute. He has been President of the International Harbourmasters Association since 1998.

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