Board Members & Executive Team

Board Members

Charles Clarke


Year Appointed:  October 2015

Charles Clarke is a Chartered Accountant who spent some 30 years with KPMG in London, Malaysia and Jersey, mainly as an Audit Partner. Latterly he was Senior Partner of the Channel Islands Firm and chaired the grouping of KPMG member firms in offshore jurisdictions. Since retiring from KPMG in 2005 he has focused on a portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships, including listed and regulated UK and Jersey companies. He has also established an offshore corporate governance consultancy.

He has been involved with Jersey Airport since late 2006, initially chairing a taskforce established by the previous Airport Director, and with Harbours since mid-2010, originally chairing the Jersey Harbours Advisory Group. His community roles have included Chairman and President of the Jersey Branch of the Institute of Directors, Chair of the States of Jersey Statistics Users' Group, Governor of Victoria College and independent member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's Governance Committee.

Charles sits on PoJ Nomination Committee (Chair), PoJ Audit Committee.

​John Mills CBE

Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director

Year Appointed: October 2015

John Mills had an extensive public sector career in London, in Hong Kong, in a large English local authority as Chief Executive and in Jersey, where for four years he was Chief Executive of the former Policy and Resources Department and the Island's senior civil servant. His roles in London included several years as a member of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.

Since 2007 he has held a range of non-executive roles in the statutory sector, including as a board member of the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the Port of London Authority. Since 2014 he has been the Jersey-based director on the board of the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman.

John initiated the States' work on the incorporations of Jersey Telecom and Jersey Post, and on the creation of the JCRA and the Island's competition policy regime. In this he drew on experience of working on the BT privatisation in 1984 and the subsequent liberalisation of the EU telecoms market.

John chairs the Airport Authority and the Harbours Authority, the structures through which PoJL board members and senior executives govern much of the non-commercial operations of the company under the Incorporation Law. He is also Chair of the Board's Remuneration Committee.

Johns sits on PoJ Remuneration Committe (Chair), Airport & Harbour Authority (Chair)

Charles Hammond

Non-Executive Director

Year Apponted: 2019

Charles Hammond has been involved in the Ports industry for over 25 years and is the current CEO of Forth Ports Limited. He holds and has held many different roles in the industry, including Chairman of The United Kingdom Major Ports Group, a member of The Scottish Energy Advisory Board and a member of the Cabinet Secretary's 2020 Vision for Health & Social Care.

Previous roles have included Chairman of SpaceandPeople Group, the retail, promotional and brand experience specialist and he has previously been Chairman of the Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh, the Economic Development Agency for the East of Scotland.

Geoffrey Spence

Non-Executive Director

Year Appointed: 2018

Having spent 24 years working in investment banking, specialising in the financing of the Utilities, Energy and Infrastructure industries and its major projects Geoffrey Spence also advised the UK Government and public sector on the commercial and financing aspects of these industries, having worked for Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, Deutsche Bank AG and HSBC Bank plc.

He was also Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK within HM Treasury, leading its Infrastructure, Policy and Delivery, as well as being a Special Advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's advisor on business and EU policy. 

He has held senior positions in Lloyds Bank plc as well as being a member of the UK Government's Thames Estuary Commission.

Nowadays, Geoffrey is a Director of a private, charitable acute Hospital in Nazareth, Israel and is a member if the Board of the Association of Consulting Engineers. He is also a member of the London Mayor Brexit Advisory Panel.

Geoffrey sits on PoJ Nomination Committee, PoJ Audit Committee, PoJ Investment Committee (Chair)

Jeff Hume

Non-Executive Director

Year Appointed: January 2017

Jeff Hume is the Senior Independent Director of Manx Telecom plc, an AIM listed company, and is a member of the London Stock Exchange's Primary Markets Group.

He was the Deputy Chairman of the Dover Harbour Board, a major Trust Port, until December 2016 and the Senior Independent Director of the social housing association Moat Homes Ltd until September 2016. He was the Senior Independent Director and latterly the Chairman of Hyder Consulting plc (the multinational Consulting Engineer) until 2014. He was earlier an Independent Director of Heath Lambert Insurance Brokers.

In his executive career he was the Finance Director of TDG plc (Logistics), AWG plc (Anglian Water and Morrison), Alfred McAlpine plc (Housebuilding and Construction) and Howden Group plc (Mechanical Engineering). He previously held senior management and financial positions in the FTSE100 Hawker Siddeley Group plc.

He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is the Chair of the Board's Audit Committee.

Jeff sits on PoJ Nomination Committee, PoJ Audit Committee (Chair)

Mark Chown 

Non-Executive Director

Year Appointed: November 2017

Mark Chown has extensive business experience in the private equity, leisure, property and aviation sectors. He held senior executive and non-executive positions with Flybe Group plc over 18 years, until 2014, including Deputy Chairman. During this time Flybe quadrupled in size, to become Europe's largest regional airline. Mark led the successful acquisition of BA Connect, the IPO on the London Stock Exchange and other significant corporate transactions. Mark has held non-executive director and Chairman roles in substantial businesses in the leisure, property and IT sectors. Mark has a BA (Econ) from Manchester University and a post graduate qualification from the Manchester School of Management. He trained as chartered accountant with what is now PWC, before moving into the private equity sector with 3i plc, prior to becoming a partner in an independent private equity firm. Mark is a member of both the Audit Committee and Risk Committee at Ports of Jersey.

