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Awards 2022
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Your Harbour Needs You!

Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners are searching for skilled voluntary non-executive board members to help steer the organisation in its quest to maximise the opportunities that will enable it to re-invest in the jewel of Whitehaven’s crown, the historic Harbour.

As a Statutory Harbour Authority, Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners are responsible for preserving the Trust Port of Whitehaven and operating a diverse range of commercial activities in the town. WHC is a not-for-profit organisation seeking to optimise commercial revenues to enable the continual improvement of the Harbour, its assets and the experience it offers visitors and the local community.

Whitehaven Harbour is located on the North West coast of England and is a safe haven with 400 berths in the Marina and an active sea-fishing community. The first quay was built at Whitehaven in 1634 and it has seen a colourful, and at times dark, history since then, at one point being the UK’s third most important Port.

The setting of Whitehaven Harbour and its close interface with the Georgian town streets means that it plays a key part in the future of the whole town and indeed the West Coast itself. Recent developments have included the Sea Lock that protects the town from tidal flooding, whilst the Commissioners are currently in the build phase of a new Coastal Activity Centre, The Edge.

The Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners Board now has the opportunity to write another exciting and successful chapter in the Harbour’s long and illustrious life as we look at our next stage of growth and development.

What we are looking for…..

People who will strengthen our Values and Vision representing the interests of the local area and Harbour, bringing the skills to enable our success. We are seeking to ensure that we have a Board with a range of backgrounds and interests offering a broad skill mix to challenge and provide direct help and support to the executive team. Prospective Commissioners must demonstrate integrity, independence and broad business experience to enable excellent strategic planning. They should bring positive, constructive and independent judgement, knowledge and experience to monitor the business performance.

What we are looking for…..

In addition to the Harbour, the organisation looks after the Rum Story exhibition, a retail shop promoting local goods and products, stages a number of events at the Harbour and in the Rum Story and owns a number of car parking sites across Whitehaven town. In order to maximise the opportunities that our diverse business brings, we are looking for a broad range of skills and experience but particularly those who have excelled in Sales, Marketing, Events, outdoor activities and Product development.

Key Responsibilities…..

  • Steer and question the management team on direction giving leadership, direct support and insight into their past and current experiences
  • Safeguard and promote the good name and Values of the organisation
  • Develop and agree long term strategy, define goals and evaluate performance
  • Approve financial plan and monitor performance against it
  • Use specific skills, knowledge and experience to help make sound decisions based on their specialist expertise
  • Ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place
  • Contribute to a constructive and pro-active relationship between the Board and the executive team creating an environment encouraging open discussion and positive challenge


Conserving and promoting the safe use of Whitehaven Harbour for everyone and for future generations.

Time Commitment – approximately 10-12 days per year

Remuneration – Voluntary position (expenses paid)

Location – Board meetings are held at the Rum Story Boardroom, 27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven (six per year, virtual participation can be arranged)

Term of office – 3 years (maximum 3 terms)

How to apply…..

We invite applications from those with a wide variety of experience, personal characteristics or circumstance. To apply, please send a CV and a letter outlining your interest in Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and the pertinent skills or experience you would bring, to If you have any questions, please email

Whitehaven Harbour Commisioners is an equal opportunities employer