THE MAIN BOARD
The Board of Directors will be led by a private sector chairperson and consist of elected and nominated Directors, comprising a majority of representatives from the Waterfront business community and supported by nominated representatives of key stakeholder organisations.
Chris Arscott took over the role as Chairman of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership in 2012.As Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England and non-executive Director of the National Marine Aquarium, the waterfront is a natural place for this highly motivated individual with his considerable range of skills in both the private and public sector.
Chris started out with British Rail as an engineer in 1970 and by 2006 he was the Principal Contracts Manager at Railtrack. In that time he lead the recovery and infrastructure replacement following the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, delivered a £800m budget as contracts manager and developed a train performance scheme, later adopted as the Railtrack standard scheme nationally.
Chris holds several sailing qualifications and has organised many national, local and international yachting events, including the recent Route des Princes inaugural round Europe race.Chris has considerable Board experience, having lead many company reorganisations and delivered complex business strategies. When not on the water, Chris enjoys sports such as rugby and fly fishing
Educated at Hyde Park School and Plymouth College. Gained a BA Psychology and Sociology from Leeds in 1976 and an MA in Sociology from Warwick in 1978. Opened a shop in New Street on the Barbican 1978 selling his prints and drawings, the shop is still open and Chris has now written over 20 books about the city and made a number of films about Plymouth.
Has written for the Plymouth Herald from 1982 to the present, worked as freelance broadcaster for BBC Radio for 25 years, and has presented one TV series for ITV Westcountry. In the early 1990s was Chair of Barbican Traders: he has also chaired the Old Plymouth Society and the OPM Club. A director of the Plymouth Barbican Trust since 1985, Chris is also a current director of the Plymouth Dispensary Trust, and committee member of the Give A Child A Chance charity.
A keen music, art and sports fan, Chris plays cricket for Philanthropists CC and the occasional game of tennis. Happily married to Clare they have three adult children
The Invicta Hotel
Born and raised in London, Roy joined the Royal Navy and left after seven years as an engineer. Following many foreign postings and trips this led him to become interested in tourism and travel and his involvement with Plymouth arose from being based here.
On return to a civilian life, he started his own security consultancy and installation company, with engagements and contracts around the world and focussing in the Middle East. Roy’s skills of management, diplomacy, foreign knowledge & working with Destination Management Organisations (DMO’s) naturally led to the hospitality trade which operates alongside his security business.
He took over the Invicta Hotel at a time he believed he needed a mid-life challenge, with his wife Betty and son Roy in 2001 and is Chair of the Plymouth Hospitality Association.
Roy is extremely knowledgeable about the accommodation sector and tourism which is a great asset he brings to the Board as a Director of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership.
Cllr Peter Smith
Deputy Leader PCC
I am an experienced Labour City Councillor, having served with Plymouth City Council for 17 years. During that time I have served on numerous committees, including: Mayflower Trust; Culture, Sport and Leisure; Planning; Overview and Scrutiny; and I was the Shadow Cabinet Member spokesperson for Community Services (Safer and Stronger Communities).
Currently I am the Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, and Cabinet Member with responsibility for: Human Resources; Customer Services; Libraries; ICT; Democracy and Governance; Events, Culture and Heritage. I am also Chair of the Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee, member of the Emma Stirling Bequest, and a Ward Councillor for Honicknowle.I have recently retired, after 43 years, from Babcock Marine at Devonport Dockyard, where I was a full time GMB Convenor, and Chair of the Dockyard Works Committee, which is the main negotiating committee for the Industrial Workforce at Babcock.
I am continuing in my role as the GMB Branch Secretary for the Plymouth Tech Craft Branch, and am also a member of the GMB Southern Regional Committee and Regional Council. I am married with two grown-up children and in my spare time I am a Plymouth Argyle supporter.
The Duke of Cornwall
Jonathan Morcom, Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality,Joint-owner of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel after completing a Management Buyout over 12 years ago.
I am the Chair of Conference Plymouth since 2010 and Member of the Hospitality & Visitor Economy Employer Advisory BoardTrained at City College Plymouth, followed by a two-year Trainee Management position at the Duke rising to Deputy General Manager.
I left to open a Boutique Hotel in Wells Somerset from its Inception and returned for family reasons a few years later.I have held posts at the Plymouth Pavilions and the Royal Western Yacht Club, as Food and Beverage Manager and House Manager respectively, returning to the Duke in 2001 to complete the MBO.We are proud to support the BID in the Dukes 150th year.
We are Endorsers of City College Plymouth and Patrons of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. I live in Manadon with my wife and 14 year old son.
Benjamin Shearn is the managing director of The Treasury group which has paved the way in lifestyle and culture changes within the city for the last 20 years, establishing the first sandwich and coffee bar in the city in 1993 and leading the way in cafe culture by constructing the umbrellas and glass screens on the Barbican.
Benjamin opened the first late licensed cocktail venue in the city centre namely the Treasury as well as the popular B-Bar, Watering Hole and Carpe Diem.His passion and support for the Barbican has seen him reside as chair of the Association of Barbican businesses for the last 6 years helping small businesses have a voice in the city and was one of the original committee of VisitPlymouth which went on to form the Plymouth Waterfront partnership.
He has also been a firm supporter and promoter of the Devon and Cornwall Food Agency directing good food destined for land fill sites to the homeless and elderly.Benjamin creates opportunities for young people offering students work experience at his venues from local secondary schools and the Real Ideas Organisation. He also mentors university students in event and hospitality management.
Advisory Board Chair
As Head of Marketing at the National Marine Aquarium, a key stakeholder in the waterfront and city, I’m passionate about creating legacy and success within the BID. Having lived and worked in the waterfront for a number of years I feel I’m well suited to combine local knowledge with Marketing and Business Strategy.
We’re known as Britain’s Ocean City because we have a world class asset, and through the BID we have further opportunity to leverage the attention and spend of domestic tourists and locals alike, as we continue the journey to create a vibrant waterfront hub.
The PWP March 2015 Progress Report shows the fantastic achievements the BID has made since 2012, and I feel personally I have a lot more to give to the lead up to 2017.