Our New Commissioners

portrait of 2 commissioners of Poole harbour

Our New Commissioners

Here at Poole Harbour Commissioners, we’re delighted to welcome not one but two new commissioners to the Port of Poole. They’ll be joining us to help manage the Trust Port as well as to oversee Europe’s largest natural harbour – all 10,000 acres of it. Martin Pate and Tom Russell bring their wealth of knowledge and experience and increase the already diverse range of skills provided by our panel of commissioners.

Martin Pate

After beginning his career with the London Metropolitan Police, Martin went onto work for the Department of Transport and Environment in London. Here he lent his skills to various departments and liaised with agencies on a range of projects. Sometime later, Martin became a solicitor and Managing Director of MJP Law in Dorset.

Martin’s passion for sailing is undeniable. As a former Commodore of East Dorset Sailing Club in Poole and a qualified RYA Offshore Yacht Master, we look forward to seeing what he brings to the team.

portrait of 2 commissioners of Poole harbour

Tom Russell

Operating two commercial fishing boats from Poole, Tom has spent all his life on the harbour. He is the Chairman of the Poole and District Fisherman’s Association as well as the local representative of the Fisherman’s Mission. With such an esteemed portfolio of accomplishments, we’re confident in Tom’s abilities.

Our very own chief executive, Jim Stewart has stated that he is delighted to welcome Martin and Tom to the board. He, along with the rest of us, firmly believe that both will bring further skill and expertise to an already strong and experienced team of commissioners. Our continued growth and success is now all but assured thanks to our newly strengthened board.


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