Steamship Group Pays Tribute To Former CEO Jeff Marston

 The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has paid tribute to former Chief Executive Jeff Marston who died at the weekend following a battle with cancer.

Jeff joined the company in 2001 and held the post of chief executive for 12 years before announcing his decision to step down in 2013.

He started his career at British Leyland Truck and Bus Division in 1972 and went on to hold a number of senior board positions including Managing Director (South) of ADT Fire and Security PLC, Managing Director of CompAir Maxam Ltd, Managing Director of Wardle Storeys PLC Safety and Survival Equipment Division and Managing Director of Meggitt Aerospace Components.

He was also a past director of the Islands’ Tourism and Business Partnership and Chairman of Trustees of Carn Brea Leisure Centre.

Andrew May, Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, said: “Jeff’s colleagues and friends on the Steamship Company Board, past and present, were deeply saddened to learn of his death. Our immediate thoughts are with Rosemary and his family.

“Everyone who knew Jeff was impressed by, and respected the way in which he dealt with his period of illness. He showed remarkable strength of character and a stoicism, which inspired those around him.

“These traits were among those which made his tenure at the Steamship Company so successful.  He was well regarded by the many with whom he worked since joining the Steamship Company in 2001. At that time the Company was in need of strong and professional leadership, and this is what he provided.

“Over the next twelve years the Company’s fortunes went from strength to strength such that the solid foundations were in place on which the present management team could build.

“The Company’s rising fortunes over the last decade and more are linked to, and so can be seen in, those communities served by the Steamship Company. The Isles of Scilly and west Cornwall were close to Jeff’s heart and the growing prosperity of these areas was something he cared about strongly.

“Jeff’s loss will be felt not just by his family and those close to him, but by all of us who work for the Company, together with many of its customers, suppliers, shareholders and the large number of individuals in the private and public sectors with whom Jeff worked over the years”