A solicitor from Cornwall, with 37 years’ experience in law, has joined the board of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.

Following a competitive open recruitment process in October, Mark Chanter, 58, joins the six-strong board of commissioners, replacing Commissioner and Chairman, Dave Ellis.

Mark, who works at Foot Anstey, lives in Truro and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Having initially become a Partner at Frank & Caffin, Mark went on to become Managing Partner at Hancock Caffin and has been a key member of the management board of Foot Anstey since 2007.

The new FHC board member brings an abundance of business planning experience to the role including change management, scrutinising budgets as well as setting and overseeing strategy.

Mark, who is also the Deputy Chairman Trustee of the Royal Cornwall Museum and Honorary Solicitor of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Society, is a regular user of the Harbour. He has also sat on various committees of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

Commenting on the changes to the board, Carrie Gilmore, newly appointed Chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: “Being a commissioner is a great opportunity to make a difference and support the economic well-being of Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole. It’s always great to attract both new talent and retain existing on the board.

“Mark’s extensive experience in business development and management will add tremendous value and complement the existing board members’ breadth of skills. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming him to our team.”

Mark Chanter, newly appointed Falmouth Harbour Commissioner board member, said: “Having a deep affinity with Falmouth, and an interest in sailing, I am really looking forward to getting more actively involved with the port authority. Having spent much of my leisure time in Falmouth, I know that Falmouth Harbour is an extremely busy port and I’m relishing the challenge of being able to learn more about its day-to-day running and supporting its ongoing business development and future success.”