New Executive Officer for UKHMA

Capt. Willis will officially take over the XO responsibilities in June
Capt. Willis will officially take over the XO responsibilities in June
Peter Moth has held the XO role since 1998
Peter Moth has held the XO role since 1998

The UK Harbour Masters’ Association (UKHMA) has announced the imminent appointment of a new Executive Officer in the first change in the Association’s secretariat in over 20 years.

Long-standing Executive Officer, Peter Moth, is set to retire in June, having taken over the post as a ‘temporary stand-in’ in 1998 following the sudden illness of his predecessor. During his tenure, the UKHMA has developed from a modest group of regional harbour masters into a nationwide professional body that contributes at the highest level of governmental and regulatory decision making and is now regarded as the leading resource for port marine operational policy and practice.

Following an exhaustive selection process, Captain Martin Willis, presently Harbour Master, Port of Blyth, will be appointed in June as the new Executive Officer (XO) when he will also undertake the additional formal duties of Association Secretary. The XO office will move to a new location in the North East while the main administrative and membership functions will remain with Sue Clark, the UKHMA Membership Manager, at the existing Farnborough office. The popular Autumn and Spring Seminar series will continue to be managed by Maritime Intelligence Ltd, of which Peter Moth remains a Director.

Commenting on his appointment, Capt. Willis remarked: “It is with great personal pleasure and honour that I accept the opportunity to succeed Peter as Executive Officer of the Association. As a long-time Member of the UKHMA, and as current Vice President of the Association, I have a vested interest in maintaining the professional recognition and industry-wide appreciation of the responsible role undertaken by harbour masters.

“Knowing I have ‘big shoes’ to fill will help me to continue to deliver the Association’s aims and objectives as we look to enhance the UKHMA’s professional relevance and membership benefits into the next decade. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Peter all the best for his retirement and would like to thank him on behalf of the Association’s membership for his unstinting dedication and hard work over the previous 21 years in creating the professionally recognised Association of today”.

Looking back over his term in office, Peter Moth reflected, “It is with great pride and satisfaction that I will hand over the Association to Martin. The UKHMA has matured into a professional body with authority in both national and international maritime sectors and provides significant levels of reassurance and guidance to harbour masters in ports large and small, throughout the British Isles.

“Of particular note during my tenure, has been the development of an MCA-recognised Harbour Master Certificate and the introduction of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, both of which contribute significantly to the professional standing of harbour masters in the overall maritime community”.

Peter Moth is best known around here though for setting up Maritime Journal back in 1987.

Capt. Willis will officially take over the XO responsibilities at the UKHMA’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held, according to recent tradition, adjacent to and concurrently with Seawork International on 12 June in ABP Southampton.

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