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Shoreham Port bids farewell to Chief Executive

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Shoreham Port’s Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn, has left after 10 years of service. Lunn started at the port in 2009, bringing with him his 40 years of experience working in the maritime sector. His successor, Tom Willis has already joined the port after starting his handover in November.

Under Lunn’s leadership Shoreham Port has seen a 75% growth in revenue from £8 million - £14 million, and has also seen improvements every year with a focused diversification of business across all streams. Additionally, this year 30% of scallops landed in the UK by UK fishing vessels were landed in Shoreham, making it the number one scallop port in the UK. Last year, around 1500 commercial shipping movements and over 2 million t of cargo were also handled at the port.

The port’s masterplan remains on track, as does its tenant community with over 100 businesses and 1500 jobs in total on site, making it a strong economic drive for the local economy. Strategic land purchases and development of key sites, including Lady Bee Enterprise Centre, Hove Enterprise Centre Extension and Ferry Wharf have been additions to its commercial property portfolio. The port has also made investments in its marina and leisure facilities over the past decade, providing facilities for the wider community.

During his tenure, Lunn has aimed to strengthen the relationship between the port and its surrounding communities by improving stakeholder engagement in accordance with Trust Port values. The port has also continued to provide jobs for many of those living locally, with the workforce doubling in size under his leadership. Lunn aimed to ensure that staff feel both valued and supported by making the port a living wage employer and by promoting gender equality in the workplace under the Women in Maritime taskforce.

Amber Foster, Chair of Shoreham Port, said: “Rodney has shown excellent leadership over the past 10 years and he will be greatly missed. His contribution to Shoreham Port, the local community and port sector has been enormous, and his legacy will no doubt be felt for many years to come. Thank you from everyone on the Board and very best wishes for the future, Rodney.”

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