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.

Chair

Bonnie Anley

Bonnie Anley

Ms Bonnie Anley has chaired the Board of Commissioners since February 2014 and is also Chair of Foyle Port’s Pension and Remuneration Committee. Bonnie is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She is a member of the IoD Northern Ireland Committee and a Director of Mourne Country Park Limited. Bonnie was appointed Chair of Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service in April 2019 and a board member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in April 2020.

Commissioners

Catriona McHugh

Catriona McHugh

Mrs Catriona McHugh is a Chartered Certified Accountant. She worked as a financial consultant overseas for almost 15 years, returning to Northern Ireland in 2016. She has provided financial consulting services for a range of public sector bodies in Ireland and the UK. Mrs McHugh will bring the following skills and knowledge to the LPHC role, financial management, including audit, corporate governance and strategy. Catriona also Chairs the Port’s Audit Committee and is a member of the Port’s Risk Committee.

Nigel Robbins

Nigel Robbins

Mr Nigel Robbins has over 25 years’ experience within the digital, technology, and telecommunications field. He has experience within the Private and Public sectors. He was a senior executive with Viacom Inc. for 15 years and has developed worldwide businesses. Mr Robbins will bring the following skills and knowledge to the LPHC role, strategy, governance, corporate investment and administration. Nigel also Chairs the Port’s Risk Committee and is a member of the Port’s Pension and Remuneration Committee.

Frank Hewitt

Frank Hewitt

Mr Frank Hewitt’s career spans both the public and private sectors. Mr Hewitt has extensive Non-Executive board member experience, including former appointments with the Northern Ireland Science Park, Invest NI and Ilex Urban Regeneration Company. He was the German Government’s Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland. Mr Hewitt will bring the following skills and knowledge to the LPHC role, corporate governance, strategy and finance. Frank Chairs the Port’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee and is also a member of the Pension and Remuneration and Risk Committees.

Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett

Mr Alan Bissett is a senior utilities lawyer and has advised on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters at leading firms in Belfast and London. He is a member of the Law Societies of Northern Ireland and of England & Wales. Mr Bissett will bring the following skills and knowledge to the board corporate governance, procurement, negotiation and strategy. Alan is also a member of the Port’s Risk Committee and the Port’s Health, Safety and Environmental Committee.

Ryan McCready

Ryan McCready

Mr Ryan McCready was appointed as a Harbour Commissioner in April 2020. He represents the Faughan Electoral Ward as a Councillor on the Derry City and Strabane District Council and is a Non-executive Director on the City of Derry Airport Ltd board, Deputy Chair of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee and member of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. Mr McCready will bring the following skills and knowledge to the board, strategic vision, lateral thinking and corporate governance. Ryan is also a member of the Port’s Audit and Health, Safety and Environmental Committees.

Rachael Ferguson

Rachael Ferguson

Ms Rachael Ferguson was appointed as Harbour Commissioner in March 2020. She is a Local Alliance Councillor on Derry City and Strabane District Council since May 2019. She is a co-founder of an online support group for mothers. She is a Director of Tiny Tots community group and a Board member of Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group. Rachael is also a member of the Port’s Audit Committee.

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson

Mr Christopher Jackson was appointed Harbour Commissioner in March 2020. He is a Sinn Fein councillor, elected to represent the Waterside DEA in 2014. Christopher is the Chair of DCSDC’s Planning Committee and sits on the Environment and Regeneration Committee. He is a Director of Advice North West, Hillcrest Trust, Jack and Jill Playgroup and is the Chairperson of the Whistle project. Christopher is a member of the Ports Health, Safety and Environment Committee.

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