Commissioners

Harbour Office Opening Times

Summer
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Winter
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Harbour Master, or staff on duty, will be present on the tide during peak season (beginning of June to end of August).  For the remainder of the year (September to end of May), a VHF listening watch will be maintained.

Emergencies

For emergencies in or around the harbour and coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.  At sea, call Humber Coastguard, VHF Ch.16.

The Wells Harbour Commissioners (WHC) originated under an Act of 1663 in the 15th Year of Charles II reign, an Act for repairing and better preserving the quay, creeks, channel and landing place of the Port of Wells in the County of Norfolk.  Today, the work of the WHC is regulated by central government.  All commissioners are volunteers and receive no payment for their work.  The revenue from the services offered by the port is used entirely to finance the port’s management and development.

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Andy Frary

Born and bred in Wells, a fisherman since 1975, Andy ran Wells' first commercial crab boat from 1980. He now owns a local business and is committed to preserving the fishing industry of Wells. Commissioner since January 2009. Appointed Chair in January 2018.
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Mel Catton

A Wells businessman and resident for 50 years and Chairman of the Carnival Committee for 25 years. Mel is passionate about keeping Wells as an idyllic seaside resort while recognising the need for change to allow the town to move forward.
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Robert Ellis

Moved to Wells in 1976 as a Police Constable and Sergeant, serving the community for 30 years, and was heavily involved in the 1978 floods and the aftermath. A member of Wells Sailing Club and recreational harbour user and boat owner since 1978.
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Nicholas Groom

From a long standing Wells family, Nicholas is semi-retired from an operations management position with a national Telecoms company. He now runs Wells Harbour Tours, and has experience of operations and construction. Appointed in January 2018.
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Denys Hickey

Denys has over 40 years experience as a maritime lawyer in cases involving ports and offshore construction, with experience of dredging and port safety. He has been a senior partner in a London law firm and, more recently, a barrister and maritime arbitrator. Appointed January 2018.
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Avril Lill

Avril runs a successful B & B in Wells, but previously held a senior position in IT providing experience in project and stakeholder management, business change and corporate social responsibility. She is also Wells NCI watch keeper, Yacht Master and a member of BDMLR specialising in seal rescue. Appointed January 2018
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Brian Riches

Brian held a project management position in the energy market prior to setting up a sea angling business in 1997, which he has now passed over to his son. Brian has a passion for fishing and enjoys being on the water. He was appointed in January 2017.
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Kevin Theobald

Kevin has been working in the lighting design profession for over 40 years, serving as a board member and latterly president of its representative international association. He is a Wells resident and leisure sailor with a keen interest in the future of the town and its port.
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Chris Thomson

Chris spent over thirty years working as a solicitor, and was involved in contracts, HR, governance and ethics. He lives in Wells and sails, and works, in the harbour. Appointed as a commissioner in January 2017.
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Ashley Mullenger

Ashley is not a resident however, as Wells’ only commercial fisherwoman, working aboard one of the harbour fishing fleet, the vast majority of her time is spent in the harbour or out at sea. Appointed January 2020.
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Josh Danziger

Josh has lived in Burnham Overy Staithe since 2012. Retiring from a career in finance he now has more time to enjoy sailing his 37’ sailing smack built in 1892, which is kept in Wells. He was appointed as a commissioner in March 2020.