The board of Poole Harbour Commissioners has recently welcomed William Gibbons as a new member.

From 19 years, William was the director of the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) where he was responsible for promoting the UK cruising and ferry industry to UK holidaymakers.

During his time at the PSA, William acted as a high profile spokesperson for the passenger shipping sector and dealt effectively with the immediate aftermath of the Costa Concordia incident in January 2012.

William has excellent senior level contacts within the cruise and ferry industry and his previous roles include general manager of Sealink Isle of Wight ferry services, (now Wightlink), ferry line manager for the Harwich Hook of Holland ferry route and port manager for the Port of Harwich.

William, who lives in Dorchester, is currently the director of Discover Ferries, which was set up in May 2013 as an independent organisation which works towards the promotion of ferry travel within and from the UK.

Commenting on his new appointment, William Gibbons said: “My professional interest and experience in cruising and the ferry industry has given me a good understanding of everything that Poole Harbour has to offer its stakeholders. I have a natural affinity with much of the harbour’s activity and look forward to supporting the board of commissioners with any strategic decisions.”

As well as the new member, Poole Harbour Commissioners has also welcomed back David Norman, who has been reappointed to serve a second term. The appointments will run for three years.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, added: “I welcome William to the board; he brings with him his extensive experience and will really add value and complement our existing board members’ breadth of skills. Our strengthened board will provide the strategic direction necessary to encourage the continued growth and success of Poole Harbour.”