The Commissioners

The Teignmouth Harbour Revision Order empowers the Commission to discharge its duties and responsibilities and defines the range of skills and experience required in appointing its Commissioners.

Each Commissioner appointed shall be a person who appears to the Commissioners to have special knowledge, experience or ability appropriate to the efficient, effective and economic discharge by the Commissioners of their functions including in particular special knowledge, experience or ability in one or more of the following matters:

  • The ports industry;
  • Maritime and commercial activities;
  • Local public service;
  • Boating, tourism and other leisure activities;
  • Environmental matters;
  • Finance, legal and administration;
  • Any other skills and matters considered relevant from time to time by the Commissioners in order for them to discharge their functions. “

Commissioners are appointed for a three year term and can serve a total of three terms apart from the Chair who can serve four. All are unpaid appointments.


Karen Dalton-Fyfe

Chief Executive and HM

Karen joined THC in 2021 following almost 25 years in the Royal Navy, Commanding a number of specialist Hydrographic Ships. After a life at sea she moved ashore to be with her family, working within the MOD and FCDO in London. A Masters graduate of KCL London, with a Level 7 Diploma in strategic leadership and management as well as a civil and commercial mediator, Karen is keen to support THC in developing and fulfilling its ambitions for the future.

Sue Astbury


Sue joined the board in 2013 and is currently serving as an Anglican Priest in Teignmouth. 20 years in engineering and management in defence industry, latterly as Managing Director and UK Vice President of a global Inertial Products Business. Sailed, rowed and fished on the Teign Estuary for nearly 50 years.

Dan Hallett

Vice Chair

Joining the board in 2019, Dan grew up near Newton Abbot before going to University and joining the Royal Navy. Now pursuing a civilian career, Dan joined Teignmouth Harbour Commission to support the environmental sustainability and economic development of the estuary. Dan lives in Shaldon with his wife and two sons and enjoys getting out on the water on his SUP.

Vic Weston


Joining the Board in 2016, following retirement after 37 years teaching Design & Technology. Vic has lived in Teignmouth since 1968, an active member of Teign Corinthian Yacht Club since 1970 and has enjoyed sailing and boating on the river Teign for over 50 years. RYA Yacht Master Offshore, Sailing Dinghy Instructor and Power Boat Certified.

Jude Chilvers


Jude joined THC in 2019, a Teignmouth Fisherman, Ex ABP Teignmouth employee, Member of Teignmouth RNLI for 16 years including crew and helm and a former member of the River Teign Rowing Club. Teignmouth is her home and she cares deeply about the town, the harbour and the estuary

Joanne Sparks


Joanne joined the Board in 2020, a Teignmouth native she grew up locally with close links to the fishing community. Jo studied at Southampton University and gained a degree in Geology and Oceanography BSc. She enjoys open water swimming in the waters around Teignmouth. Her main focus on the commission is to help secure a sustainable future for the harbour particularly from an environmental perspective.

Mark Tipper


Mark Joined the board in 2020. He co-owns three local companies delivering holistic financial planning, ethical investing, long term care planning, auto enrolment and trust work. Mark lives in Teignmouth with his family and is passionate about sustainable environments which stems from his degree in Landscape Architecture and time as head gardener at The West Midlands Safari Park.

Derek Davis


Derek joined THC in 2021 following retirement as a Police Diving Supervisor and Marine Unit Coxwain, currently a member of the Unit Management team Teign Valley Sea Cadets and Deputy Launching Authority at Teignmouth RNLI.

Tom Batchelor


Tom joined the Board in 2021. He grew up on the South Coast where he spent most of his time out on the water and gaining a life for the sea. This led his decision to join the Merchant Navy where he spent 8 years at sea, predominantly on cruise vessels and, before coming ashore in 2016 to start a family. Tom joined ABP in 2018 as the Deputy Harbourmaster and Pilotage Manager covering 5 ports in South Wales before moving into the role of Port Manager South West in May 2020.

Tim Cox


Tim joined THC in 2013 and runs a successful and growing watersport business in Teignmouth. He is the Centre Principal of Sea Sports South West, an RYA and BCU recognised seasport training and recreation center with an AALA license. He has a long history working in the watersports industry and has a number of qualifications including: Windsurfing Advanced Plus instructor & Intermediate Trainer, Senior Sailing instructor, Advanced Dinghy Instructor.

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