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Ports boss to step down

Ports boss to step down

Monday 03 September 2018

Ports boss to step down

Monday 03 September 2018

One of Jersey's most high profile leaders is leaving his post to take up a new role in the UK.

Doug Bannister has announced this morning that he is stepping down as CEO of the Ports of Jersey, which is responsible for the island's airport and harbours.

He will be returning to the UK in early 2019 to become CEO of the Port of Dover.

Mr Bannister has led the Ports of Jersey for seven years,  a period which involved a major restructure as the old government departments in charge of the island's "gateways" were turned into a limited company. 

More recently, the island's airport has announced  £42m renovations plans which would see the space transformed to include a 2,300 sqm mezzanine floor opening to a security area and spacious departures lounge offering views of the aircraft. The project is scheduled to complete in 2021. 

future airport

Pictured: Plans for the new airport are likely to cost in the region of £42m.

Charles Clarke, Chairman of Ports of Jersey, said: “We are naturally very sad to be losing a CEO of Doug’s quality and are grateful for all that he has achieved during his time with Ports of JerseyJ, but we acknowledge the strength of the opportunity, which Port of Dover offers to him. We wish him and his family well in their new environment.“

Doug Bannister, CEO Ports of Jersey, added: “We have made such tremendous progress in developing our business and organisation over these past seven years.  I regret that I will not be directly involved in the continuing success of the company, but I am looking forward to working with another great port operation.  Returning to the UK is the right move for me and my family at this time.”

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Posted by David Moon on
This highlights again the fallacy of appointing people from outside the Island to these top posts instead of local people. Both the harbour and the airport were run for decades quite successfully by a harbour master and a commandant who ere local residents. Rather then spend all the proposed millions on the airport building it would be more beneficial to provide incentives to airlines to provide flights at least weekly to Paris/Dinard. We have too many services to the UK and none to France when previously there were regular flights to both Paris and Dinard. Similarly sea travel we had a far more reliable service to France when it was provided by a traditional ferry before Condor were given a monopoly with their unreliable fast vessels which do not justify their description as they are generally late or not all.
Posted by John Henwood on
Doug Bannister is an example of someone with a skill set that was not available in Jersey, who came here and made a difference - a very positive and beneficial difference. In addition to his transformation of the Airport and Ports, steering them through incorporation, he was also a founder member of the Board of Visit Jersey on which he has made a valuable contribution. In addition to his professional abilities, his personal qualities mean he will be much missed when he takes on a huge role at the Port of Dover. He will be much missed and deserves our thanks and good wishes.
Posted by nigel pearce on
How much will he be given as a leaving present and how much will the next CEO (inevitably recruited from outside the island) be given to sign on?
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