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Investors in People

Mark Howarth

Managing Director

Mark has lived on the North Cornish coast for many years, joined the Board in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has been in the transport business for 50 years, working in both the UK and overseas. He set up his own bus company, Western Greyhound, in 1997 to revitalise bus operations in Cornwall which grew rapidly and was renowned for its good quality. He sold the business in 2013. Mark spent many years on the Council of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), additionally chairing the South West Region liaising with local authorities, the Government and Ministers whilst also chairing the Newquay Cornwall Airport Forum for many years. Mark is currently an International Transport Consultant currently working on projects in Indonesia for the Australian Government, and is also involved in farming in South Africa.



Stuart Reid

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Stuart joined Isles of Scilly Steamship Group as Chief Financial Officer in July 2013 and appointed as a Board director in June 2015. Originally from Mullion, Stuart graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Stuart has previously worked as Financial Controller at Smart Solutions Recruitment, one of Wales fastest growing companies. Stuart now lives in St Buryan and is also a governor at St Buryan Academy Primary School.


Andrew May


Andrew joined the Board in 1992. He worked in Lincolnshire and London before returning to St Mary’s where he now farms and is involved, with his wife Juliet, in a number of diversified businesses. He is also the Chairman and a founder Director of Mainland Marketing Ltd, Chairman of the Cornwall Agri-food Council, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Rural and Farming Network and Vice Chairman of the Rural Cornwall Partnership.  He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society, England, during the last year. He is the Chairman of the Group’s Nominations and Remuneration Committees.


Peter Hardaker

Vice Chairman

Peter joined the Board in 2003. He has worked in the Agricultural and land based industries for all of his working life, the last 34 years of full time employment being in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He is a governor of The Cornwall College Group and a Director of Kernow Grain Ltd and a Council Member of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association. He is Chair of the Group’s Audit Committee and sits on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.




Diccon Rogers

Diccon joined the Board in 2013. From a St Mary’s farming family, he worked in business consultancy in central London in parallel with founding his own marine and construction contracting businesses in Scilly and mainland UK. Co-founding Keynvor Morlift Ltd in 2008, he continues the company’s expansion of marine activity across subsea and surface marine construction, heavy lift, towage, salvage, and project cargo, with a particular focus on marine renewable energy. He has served as a trustee of two Scillonian charities and is currently a Steering Board director of the South West Marine Energy Park. He lives in Scilly and Falmouth.

Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks is from a longstanding St Agnes family. He was educated in Scilly, and then graduated from the University of Bath in 2001 with a BSc Hons in Business Administration. He worked in various commercial management roles on the mainland before returning home to help grow the family business. Together with his wife and parents he manages Troytown Farm dairy, self-catering cottages and campsite. Fully engaged in the local community, Sam is Watch Manager of the island fire service, a coastguard officer, captain of the cricket team and a member of the Shah gig crew. He has three children at the Five Islands school.




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