Dick Welsh has been appointed as the new Isle of Man Commissioner (non-executive director) of the Northern Lighthouse Board, the general lighthouse authority responsible for Scottish and Manx waters.
Mr Welsh, who was awarded an MBE in the January 2020 Honors List for service to the maritime community on the Isle of Man and around the world, will serve for a three-year term, from 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2025.
Mike Bullock, Managing Director of the Northern Lighthouse Board, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Dick to the NLB. From a Merchant Navy Cadet to a serving Engineering Officer and most recently as Director of the Isle of Man Register of Ships, Dick’s impressive career at sea and in leadership positions ashore means that he will be a wonderful addition to our Board of Commissioners.
“This is a unique role that offers the opportunity to contribute to the strategic leadership and governance of NLB, in providing an essential safety service to all seafarers.”
Commenting on his appointment to the NLB, Dick Welsh said: “I am incredibly fortunate to be appointed Isle of Man Commissioner for the Northern Lighthouse Board. I’m really looking forward to getting involved and becoming a valuable board member.
“I had a long association with the NLB lights. As a boy, I spent summers in Langness where a family friend had been a caretaker. That association went further when I dated the daughter of “a keeper of Langness. When posted to Muckle Flugga I spent 3 glorious weeks there one summer and visited the lighthouse. Even today I often spend time at Langness, Point of Ayre or fishing at Chicken’s Rock.
As Commissioner, Mr. Welsh will help provide non-executive leadership, challenge, oversight and support to the management team through regular board and committee meetings, as well as participating visits to NLB operational sites across Scotland and the Isle of Man.
The appointment will take effect from June 1, 2022.