The board of Wick Harbour Authority is committed to incorporating the standards and objectives set out within Modern Trust Ports for Scotland, Guidance for Good Governance (available at https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/29818/j249946.pdf) (“Guide“) .
As set out in the Guide, all board members of Wick Harbour Authority should adhere to the following guiding principles in the conduct of Wick Harbour Authority business.
A trust port is an independent statutory body. All board members are appointed to act independently in the best interests of the trust port and all of its stakeholders both present and future.
Board members are accountable for their decisions and actions to all stakeholders of the trust port, and should submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Board members should be as open as possible with all with all stakeholders about the decisions and actions they take. They should publicise the reasons for their decisions and restrict information only to the extent that matters of commercial or personal (personnel) confidentiality are involved.
Board members should take decisions solely in terms of the interest of stakeholders of the trust port. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family and friends or any group or organisation with whom they are associated.
Board members should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out trust port business, including making appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, board members should make choices on merit.
Board members have a duty to declare any private interests which might influence their trust port duties, and to take steps to resolve any conflict arising, in a way that protects the interests of stakeholders of the trust port.
Board members should promote and support these principles (and ensure that they are adopted by fellow board members) by leadership and through example.
The Board 2023 -2024
Robert Silverwood – Chair
Shona Kirk – Vice Chair
Ian Cormack – Harbour Master
Hugh Simpson – Board Member
John Mackay – Board Member
William Munro – Board Member
Anna MacConnell – Board Member