Wind Speed: 2.010kn
Wind Direction: 3.900°
Tide Height C.D.: 7.156m

The commissioners recently agreed the following aim ‘to retain the character of the harbour’ and following objectives:

  • Ensure sufficient water depth is maintained,
  • Maintain a similar mix and number of moorings, managed by the Harbour,
  • Maintain and sustain suitable facilities for visiting boats,
  • Identify gaps in services and, where appropriate, either work with others to provide or provide ourselves,
  • Maintain our compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code,
  • Maintain current quality standards (eg YHA Gold Anchors, PMSC) and identify any appropriate standards that will help further improve the harbour’s operation,
  • Operate a financial model which ensures sustainability, phased capital equipment replacement and a regular maintenance schedule,
  • Maintain and build strong working relationships with all harbour users and stakeholders,
  • Provide value for money,
  • Maintain, protect and enhance our natural environment
  • Encourage all harbour stakeholders to appreciate the unique character of the harbour


Andrew Scott - Chairman -Email Commissioners

Appointed 2022 -

Andrew, a Chartered engineer, has held various senior positions in positions in Engineering and Project Delivery. He retired from the Energy Technologies Institute at the end of 2018, where he was the Programme Manager responsible for the Offshore Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Shipping. He has sailed since his early teens, holds the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and is a current harbour berth holder.


James Thomas - Harbour Master / Chief Executive

Appointed 2016

James heads up the Harbour’s small but highly committed team, his love of sailing and the sea started when he taught himself to sail as a ten-year-old, and continued through his career in the British Army. As well as being a Yachtmaster he brings more than three decades of management and marine experience to the role , a wealth of knowledge and expertise as well as great enthusiasm.

Fiona Brown

Fiona Brown - Public Relations

Second Term 2020-

Brought up in a boat yard on the River Colne, Fiona has been a regular user of Brightlingsea harbour since childhood. She has over 35 years experience working in the marine industry, 20 of which have been as a consultant providing event management and communications services to a wide range of marine organisations.


Duncan Nicholson - Engineering

Second Term 2020-

Duncan is a Civil Engineer specialising in foundation design. He has recently retired. He is a keen dinghy sailor having been a member of Brightlingsea Sailing Club for 50 years. Currently he is developing an interest in larger boats including smacks and has his own yacht.


Daniel Stoker -

Appointed 2022

Daniel is Head of Transformation at BIMCO, the world's largest shipping association, prior to this he spent 7 years supporting technical and policy engagement across marine sectors for the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST). As a sailor, gig rower, kayaker and SUP, he has been a regular user of the harbour for the last 10 years. Currently Vice Chair of the Harker's Yard Gig Association (HYGA), an active member of Wivenhoe Sailing Club and the Wivenhoe Corsairs Community Rowing Club.

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Pamela Hatswell -Town liaison

Second Term 2021-

Pamela is a small business owner, lives in Brightlingsea and has networked in the business community for more than twenty years. Since moving to this area she spent some time working with the Tendring Enterprise Agency and Clacton CVS and now continues her work as a consultant and speaker in the Utilities Industry for both domestic and business users. Some of her family are keen nautical folk so she is delighted to become a Commissioner, bringing her expertise, business knowledge and contacts to the marine environment.


Colin Watkins

Appointed 2022-

Colin served in the Royal Navy for almost 38 years which included two periods of command, after retirement in 2003 he developed a former dock in Westminster into a residential barge dock to support his delivery business. Later he project managed the development of a marina adjacent to Chelsea Harbour. A Brightlingsea yachtsman who has completed two ‘Whitbread Round the world’ races, skippers the Brig ‘Royalist’ and is a Yachtmaster Examiner for sail, Power and Ocean.


Patric Foley-Brickley

Appointed 2022-