CHARLIE WARD (Buoyage & Infrastructure)

07771 597 985

Charlie has sailed in Blakeney Harbour since he was four years old. From apprentice boatbuilder at age 16 he started his own boatbuilding business at 19 which amongst many other types of vessel developed and built the ‘Norfolk’ range of yachts and dayboats. The business has been based at Morston for the last 20 years. He was employed by Statoil Norway to manage building and dredging work at Wells for the wind farm and has been a Commissioner at Wells Harbour. Charlie is owner and skipper of the sailing barge Juno.

GREG COOPER (Hon. Treasurer)

07771 945 056

Greg retired to North Norfolk following an international business career in 2013, bought himself an Oyster and now sails on the harbour as well as being a volunteer wildlife ranger for the National Trust on the nature reserve. He is also currently Treasurer of Holt Rotary and brings expertise in dealing with both the Charity Commission and HMRC.

He lives with his wife Jan in Holt and has two grown up children who both visit the harbour regularly to enjoy its tranquillity and recharge their batteries

NEIL THOMPSON (Environment)

07929 181 138

Neil undoubtedly has his anchor firmly deployed in Blakeney – even though he has just moved his business, Neil Thompson Boats, to Wells after many years at Glandford. He lives in Blakeney with his young family and both his sister and his wife can be found at the boatyard! We expect to see no less of him in Blakeney Harbour. He is an active parish councillor, BHA representative on the Coastal Community Team as well as being very involved in local charity.

JASON BEAN (Trustee)

07972 148 776

Jason has lived in the area all his life, his family have been involved in Blakeney Harbour for over 100 years and has seen many changes!

He works in the family ‘seal trip’ business which has been running in the harbour for over 70 years. Apart from skippering one of the ferries he also works at Hewitt's boatyard at Stiffkey, building and maintaining boats, he loves boats and the sea! especially Blakeney Harbour and is very passionate about keeping it the way it is ‘natural and un-spoilt’! He became a member of BHA in the early years and is keen to support it to help keep the harbour safe and enjoyable for all.


James lives in Blakeney with his wife Victoria and four children. They have run Norfolketc for 10 years and provide sailing, powerboating, water sports courses and experiences for all ages. The family have an infectious love for Blakeney Harbour and are out on the water whenever time allows with frequent adventures and nights sleeping on the boat.


Sarah was born and brought up on a farm in West Norfolk and started sailing at 19 years old in Burnham Overy Staithe.  She quickly moved her boat to Blakeney and spent most of her early twenties burning up and down the pit in Dart catamarans.  She qualified as a sailing instructor and then progressed to “big boats” taking her Coastal Skipper and sailing round the Cape of Good Hope and across the Atlantic.  She currently lives in Morston with her daughter Alice and runs a business organising Country Fairs at Holkham & Chatsworth.  The harbour and its surroundings are enormously important to her.



Membership and Fundraising Committee

Chair:  Sarah Green

Members: Heather Harrison, Rosie Edgington, Linda Millett, John Walton, Hannah Kelsey.

Buoyage, Infrastructure and Maintenance Committee

Chair:  Charlie Ward - - 07771597985

Members:  John Walton, James Cowan, Henry Archer

Environment Committee

Chair:  Neil Thompson - - 07929181138

Members: Charlie Ward, John Walton, National Trust Representative (TBA)

Audit Committee

Chair:  Greg Cooper - - 07771945056

Members: Peter Roe

Harbour Warden Committee

Chair:  Jason Bean - - 07972 148 776


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