BEMBRIDGE Harbour Trust has appointed two new trustees — one of whom is a former Isle of Wight Council leader.

St Helens resident Jonathan Bacon, formerly the Island Independent council leader, has also served on parish councils and as a school governor.

The chair of the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bembridge Community Library and St Helens Sports and Carnival Committee, he is also a trustee of the Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust, Isle Access and the Isle of Wight Law Centre.

He is joined by fellow new trustee Norman Marshall, who has a background in teaching, management consultancy and finance.

The treasurer of the Tooting Labour Party and a London magistrate, he coaches young teachers and social entrepreneurs.

He has a home in St Helens and is a member of Bembridge Sailing Club.

The trust is a charity founded in 2007 to protect and enhance Bembridge Harbour.

Current trustee Michael MacInnes, who helped set up the trust, said he intended to step down at its forthcoming AGM. He will remain on board as a patron.

Jeremy Gully, chair of Bembridge Harbour Trust, said: “The trustees will miss Michael’s input. He has made an enormous contribution as the trust seeks to further the harbour’s interests for the benefit of all.

"We are all extremely glad that the harbour is not losing his drive and wisdom.”

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.