Chair appointed to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the appointment of Stanley McIlvenny as the new Chair to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Commissioners (WHA).

The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that WHA complies with all relevant statutory or administrative requirements including requirements in respect of the use of public funds.

Mr McIlvenny will take up this first appointment to the Board on the 1 October 2015 for four years until 30 September 2019.

Danny Kennedy said: “I congratulate Stanley McIlvenny on his appointment to this important post. He has an excellent track record in business and extensive experience in the management of harbours, most recently as Chief Executive for the Port of Waterford.

“I am confident that with his wealth of experience, combined with his strong leadership, consensus building and communication skills, he will add tremendous value to the work of the Commissioners in the years ahead.”

Paying tribute to the current Chair, Peter Fitzsimmons, the Minister, said: “Peter will continue to make valued contributions to the success of Warrenpoint Port during the remainder of his four year tenure and I take this opportunity to place on record my thanks to him for his leadership and commitment.”

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice.


1. Warrenpoint is a Public Trust Port. The Port was established in 1971 and, in general cargo terms, is the second port in Northern Ireland and the fifth on the island of Ireland. Warrenpoint is one of Northern Ireland’s main commercial ports, serving a hinterland which includes the southern part of Northern Ireland and the northern part of the Republic of Ireland. The Port’s geographic position constitutes a major strategic advantage located half way on the main strategic network of the Belfast to Dublin economic corridor.

2. There are currently ten members of the Authority, including the Chairman, Chief Executive, the Finance Director and three members of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The Chair of WHA currently receives remuneration of £20,833 per annum based on anticipated attendance of four business days per month.

3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Stanley McIlvenny has declared that he is not involved in any political activities.

4. Stanley McIlvenny has a wealth of experience in the management of harbours over 20 years, as Chief Executive of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners from 1990 to 2002 and, from 2003 to date, as the CEO and Company Secretary for the Port of Waterford. He will officially step down from this position on taking up the post of Chair of WHA. He is currently Chair of Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone, Wales (2014 to date). He does not hold any other public appointments.