Daryl Palmer has joined Wightlink as Operations Director. He began his career as an apprentice engineer in Yorkshire then spent 20 years with Royal Mail and 11 years at Heathrow Airport in roles including Head of Operations in Terminals 1, 2 and 5.

“I am joining the company at a significant time,” he says. “Wightlink’s £45million investment in a new ship and port improvements is well on track and we are forging ahead with ambitious plans to benefit visitors and Islanders alike.”

“I want to work with colleagues to make sure our customers have a great experience, right from the moment they book with us. It needs to be part of our DNA,” he says.

During his first few weeks at Wightlink, Daryl will be shadowing several key colleagues at terminals and on board ships to learn more about ferry operations in detail.

Daryl believes Wightlink’s initiative with Isle of Wight companies to showcase locally produced and supplied goods through its Wight Taste outlets will help boost the Island’s economy.

“As part of the Isle of Wight community, we are delighted to provide a shop window for fantastic Island companies to sell their products more widely,” he says.

During his time with Royal Mail, Daryl lived and worked in Portsmouth: “Twenty years ago, I thought Portsmouth was a lively place, now it’s even better with new developments such as Gunwharf Quays and the growth of the Historic Dockyard. I’m looking forward to getting to know the city again and, of course, learning more about the beautiful Isle of Wight.”

For more information, contact Karen Woods on 07775 694266 or karenwoods@wightlink.co.uk.


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