The Board

The Londonderry Port & Harbour Legislation since 1854 conferred powers on the Commissioners as a body corporate set up in perpetual succession to preserve, improve and manage the Port of Londonderry and do all other things which in their opinion are necessary to facilitate the development of the harbour undertaking. The Commissioners have powers to construct and maintain specific works, to levy dues and to make byelaws.

There are currently eight Non-Executive Commissioners on the Board appointed by the Minister for the Department for Infrastructure for a four year term. Three of the Commissioners are Council Members from Derry City and Strabane District Council and are appointed by the Minister following nominations from the Council.

Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners are committed to the highest standards of Corporate Governance. The Board currently has a number of Committees to manage Health & Safety, Risk, Audit and Pension & Remuneration.

Current Commissioner Members

Chair

Bonnie Anley

Bonnie Anley

Ms Anley was appointed as Chairman of the Board in February 2014 and also Chairs the Port’s Pension and Remuneration Committee. Bonnie is a Director of Mourne Country Park Limited and a Director of Friends of the Earth Limited. She is also Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust.

Commissioners

Dolores O'Reilly

Dolores O'Reilly

Dr O’Reilly was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in February 2011 and was reappointed for a second term in April 2015. Dolores is Professor Emerita of International Business and Strategy at the University of Ulster. She is also an Independent Board Member of the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and Land and Property Services. Dolores is also a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Enterprise Shared Services and a Director of Northern Ireland Opera and Derry Theatre Trust. Dolores is a Member of the Port’s Audit Committee.

Peter Sheridan

Peter Sheridan

Mr Sheridan was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in February 2011 and was reappointed for a second term in April 2015. Peter is Chairman of the Port’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee and is also a Member of the Pension and Remuneration Committee. Peter is the Chief Executive of Co-Operation Ireland and a former Member of the Board of the Equality Commission.

Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty

Mr Dougherty was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in April 2015 and is a member of the Port’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee. Brian is a Partner in Symes Global and a Partner in Hummingbird (NI) Community Interest Company. He is also a Board Member of Apex Housing Association and a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. He is also currently studying for a PhD at the University of Ulster.

Hilary McCartan

Hilary McCartan

Mrs McCartan was appointed a Harbour Commissioner in April 2015. She is Chairperson of the Port’s Audit Committee and a Member of the Port’s Pension and Remuneration Committee. Hilary is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has held a number of senior management posts in the private sector including the role of Finance Director. Hilary is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHCO) and a Non-Executive Finance Director of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT).

Maurice Devenney

Maurice Devenney

Mr Devenney was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in December 2011 and was reappointed for a second term in July 2015 as one of the three nominations from Derry City and Strabane District Council. Maurice has been a Councillor for the Rural Wards since 2005 and served as an MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2014.

Derek Hussey

Derek Hussey

Mr Hussey was one of three nominations from Derry City & Strabane District Council appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in August 2015. Derek has represented the Derg Electoral Area as a Councillor since 1989. The former Head of Business Studies at Castlederg High School also served as an MLA for West Tyrone in the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 to 2007.

Jim McKeever

Jim McKeever

Mr McKeever was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in February 2016 as one of three nominations of Derry City and Strabane District Council. As a Councillor Jim represents the Faughan Electoral Ward. Jim is a member of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Executive and a volunteer for the Cruise Centre Young Driver Road Safety Project.

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