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Advisory Board

NPHC Advisory Board

Introduction regarding the role of the AB

“The role of the Advisory Board is to establish stakeholder representation and a means for Newlyn harbour commissioners to seek views on key issues relevant to stakeholders with particular responsibility of ensuring that stakeholder views are heard at board level.

That representation includes:

  • local communities
  • harbour users – both commercial and leisure and their representative organisations
  • local economy, such as local businesses including suppliers
  • local government and central government
  • others – including employees, MPs and elected representatives

– Advisory Board Chair Father Keith Owen

Relationships to a Statutory Harbour Authority like NHPC.

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          Advisory Board Members

          Father Keith Owen
          AB Chair

          Keith Owen has worked extensively with local government and statutory agencies for over 30 years.

          He has been a Lead Chaplain in the NHS and chaired committees for Health Authorities, Education Departments and latterly the Standards Committee of Penwith District Council.

          He is also currently chair of CTIPA, the charity behind the FoodBank, The Breakfast Project for the Homeless and Street Pastors, and St. Michael’s Housing Society, an organisation providing homes for young families and elderly persons throughout Penzance.

          He works as a staff member of the Penlee Cluster of Churches with responsibility for Newlyn.

          Nick Howell
          Vice Chair/Community

          Nick has more than 45 years experience in the fishing industry from establishing merchant and processing companies and from spending a very short time attempting to be a fisherman. Introducing mechanical grading machines and opening up the markets in Spain for Newlyn fish were firsts in the 1980’s.

          Reviving Cornwall’s traditional pilchard fishery by rebranding the fish as “Cornish Sardines” with Marks and Spencer in 1998 and founding the Cornish Sardine Management Association resulted in renewed investment in vessels and onshore processing by many Cornish companies.

          Though semi-retired he still oversees the manufacturing and marketing of “The Pilchard Works” brand of tinned fillets to Waitrose and wholesalers in the UK.

          Other experiences gained through being a Board member in industries from tourism to pet food manufacturing or as a Newlyn Harbour Commissioner should help the AB form and recommend ways to implement a Long Term Development Strategy for the port.

          Newlyn’s location within the new UK fishing area offers unique opportunities for its vibrant community to finally benefit from new investment.

          To be announced
          Penzance Town Council

          Following the local elections on May 6th there will be a new representative from Penwith Town Council announced shortly to replace councillor John Lambourn.

          To be appointed.
          Catching Sector (10m +)

          A new member from the 10m+ Catching Sector will be appointed in the Spring.

          Craig Tonkin
          Fish Merchants’ Sector

          Craig Tonkin has was born and bred in Newlyn. His family have been fishing from newlyn for generations and he has been a fish merchant on Newlyn fish market for over 30 years. He runs the online fishmongers www.freshcornishfish.co.uk and sends fish to domestic customers all over the U.K.

          He also exports fish from Newlyn throughout France, Spain and Italy via his company P.J.Tonkin and Co. Craig owns the famous little blue fish shop opposite the fish market where fish from that mornings market can be purchased.

          Craig listens to the views of the fish merchants on the market and passes on any important information which comes from the A.B to the merchants. He has extensive experience of the workings of the fish market and fishing industry.

          Simon Cadman
          Cornwall IFCA

          I have been involved with fisheries management throughout the inshore waters of Cornwall since 1987. Having worked extensively from Newlyn harbour myself and knowing many fishermen who use its facilities, I have gained a broad understanding of the workings of the port, its current services and facilities.

          I am a director of Seafood Cornwall Training and I am an active member of the South West England Fishing Safety Forum. I firmly believe that Newlyn has the potential to stand head and shoulders above any other fishing port in England, providing all the necessary facilities required by fishing vessels working in southwest English waters, together with a first class auction market for the vast range of fish and shellfish that are landed to the port.

          I am aware of how important a thriving harbour is to the wider Newlyn community, as well as to many businesses throughout Cornwall and further afield, and I wish to see significant plans and investment for the harbour area that make it all happen.

          Jason Ward
          Community

          My family and I moved to Newlyn in 2012. From school I spent 20 years as a plumbing & heating engineer, my business grew and sold, then I was called to pastor a lively local church here in this village and serve the community.

          At Hope Church we run a wide variety of projects including a busy youth work, toddler groups and various seniors projects. I joined the Penlee Lifeboat crew in 2016 after having played some vets games for the Pirate Ams and in the Local RNLI vs Fire Brigade matches and continue being ‘on call’ to this day.

          In 2019 I had the pleasure of leading a restoration project of the old Fishermen’s Rest down on the Old Quay in Newlyn and it is ready to be used by the local community, primarily as a base for a charity called HopeShips which I have spent the last couple of years establishing.

          HopeShips is a well-being and mental health chaplaincy project, for one and all to access and benefit from, we run shore based projects linked with other local charities and the opportunity to get out on the water sailing is available (a pastor and his boat).

          I care about the people in this amazing place which I love. I want to be part of the process to bring wise improvements for the benefit of the community based around the harbour as a whole, to see the port tastefully and wisely developed for the benefit of the next generation growing up in this place.

          Paul Durkin
          Community

          I live in Newlyn, having moved here when I retired. I am Chairman of the Cornish Pirates, having been appointed in 2016.

          I am also Treasurer and trustee for a number of local Trusts and Charities. I am the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Penzance.

          Prior to retirement, I was a partner in Ernst & Young (EY) in London as a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Security Manager.

          Hopefully I bring a lot of experience in business, board membership and projects to the AB in the long term strategy.

          Larry Hartwell
          Community

          I worked for 15 years as a fisherman and skipper on vessels up to 21m, mainly from Newlyn.

          As a teacher in Secondary and Further Education I specialised in maths, English and IT, and am currently teaching part-time at Penwith College.

          My website, Through the Gaps has since 2008 championed the local and wider role fishing communities have to play in providing the UK with an ethically and sustainable caught food supply.

          As a priority, I would like to see much more done by all concerned to portray the industry as an incredibly rewarding, and worthwhile career option where every individual develops a wide range of practical skills, environmental and geographical knowledge together with a positive can-do attitude with all the life-skills benefits that follow.