The work to buy the port of Dover for the community is led by the People's Port Community Trust Limited ("People's Port Trust"). The directors are:

Sir Patrick Sheehy (President)

Sir Patrick joined BAT in 1950 and after various senior appointments in a variety of different countries, became Chairman and Chief Executive of BAT in the mid 1970s. Sir Patrick has also served on the boards of a number of major international companies as a director, was Chair of the  Home office inquiry into police responsibility and rewards and has been awarded the Chevalier de La Legion D'Honneur (France) 1995.

Pat Sherratt

Pat was a senior manager within the ferry industry. He was responsible for commercial, service planning, sales and marketing responsibilities, including a period in Dover from 1985 to 1991. Pat set up his own business in 1999 as a consultant within the transport and tourism industry including specialist tour operating.

Prior to retirement Chartered Member of Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Since retiring in 2007, Pat devotes his time to working for the local community and is now Chairman, Friends of Dover Castle, an Executive Committee Member of The Dover Society, Tourism Advisor to Dover Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer for the National Trust

Peter Garstin (Chair)

For nearly 30 years, Peter was an investment banker.

In his career he worked for banks in Manchester, London, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai. Latterly Peter was chief trader then GM Treasury & Investment, Saudi British Bank (an HSBC subsidiary). He was then Director Middle East Sales at BZW (nowadays Barclays Capital) based in London, and Middle East Treasurer for Barclays PLC, covering sales, trading and funding operations across the region, based in Dubai.

Peter now lives in Eythorne and runs The Mash Tun micropub in Dover with his wife.

He combines a rare double in understanding high finance and beer.

David Foley

David is Chief Executive of the Dover District Chamber of Commerce.

David has worked in East Kent businesses for many years and also serves as: Chief Executive of Thanet and East Kent Chamber Ltd, a director of Thanet Works, Industrial Professor at Thanet College, a director of Academy FM radio station, Editor of the Thanet and East Kent Insider, President and Founder of the Dover Arts Festival. In amongst this, David finds time to be a member of the Academy for Chief Executives, the DWP working group on pension reform and serve as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce.

David has also worked in the transport industry both in the UK and overseas and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Cllr Bob Markham

Bob is a former Mayor of Dover and Labour councillor on the Town Council, serving the people of Tower Hamlets.

He still lives in Dover and has a long track record of fighting for improvements to Dover and our seafront.

Algy Cluff

Algy has been a high level businessman and chief executive for many years. Originally involved, through his company Cluff Oil, in opening up the North Sea to oil exploration and production, Algy, a former Officer in the Grenadier Guards, has gone on to be involved in the mining industry for more than 30 years through his companies Cluff Mining and Cluff Gold. He was Chairman of the Spectator for 25 years and is currently Chair and Chief Executive of Cluff Gold. He is also a Trustee of the Anglo-Hong Kong Trust, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chairman of the War Memorials Trust, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute.


Charlie Elphicke MP

Charlie is the Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal (Conservative). Charlie is passionate about more jobs and money locally.

A tax lawyer and expert on the public finances, Charlie advised Shadow Chancellors for the past decade before being elected to Parliament in the May 2010 General Election.

Charlie is also a research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and has published numerous papers on pensions and poverty related issues.

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Dover People's Port Trust Limited
c/o Dover Chamber of Commerce, Chasing Mackerel Business Centre
Stonewood Road
Kent CT12 2FG

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