New chief executive takes over at Cowes Harbour Commission

By Chris Cornford Mar 8, 2021

A new chief executive has taken the helm at Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC). Gary Hall has taken over from Captain Stuart McIntosh, who retired last Friday (Feb 26) after more than 20 years in the post of Cowes Harbourmaster. His role has been split with former deputy harbourmaster, Ed Walker, taking on the harbourmaster role, reporting directly to the board of trustees on his responsibilities of safety, security and statutory issues.

Mr Hall will lead the executive management team and is responsible for the commercial and yachting services work of the port. He has been working in Cowes for the past month getting to know the sites and meeting commissioners and stakeholders.

He released a statement saying he was looking forward to a promising season on the water and getting out on enjoying the ‘wonderful Island that I now call me home’.
He added: “I believe CHC must continue to be forward-looking and over time I will be focusing on developing thoughts and plans for the Harbour Commission’s long-term future.”

In an H2O podcast interview with Radio Solent to mark his retirement, Captain McIntosh looked back over his long career at sea and as Cowes Harbourmaster, saying a particular highlight was the America’s Cup Jubilee Celebrations in 2001. He intends to split his time between the Island and Lanzarote and is looking forward to taking part in sailing events as a competitor, including the Round the Island Race. You can listen to the interview at