The work to buy the port of Dover for the community is led by the People's Port Community Trust Limited ("People's Port Trust"). The directors are:
Neil Wiggins (Chair)
Neil has worked in the Maritime Industry for 27 years. He's seen it all - in past times, Neil was at sea as a deck officer on General Cargo, Bulk, Container and Gas carrier vessels. He came ashore to work in operations management at Felixstowe container terminal. Neil has spent time in the Far East managing and planning large scale port investments and developments.
Today Neil lives in Eythorne and runs his own company, looking after a fleet of 10 container vessels on the vessel operations side. He is a member of the Hamburg committee of the Global Institute of Logistics where he provides advice on Container Terminal Quality Management Systems, Terminal process improvement and Port Operations development.
When not thinking about ports and shipping, Neil likes to play the trumpet.
Sir Patrick Sheehy (President)
Sir Patrick joined BAT in 1950 and after various senior appointments in a variety of different countries, became Chairman and Chief Executive of BAT in the mid 1970s. Sir Patrick has also served on the boards of a number of major international companies as a director, was Chair of the Home office inquiry into police responsibility and rewards and has been awarded the Chevalier de La Legion D'Honneur (France) 1995.
Pat was a senior manager within the ferry industry. He was responsible for commercial, service planning, sales and marketing responsibilities, including a period in Dover from 1985 to 1991. Pat set up his own business in 1999 as a consultant within the transport and tourism industry including specialist tour operating.
Prior to retirement Chartered Member of Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Since retiring in 2007, Pat devotes his time to working for the local community and is now Chairman, Friends of Dover Castle, an Executive Committee Member of The Dover Society, Tourism Advisor to Dover Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer for the National Trust
For nearly 30 years, Peter was an investment banker.
In his career he worked for ABN and HSBC. Peter was chief trader then GM Treasury & Investment, Saudi British Bank (an HSBC subsidiary). He was also Director Middle East Sales at Barclays / BZW, based in London and Dubai.
Peter now lives in Eythorne and runs Blake's Restaurant in Dover with his wife.
Peter combines a rare double in understanding high finance and beer.
David is Chief Executive of the Dover District Chamber of Commerce.
David has worked in East Kent businesses for many years and also serves as: Chief Executive of Thanet and East Kent Chamber Ltd, a director of Thanet Works, Industrial Professor at Thanet College, a director of Academy FM radio station, Editor of the Thanet and East Kent Insider, President and Founder of the Dover Arts Festival. In amongst this, David finds time to be a member of the Academy for Chief Executives, the DWP working group on pension reform and serve as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce.
David has also worked in the transport industry both in the UK and overseas and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Cllr Bob Markham
Bob is a former Mayor of Dover.
Currently he is a Labour councillor on the Town Council.
Bob lives in Dover and serves the people of Tower Hamlets.
Bob has a long track record of fighting for improvements to Dover and our seafront.
Algy has been a high level businessman and chief executive for many years. Originally involved, through his company Cluff Oil, in opening up the North Sea to oil exploration and production, Algy, a former Officer in the Grenadier Guards, has gone on to be involved in the mining industry for more than 30 years through his companies Cluff Mining and Cluff Gold. He was Chairman of the Spectator for 25 years and is currently Chair and Chief Executive of Cluff Gold. He is also a Trustee of the Anglo-Hong Kong Trust, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chairman of the War Memorials Trust, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute.
Charlie Elphicke MP
Charlie is the Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal (Conservative). Charlie is passionate about more jobs and money locally.
A tax lawyer and expert on the public finances, Charlie advised Shadow Chancellors for the past decade before being elected to Parliament in the May 2010 General Election.
Charlie is also a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and has published numerous papers on pensions and poverty related issues.