Mark sits on PoJ Risk Committee (Chair), PoJ Audit Committee

Executive Team

​Matthew Thomas

Group Chief Executive Officer 

Matthew joined Ports of Jersey as Group Chief Executive Officer in July 2019, bringing significant international experience in the operation, development and financing of major infrastructure companies.  In his previous role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Shannon Group, the primary catalyst for economic development in the West of Ireland, incorporating airport, tourism, property and aerospace companies.

Before moving to Ireland, Matthew was based in Manhattan, leading the €4bn privatisation of LaGuardia Airport in his role as Chief Commercial Officer of Vantage Airport Group.  He was involved in the majority of Vantage’s thirty airport projects across four continents, as well as being a director of a number of airports in the Vantage portfolio, including Nassau, Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santiago in Chile.

A qualified accountant, having trained in investment banking, Matthew has also held senior management positions at Vancouver Airport (recognised as the best airport in North America), Liverpool John Lennon Airport (where he was CEO), Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus, Copenhagen and Newcastle Airports.

​Andrew Boustouler

Deputy Group CEO
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has fulfilled a number of key roles at both Jersey Airport and Jersey Harbours for more than 15 years and was appointed by the States of Jersey as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in November 2011 following the establishment of the combined Ports of Jersey.

He undertook a central role in the incorporation process and was appointed to his current role as Chief Financial Officer on its fruition. He has direct responsibility for Finance, Property and Compliance.

Immediately prior to joining the SoJ he was employed by a local law firm where he specialised in structured finance transactions as well as providing general banking and commercial advice.

He was born in Jersey and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2001 after having been called to the Bar in 1998 and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. 

​Inez Bartolo

Airport Director

As Airport Director, Inez has overall responsibility for the policing, control and administration of the aerodrome and the Channel Islands Control Area (CICA) as well as enforcement of the legislation, including overall responsibility for safety and security relating to air navigation. 

Mrs Bartolo has worked in the aviation industry for the past 27 years and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Prior to joining Ports of Jersey in December 2018, she held a senior leadership role in the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). More recently, she has been integral to the development of an international training programme, delivered to under-developed countries in Asia and Africa to promote aviation safety standards on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Alan Merry

Executive Strategy & Development Director

Alan has extensive international, senior executive and Board level experience gained across a range of industry sectors.


He worked closely with the Board and Executive Team on the incorporation of the Ports of Jersey and holds the position of Strategy and Development Director with a remit focused on business improvement. Currently, Alan is Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ports while the selection process for a permanent replacement is concluded.


Alan is also Non- Executive Chairman of Jersey Post, a role he has held since 2017 having joined the Board in 2015.


Prior to this, Alan was Director of CPA Global for 8 years and, before coming to Jersey, held senior executive roles in the financial services and retail sectors.

Steve Tanner

Group Capital Projects Director

With a background in commercial project management and procurement, Steve has worked for a number of high-profile businesses across the UK, including the NHS Trust and the British Nuclear Group of companies. 

In recent years Steve has become heavily involved in the aviation and transport industry, initially heading the Commercial Management Team at BAA, Heathrow Airport Ltd, before taking the role of Acquisition Director, leading the team responsible for major projects annual contract spend of circa £1.1billion. This included major developments at Heathrow. 

In 2012 he moved to Manchester Airport Group, heading up contracting activity across the four airports in the group (Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth) and supporting major projects undertaken by the organisation, including the successful £1.5billion acquisition and integration of Stansted Airport.

Prior to joining Ports of Jersey in 2016 Steve worked for Speedy Asset Services, the UK's largest construction services supplier in the role as executive director, with responsibility for the management of circa 1,500 vehicles, 300+ properties and 40,000+ assets.

Jonathan Crick

Chief Commercial Officer

Jonathan brings a wealth of aviation, airport, property development and various transportation experience to Ports of Jersey. 

He has previously been the Commercial Director of Stansted Airport, been responsible for the commercial development of Network Rail's considerable retail property portfolio, ran easyBus and also worked for Monarch Airlines and Inter European Airways. 

This clearly demonstrates the breadth of his background and shows that he has a very good grasp of Ports of Jersey main customer groups.

Captain Bill Sadler


Bill is an experienced Master Mariner with over twenty years of practical experience across a number of different maritime sectors including a number of years in Command with Trinity House.


Bill joined PoJ in 2015 as a Harbour Manager/Pilot, initially heading up work on the Ports Safety Management System before assuming responsibility for Jersey Coastguard in VTS.  


In 2017 Bill was appointed Harbourmaster and is responsible for ensuring the Island's lifeline critical maritime assets remain open, safe and secure as well as ensuring PoJL delivers on its Maritime Public Service obligations.

Bill was appointed to Ports Executive Team in December 2018.