A senior figure who has served the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company with distinction for more than 20 years is to stand down next spring.
Robert Quayle, who has been chairman since 2008 and a director of the Company for over two decades, will retire from the board on 31st March, 2020.
Well-respected by colleagues ashore and afloat, Mr Quayle has overseen a number of changes during his tenure, including the acquisition of the Company by the Manx government last year.
He said: ‘It has been a privilege to serve this great Company over a fascinating period in its long history. I have witnessed a number of changes of ownership during that time but the Company has continued to provide a consistent and reliable service to the Island community throughout.
‘I have enjoyed working with my very committed Board colleagues, particularly the executive team ably led by Mark Woodward, who have carried on the work started by the late Hamish Ross.
‘However, it is the men and women, both mariners and shore-based, who keep the Island’s lifeline open during often challenging conditions, who deserve the community’s thanks.
‘I shall miss my involvement but, as we sail into the hopefully calmer waters of public ownership, it is time for me to hand over the helm to others. I wish the Company well as it enters the decade culminating in its 200th Anniversary.’
Chief Executive Mark Woodward said Mr Quayle had played a much-valued role in the proud history of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
‘The diligent and efficient manner in which Robert has served us, both as chairman and as a director, is admired by many inside and outside of the Company. He has not only discharged his duties and responsibilities in a professional manner but always strived to put the interests of the Island first.
‘On behalf of the Steam Packet Company, I’d like to place on record our gratitude for his long service and acknowledge the fine contribution he has made.’