Wells Harbour Personnel

Harbour Staff


Harbour Master Robert Smith MBE Robert Smith MBE, Harbour Master
Harbour Administrator Louise De Lisle Louise De Lisle, Harbour Administrator
Deputy Harbour Master Michael Frary Michael Frary, Deputy Harbour Master
Deputy Harbour Master Simon Blakeley Simon Blakeley, Deputy Harbour Master
Deputy Harbour Master Fred Whitaker Fred Whitaker, Deputy Harbour Master
Harbour Services Graham Riseborough Graham Risborough, Harbour Services
Administrative Assistant Sallyann Retchless Sallyann Retchless, Adiminstrative Assistant
Long-reach excavator driver Bob Hull Bob Hull, Kari Hege excavator driver
Frank-T Skipper Tony Ford Tony Ford, Frank-T Skipper
Frank-T Crew Chas Major Chas Major, Frank-T Crew

Wells Harbour Commissioners


The Wells Harbour Commissioners 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.

Joan Price Joan Price - Chairman
A Wells resident Joan has enjoyed using the Harbour for over 40 years. Before retiring she worked as a teacher and now manages holiday lets. First appointed in Jan 2011, Vice Chair Jan 2014 and Chair in Jan 2016.
Paula Baldry Paula Baldry
lives in Wells running a holiday let, using the Harbour to sail, kayak and swim. Paula has a background in outdoor pursuits and educational management, is a member of WSC and the Carnival Committee. Appointed January 2012.
Alan Bushell Alan Bushell
is a resident of Wells and has sailed in the harbour since 1972. He retired as Deputy Harbour Master in 2007. Alan was a member of the Wells RNLI operations committee and is a committee member and watchkeeper with the NCI at Wells.
Mel Catton Mel Catton
has been a Wells businessman and resident for 50 years, and was 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.
Robert Ellis 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.
Andy Frary Andy Frary
was born and bred in Wells. A fisherman since 1975, he ran Wells' first commercial crab boat from 1980 with his brother. He is the owner of a local business and is committed to preserving the fishing industry of Wells. He was appointed as a Commissioner in January 2009.
Brian Riches Brian Riches
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 Jan 2017.
Chris Thomson Chris Thomson
has used the harbour for over ten years, initially as a windsurfer/kayaker and more recently as a sailor. Chris has been a solicitor since 1986 involved in contracts, projects, risk management, HR, governance and ethics. Appointed in Jan 2017.
Adrian Underwood Adrian Underwood
A life in boarding education. Held post of National Director, Boarding Schools' Association, now lead Inspector of schools. Appointed OBE in Jan 2007 for services to education. Adrian is a Wells resident and small boat sailor. Commissioner 2007-2012. Re-appointed 2016.
Duncan Vaughan Duncan Vaughan
was appointed a Harbour Commissioner from 1st January 2016. Duncan lives on the North Norfolk Coast and keeps a sailing vessel in Wells. Duncan is a professional mariner and advises the government as a fisheries and environmental specialist.