Portsmouth Harbour Marine appoints its first Managing Director

The Directors of Portsmouth Harbour Marine (PHM) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Bowden CMM as the first Managing Director of the Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2013 to advance the marine business sector, encourage marine related employment in Gosport and assist in the development of Gosport waterfront.

Mark Bowden’s role will be to drive forward the PHM objectives, which include stimulating marine business, encouraging young people to get afloat for recreation and employment, and promoting Portsmouth Harbour as a destination for leisure sailors. This will involve building upon PHM’s successful development work and maritime events to date, and expanding the network to embrace the marine sector across the whole of Portsmouth Harbour in collaboration with Gosport, Portsmouth and Hampshire councils and other partners.

Peter Melson CVO CBE, Chairman of PHM, said; “We are delighted to be moving ahead with the objectives of PHM, so the appointment of Mark is an important step for this Gosport-based CIC. With funding now secured from Trinity House, and with Portsmouth City Council and Gosport Borough Council now also committed to supporting PHM financially, Mark’s appointment as Managing Director is a key strategic decision in delivering our objectives. Mark has run his own marine-based business in Gosport (Marina Projects) for over 16 years and so has much to offer in terms of knowledge of the harbour and the needs of the marine sector.”

Caroline Dinenage MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head quoted- “The Portsmouth Harbour Marine was born in November 2012 out of my determination to promote our area as a world-class marine and sailing destination. Capitalising on our rich maritime heritage and skilled local workforce, I thought this had the potential drive jobs, youth opportunities and economic prosperity. Since then with the knowledge and enthusiasm of local employers and council members PHM has grown to be a shining example of what can be achieved. With Mark’s appointment and associated funding, PHM will continue to lead the south coast in connecting young people and marine businesses to deliver the skills we need for the 21st century.”

Mark Bowden stated that; “I am delighted to be given the task of driving this most worthwhile organisation forward and I thank all the volunteers past and present for the work that they have done to bring PHM this far. This appointment and the recent funding commitments form the next chapter to enable PHM to have a positive influence across Portsmouth Harbour.”

In due course, PHM will be renamed to reflect its wider role within Portsmouth Harbour.

For more information please contact Mark Bowden [email protected] or 07802 650623