Meet the Trustees and Officers

Chairman and Vice Chairman



Gordon Craig, Chairman

Gordon is a retired management consultant and became Chairman in January 2018 following the retirement of John Beevor. He is currently a District Councillor, chairman of the Bristol Channel Yachting Association, RYA south west committee member and sits on a variety of local trusts and committees. He is also a keen sailor.


Derek Hughes, Vice Chairman.

Derek is an experienced shipping agent, broker and ship manager for a fleet of dry cargo vessels. He has also been involved in the establishment and operation of port facilities and the introduction of new trading routes between the west of Scotland to Ireland, England and Scotland. 

Trustees and Officers



John Christie

John is retired after a career in river pollution control.  He is on the Board for Young Enterprise, Gloucestershire and has worked with schools as a YE Business Advisor.  John is involved at a senior level with Toastmasters International.  A long-standing member of Lydney Yacht Club, John also sails in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel and trails to other sailing areas in the UK and Ireland.


Anthony Potts

Anthony is a retired accountant, who has enjoyed an extensive business and professional career, serving on four local authorities, many local charities and trusts, and has been a JP since 1984. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A keen narrow-boater, he is a past Chairman of the Gloucestershire branch of the Inland Waterways Association. Anthony brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board.


Barry Leat

A retired metallurgist, Barry is a well-known figure in the area having been dinghy and yacht sailing in the estuary and much further beyond for over fifty years. Barry is a long-standing RYA member and Yachtmaster, and is President of Thornbury Sailing Club. He remains an active member and has held a number of positions including that of Commodore.



Carl Merry

Master Mariner and Gloucester Pilot. Command experience in the short and middle sea trades; he has also served as a pilot on the East coast. As a keen yachtsman he enjoys sailing the waters of the Bristol Channel and also supports the Willow Trust as a volunteer skipper.


Nigel Vaughan

Appointed in 2016, Nigel is the most recent person to join the board.  A chartered electrical and systems engineer and former owner of a medium-sized engineering science consultancy, Nigel also enjoys sailing and recreational flying, having sailed and flown over the Severn estuary for over 30 years. Nigel is also the Designated Person, reporting on matters of Health and Safety in accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code.


Garry Strickland

Garry is the Director and General Manager of Sharpness Dock Limited which carries out the port operation at Sharpness. He is the Chairman of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board Bristol Port Welfare Committee and a member of the GFirst Local Enterprise Board Transport and Logistics Group. 


Mike Johnson

With a Merchant Navy background aboard a range of vessels world-wide, and subsequent years working as a skipper and engineer aboard large yachts, Mike joined the Trustees in 1997 and has fulfilled the role of harbourmaster for several years. He is also a Trustee.


Hazel Smith

The Trustees' Admin Officer and Clerk, Hazel joined GHT in July 2017 bringing with her a significant range of skills acquired during many years working at the top levels of local government.


Susan Hill

Susan, our Finance Officer, is an experienced AAT who works for a number of local clients and joined GHT in January 2015. When not at work, Susan is a leading light in the Gloucestershire Guiding movement and also enjoys time afloat and exploring the canal network with friends.