Captain Mark Cooper is appointed as Dartmouth's New Harbour Master

Captain Cooper is the new Harbourmaster and CEO of Dart Harbour Authority.

Captain Cooper Dart HarbourCaptain Cooper has had extensive maritime experience including nuclear submarine command and is also a keen sailor. He joins Dart Harbour from the Royal Navy where he has had a highly successful career with extensive experience in nuclear command, navigation, training, and project and people management.  Highlights from his career in the Royal Navy include navigating a diesel, a nuclear and then a ballistic nuclear submarine before Commanding HMS TORBAY. He also served as Commander Submarine Sea Training and as the Director of the Royal Naval Submarine School.  Latterly he has held the position of NATO Strategic Command Transformation – Defence Planning Policy Analysis Branch Head in Norfolk Virginia. 

Captain Cooper is no stranger to Dart Harbour having attended Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth for his officers’ training in 1983/4.

“This was a perfect opportunity to return to Dartmouth,” he said. “I have many fond memories of the area from my time at the Naval College and am excited to have this opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful location.  I’m looking forward to working with the board, staff and stakeholder groups to ensure that the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority continues to deliver a safe and efficient customer service and achieves their vision for the future.”

Chairman of Dart Harbour, Neil Hockaday, welcomed the appointment.

“Mark brings a wealth of international and maritime experience to our river and will help move the Authority into a new era, building on the stated needs of our customers and stakeholders.

“We had many quality applicants but we felt Mark’s experience and expertise was a perfect match.”

Captain Cooper was chosen after a rigorous interview process that took place over two days, coordinated by former Salcombe Harbourmaster and Dart Harbour board member, Ian Gibson. Dart Harbour staff and stakeholders participated in several elements of the process.

Captain Cooper will formally take up his new role in January 2017.

28 Oct 2016

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