Ports of Jersey appoints new Chairman

From Port of Jersey
22nd October 2019

The Board of Ports of Jersey Limited (PoJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Chown as its new Chairman with effect from 01 January 2020. Mr Chown, who is an existing Board member and currently chairs the Risk Committee, will succeed current Chairman, Charles Clarke.

Mr Chown, who is a Chartered Accountant, has extensive business experience in the private equity, leisure, property and aviation sectors, including Deputy Chairman of airline Flybe. He was appointed to the Board of Ports of Jersey in November 2017.

There will be a structured handover period between now and the start of 2020, during which time, Mr Chown will lead the process to appoint Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to replace Charles Clarke and the company’s Deputy Chair, John Mills, both of whom will step down at the end of 2019.

Commenting on the appointment, current Chairman, Charles Clarke said “I am delighted that, following a very thorough process, which included our government shareholder and the Jersey Appointments Commission, Mark has been chosen. I believe he will provide excellent continuity and leadership for the wide-ranging, critical and exciting projects that Ports of Jersey is undertaking for the benefit of the Island.”

In response, Mark Chown said, “I am pleased and relish the opportunity to continue to contribute to Ports of Jersey’s mission by leading the Board and I look forward to the exciting next stages of the company’s development.”

The requirement for a new Chair arises from the continuing and programmed Board succession process, which is driven by a combination of (i) the appointment of the original PoJ Shadow Board from 01 November 2010 and (ii) the UK Corporate Governance Code’s guidance on Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) no longer being considered independent after 9 years.

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