The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has announced that Terry Ward has retired from its board after 28 years.
Terry, who owns 49 Degrees and The Foredeck clothing stores in Hugh Town, is the longest serving non-executive director on the current board.
He was involved in decisions including the purchasing and commissioning of the freight ship Gry Maritha, as well as the improvements to Skybus’ fleet and home base, Land’s End Airport.
He has also been the chairman of the organisation's £30,000 Community Fund since 2015.
Steamship Company Chairman Andrew May said: “Terry’s deep knowledge of life on the islands, and business life both on the islands and the mainland, has been immensely valuable to the board.
"Terry has always been accessible and approachable to island residents and visitors alike and so has been an ambassador for, and interface with the company. He planned his retirement with characteristic consideration and discussed his decision with his colleagues about a year ago.
"Terry’s business interests continue to go from strength to strength and so he has much to occupy his time - he goes with our understanding, and our grateful thanks.”
Terry commented: "I have been proud to serve the Steamship Group for close to 30 years. I grew up within a ‘Steamship’ household, so the demands and expectations that are part and parcel of Directorship were almost part of my DNA from quite an early age!
“I have enjoyed the very open nature of the debate within the Boardroom where the full spectrum of directors’ opinions have always been respected and understood, and I shall miss my regular involvement with the Company.
"I will, of course, be keeping a supportive eye on all things Steamship and I would like to wish the Board, all of our fantastic staff and of course, the public that we proudly serve, all the very best for the future."
The Steamship Company has a six-strong board, with the most recent appointee being St Agnes resident Sam Hicks earlier this year.