Appointed as MD of Griffon Hoverwork in April 2009 and tasked with developing the hovercraft manufacturer on behalf of the Bland Group. The company now has more than 180 craft in operation with 64 military, commercial and rescue service customers in 41 countries across the globe. This includes a single order for 12 large hovercraft for the Indian Coast Guard and the largest craft built in UK since 1980 for the Korean Coastguard. After relocating into Southampton premises, the company exceeded £30m in turnover, won the Queens Award for Export and the National Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award.
Previously in operations appointments in the retail and healthcare sectors after serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers including front line command with the Royal Marines. Trained at the UK Defence Staff College and a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer; he studied an Aeronautics Astronautics BSc at Southampton and a Defence Technology MSc at Cranfield.
He lives in Winchester, UK with his children, George, India and Harry.
Chris Ward is Portsmouth City Council’s statutory Chief Financial Officer. He has a duty to secure the proper administration of the Council’s financial affairs in all of its dealings as well as holding a fiduciary responsibility to local taxpayers and a duty to act in the public interest at all times. Chris is responsible for the Council’s overall financial strategy and for overseeing the Council’s £700m budget.
He has worked for the Council for 15 years, rising to his current position in September 2011. Before this, Chris spent 10 years with responsibility for Corporate Finance, Accountancy, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable and throughout that period has been involved in, or been the financial lead, in almost every major project of the City Council. He is also a Director of MMD Limited, a fruit importing business which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City Council.
Mark Waldron has been editor of The News in Portsmouth since September 2007. It marked a return to his 'home town' paper as he grew up just outside the city and started his journey in to journalism through work experience at The News and by taking the NCTJ's pre-entry course at nearby Highbury College.
Mark's career has taken him from the Aldershot News and Mail to the Sunday Sun in Melbourne (during 12 months living in Australia), the Hull Daily Mail and the South Wales Echo in Cardiff, where he made the journey from district news editor to deputy editor.
He sealed his first editor's post at the Swindon Advertiser in May 2004, where he worked until the move to The News.
Lyn has over 40 years extensive banking knowledge. Most of which has been focused in Small and Medium businesses. Lyn has built up and maintained excellent customer relationships becoming a trusted adviser in all industry sectors and developed skills in risk analysis, sale of business products and services and developing the market place.