Current Board of the Looe Harbour Commissioners
Mr M Soady
Mike was born in West Looe and still lives there. He was educated at Liskeard Grammar School and Devonport College and served 2 years National Service in the Corps of Royal Military Police. He is a retired 5th Generation Looe Fisherman. On retirement, he became Managing Director of Looe Fish Limited, later Looe Fuels Limited from 1988 to 2008.
He first joined LHC on 17 April 1971 and became the youngest Chairman since 1848, aged 36, on 3 November 1973. He retired on 1st November 1990, after serving, 19 years; 16 years as Chairman. He was then recalled to the Board in July 1999 and elected Chairman on 1 November 2010, being the oldest Chairman since 1848.Mike has also served two terms on and East Looe Town Trust and as a Town Councillor for West Looe.
Mr D Peat
David lives in Looe and has a business based in Liskeard.As a Mooring holder he has been a Commissioner for five years and is on the works and staff committees.
Mr A Toms
Armand is the Cornwall Councillor for Looe East and St Martins ward of Cornwall Council, a Looe Town Councillor and a trustee with Looe Development Trust. A Commissioner since 2001 and a previous Chairman, he enjoys being involved with the harbour having been a fisherman for 25 years working as a Crew and Skipper and Owner of a trawler from the port. ‘The harbour is the most important part of Looe’s economy providing good local jobs and the main attraction for the thousands of visitors who come to Looe each year, many to see a working fishing port’.
Mr J Bussell
Joe was born in West Looe in 1944 and married in 1967 with three sons. He has been a Commissioner since 1991. Joe has worked and lived in Looe all of his life. He is a qualified Boat builder with Curtis and Pape, West Quarries. Started fishing out of Looe in 1968 until 1988. He then went ashore to work on the quay with the fish until he retired in 2009.His hobbies include remote control model boats and spending time with his wife and grandsons.
Mr J Penhaligon
Born in Truro, Jeff has lived in Looe for 40 years. Jeff’s seagoing career started in the Royal Navy in 1967, where he spent most of the time in conventional class submarines, before retiring from the Navy in 1993. He then worked at Falmouth Boat Construction, refitting RNLI Lifeboats and operating them on sea trials. He was offered the post of Harbour Master on the Isles of Scilly and spent ten years in St Mary’s before returning to Looe to take up the post of Harbour Master in 2005, taking over from Ted Webb, and retiring in September 2016.
Mr P Greenwood
Born in Looe in 1947, Paul attended the local schools, leaving at 15. He went to sea aged 16 and completed 26 years commercial fishing broken by three years sailing as bosun on the sail training schooner ‘Malcolm Miller’ This was followed by 14 years charter work on the lugger ‘Ibis’, shark fishing and diving as well as visiting Brittany, the Channel Isles and Ireland. Paul is author of two books about his experiences as a fisherman. Now retired, he and his wife Maggie spend their summers sailing their lugger ‘Erin’.
Mr D Bond
Born in Looe, Dave has fished from Looe for over 36 years. This is his sixth term as a Commissioner. He is also Chairman of the South West Handline Association and Vice Chairman of Looe Fishermen’s Protection Agency.
Prof. J Graham-Jones
Jasper Lives in East Looe with his wife Elke and 4 daughters. He has grown up next to the sea all his life, starting in Selsey Bill, and then Hayling Island and now Looe. He has been a volunteer RNLI crew member since 1999 and a volunteer member of Looe Coastguard since 2011.
During the day he is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Marine Engineering at Plymouth University. He teaches Marine Engineering, Boat design, and manufacturing. He has 40 publications and a book on Marine Composites. His hobbies include sailing, motor boating, Kayaking, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his wife and kids. In his spare time, he has rebuilt many different yachts and boats, including an 8m Telstar Trimaran yacht and 18ft hardy navigator.
Mr M Darlington
Born in Plymouth in 1940. Mike’s family came to Looe in 1941 after losing their house in the war. On leaving school he served an apprenticeship with Curtis & Pape as a boat builder. He married his wife Sue in 1961. A Looe maid, she still will not let Mike be Cornish! They have two children and five grandsons; they all love the sea. Mike joined the crew of Our Daddy, skipper A. J. Pengelly, in the mid sixties. With summers spent working 18 ft ferry boats that he built he started a sailing business in 1984 with a 1920 St. Ives gig that Sue and Mike converted back to sail – The Deu Kerens. They successfully sailed her until the year 2000 when Sue retired. They brought ‘Our Daddy’ back to Looe and continued chartering to Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and Brittany. Having worked their businesses from the harbour for 45 years Mike has joined the Board, in November 2013, to ‘hopefully put something back.’
Mike joined the crew of Our Daddy, skipper A. J. Pengelly, in the mid sixties. With summers spent working 18 ft ferry boats that he built he started a sailing business in 1984 with a 1920 St. Ives gig that Sue and Mike converted back to sail – The Deu Kerens. They successfully sailed her until the year 2000 when Sue retired. They brought ‘Our Daddy’ back to Looe and continued chartering to Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and Brittany. Having worked their businesses from the harbour for 45 years Mike has joined the Board, in November 2013, to ‘hopefully put something back.’
Mr M Toms
Mally is a local fisherman, who lives in West Looe. He has been a Commissioner for many years.
Ms T Hicks
Chief Executive / Harbour Master
Born in Polperro, Tina joined the Commission in 2000 as Clerk to the Commissioners. Having worked in public practice Accountancy for some 13 years prior to this, she then became Chief Executive in 2004. She continues to update her training associated with her role and in November 2009 she successfully passed her Diploma for Harbour Master’s, with distinction.
A large part of Tina’s role is to secure Grant Funding for capital projects around the Harbour. A sum in excess of £3 million has been secured from Objective 1 and European Fisheries Funds in the past few years. The most recent projects being the demolition of the Ex-Marine Co building and the construction of Fish Processing Unit 6, the new Quayside Centre in West Looe and the Old Sardine Factory.