Shaping Portsmouth announces two new Co-Chairs of their Board of Directors

We at Shaping Portsmouth are very pleased to announce the new Co-Chairs of our Board of Directors, Simon Barrable and Mark Waldron.

Simon Barrable has spent 25 years working in post-16 education, including three years as Principal at Portsmouth College. He has recently been confirmed as Principal of City of Portsmouth College, formed by the merger between Portsmouth College and Highbury College.

Mark Waldron has been editor of The News in Portsmouth since 2007, returning to his hometown after working around the country as a reporter, and three years as editor of the Swindon Advertiser.

Shaping Co-Chairs Simon Barrable (left) and Mark Waldron (right), and CEO Stef Nienaltowski (centre)

Simon and Mark are taking over from previous Co-Chairs Neil Chapman and Colin Wilding who stepped down at the end of last year, having led the board since it was formed in 2016.

Simon said “I’m delighted and honoured to be appointed as the Co-Chair of Shaping Portsmouth. Shaping is going from strength to strength and it’s an exciting time to join this talented and dedicated team. We will all be working hard to transform Portsmouth together.”

Mark said “I’m passionate about Portsmouth and proud of what we do at The News in celebrating all that is great about the city. This is also the mindset of Shaping Portsmouth and I am honoured to be officially joining Stef, the board of directors, the team and all those who give up their time and expertise for free.

“So much great work has already been achieved and there are many more exciting opportunities ahead as Shaping continues to bring people together to drive our great waterfront city to further success.”

Shaping CEO Stef Nienaltowski adds “It is with a significant deal of excitement and pleasure that I welcome Mark and Simon to their new roles as Co-Chairs of the Shaping Portsmouth Board of Directors. In working with both Neil Chapman and Colin Wilding over the past four years in their role of joint Chairs, the model proved to work and hence we have kept the same one in place.

“Simon and Mark bring different skill sets to the role and both are equally committed to make Portsmouth a better place to invest, live, learn, work and visit. I am eager to get started with their support, advice, and guidance on how we can achieve everything we want for our City.

“Please do welcome these two outstanding individuals to this Co-Chair role and I hope you get to meet and discuss Portsmouth’s opportunities with them over the coming months.”