First chairman appointed at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard has appointed a familiar face as its new independent chairman.

Sunny Crouch, OBE, was the former chief officer for tourism and marketing for Portsmouth City Council.

Her career has spanned business, marketing, education, tourism, regeneration, the arts and the voluntary sector, and her appointment coincides with the launch of the dockyard’s strategy to double the amount of visitors it gets within five years, and an aim to get one million people visiting in 2023.

Sunny said: ‘It is a great honour and a privilege to have been selected as chairman of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

‘This is the first appointment of an independent chairman and a signal that the partners are determined to change the way they operate going forward.

‘There are exciting times ahead with a big year for the Mary Rose coming up, but there are also great challenges and I look forward to tackling them successfully with my colleagues on the board.

‘I enjoyed my time in Portsmouth as chief officer for tourism and marketing with the city council and am delighted to have this new opportunity to make a contribution here.’

The board includes the chief executives of The Mary Rose Trust, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust and The Warrior Preservation Trust, as well as three non-executive directors.