The Executive Team

Chief Executive & Commissioner

Brian McGrath

Brian McGrath

Brian was appointed as the Chief Executive and Harbour Commissioner in March 2003. A former Director of Harland and Wolff, Brian has many years’ experience in ship design and maritime economics. He is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Brian is a Past President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and a former Council Member of the Northern Ireland Prince’s Trust, British Ports’ Association and the Confederation of British Industries Northern Ireland.

Operations Director & Harbour Master

Captain Bill McCann

Captain Bill McCann

Bill was appointed as Harbour Master in July 1996 and was promoted to Operations Director in January 2016. He is a Class 1 Master Mariner and spent 16 years in the Merchant Navy with BP Shipping, Souter Shipping and P&O Irish Sea Ferries. He is a Member of the Nautical Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors. Bill is also the Chairman and Port Security Officer for the Londonderry Port Security Authority.

Engineering & Development Director

George Cuthbert

George Cuthbert

George was appointed as Port Engineer in April 2004 and was promoted to Engineering and Development Director in January 2016. Previously a Senior Engineer at Harland and Wolff, George has over 20 years’ project management experience in the engineering, marine and infrastructure sectors. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director, a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Finance & Corporate Services Director

Arlene Thompson

Arlene Thompson

Arlene was appointed as Financial Controller in May 2013 having worked in the role of Assistant Financial Controller since 2005. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds a Master of Business Administration. Arlene trained and qualified with Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants and gained five years’ experience in Public and Private sector audit. Arlene was appointed as Finance and Corporate Services Director in January 2016.

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