Isle of Wight ferry company Red Funnel has announced the appointment of Leanna Lakes as its new Operations Director with immediate effect.
She joins Red Funnel from Condor Ferries where she held the position of Head of Safety & Compliance for the last three years.
A Master Mariner with over 20 years' experience in the industry at both a national and international level, Ms Lakes is also a member of the Chamber of Shipping's task force for bridge team management.
Her appointment will attain executive board gender equality for Red Funnel Group as she joins CEO, Fran Collins and HR Director, Debbie Reed to make up a 50% female executive board of directors.
Ms Collins said of the appointment: 'We are delighted to welcome Leanna as Operations Director to Red Funnel. Leanna brings a wealth of experience with a proven track record for building strong teams and improving standards, and I am delighted that we will benefit from her industry expertise.'