YARMOUTH HARBOUR WELCOMES THREE NEW COMMISSIONERS
Yarmouth Harbour will have three new Commissioners joining the board from 1 June 2017:
I was born in London where I remained until my early teens when my parents moved the family home first to Essex and then Kent where they purchased a public house. It was during our time in Kent that I met and married my long-suffering wife of 41 years and together we moved to Essex for work reasons. It was here that we had our two children (who have never really forgiven us for having been born in Essex) and when they were still quite young we moved for work reasons once more into Northamptonshire where we were destined to stay for over 30 years.
The work that was so key to these decisions was a 40-odd year career in health, safety and environmental management in which I still retain a keen interest to this day. Indeed, although I am now officially retired I still occasionally get asked back by Network Rail to work as a consultant having spent the last 20 years or so of my career as a railway specialist.
It was the search for our idyllic retirement location that brought us to the Isle of Wight and my wife’s love of gardening and my wish to be near a coastline made the decision to come here one of the easiest we have ever made. The better we got to know the island the more we liked the western side, particularly loving the communities of Yarmouth and Brighstone where we now live.
I have a mooring now in Yarmouth and am looking forward to wasting some time fishing and generally soaking up the wonderful environment that we are so lucky to have and must work hard to preserve.
I feel honoured and most fortunate to have been asked to become a Commissioner and I hope to make a meaningful contribution in support of the hopes and ambitions of the staff and Commissioners of Yarmouth Harbour.
Sue Poston has owned a house in Yarmouth since 1976, living here full-time since 2004.
She is a successful entrepreneur, having started and co-owned the national sports goods company Petworth House in the 70’s and 80’s.
After selling the company, she joined the Department of Trade and Industry for three years as a business counsellor/mentor, meeting clients across six counties including the Island.
Next, Sue worked in the print industry as a Group Sales and Marketing Director for fourteen years.
On the Island, Sue chaired the Trustees of the Quay Arts Centre for eight years and worked with the Isle of Wight Council as a lay person Vice-Chairing the Scrutiny Committee. She served as a Yarmouth Town Councillor for six years and as a Yarmouth Town Trustee for five years. She has been a Governor of Yarmouth Primary School and was, for five years, Vice-Chair of the joint colleges of Medina and Carisbrooke, chairing the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee. For six years she chaired the Heritage Lottery Project for West Wight Landscape Partnership, which delivered benefits of £2.5 million to the West Wight.
More recently, she has participated in a pilot mentoring scheme for MBA students at Bath University.
Her skills revolve around people and good management practice as well as having a good grip on the financial situation.
Sue has sailed yachts and owned Toppers and Lasers. She is looking forward to enjoying a recently acquired Hawk 20, which will be moored in the harbour.
My family originated from Cornwall where they farmed for many years although I was actually born and raised in London.
I moved in my early twenties to Hampshire where my sailing career began. Having spent some years with my wife and three sons sailing The Solent and South Coast, I qualified as a Yachtmaster Commercial Skipper and sailed professionally, carrying out delivery trips, Cowes Week and particularly for The London Sailing Project where I was a senior skipper taking young people on sail training voyages along The South Coast, France and The Channel Islands.
I have also had a career with Hampshire Fire and Rescue, both operationally and as an instructor, and I currently have continued this role with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue, where I am the Senior Driving Instructor.
In addition, I am an Assistant Director with The Warwick Folk Festival, where I am actively involved in both the organisation and running of an annual event which attracts up to 20,000 visitors each year.
I have known and loved the Island and, in particular, Yarmouth for over thirty years and I now live with my wife in Yarmouth where I keep my motor cruiser ‘Calyora’ on a residential mooring in the harbour.
I am now in the process of full retirement this year when I intend to play a full and active role in the life of both the Island and, in particular, serve as a valuable member of The Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners.