Captain Brian Nibbs commenced his sea going career with Ellerman Lines and stayed with the company on world-wide routes until obtaining his Foreign Going Masters Certificate. Following this, he served on cross-channel ro/ro ferries for a two year period before taking a shore position as a senior marine claims adjuster with the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (a leading P & I Club) in the City of London.
Captain Nibbs was initially employed by Jersey Harbours in September 1974 in the newly created position of Marine Operations Officer following a period of self-employment as a marine consultant in Jersey, including the command of the Jersey registered passenger & freight ro/ro vessel Fleur des Iles which plied between St Helier, St Peter Port and St Malo.
His position as Marine Operations Officer included the maintenance of offshore navigation buoys, beacons and other seamarks. The position also included acting as Oil Pollution Officer for Jersey, which the Amoco Cadiz disaster brought to the fore in March 1978 and resulted in him being selected to attend Ashridge Management College for management development training.
In February 1987, Brian left Jersey Harbours to pursue a career in the private sector as Operations Director of Huelin-Renouf Shipping, returning in April 1996 following a nine year period of involvement in the development of lo/lo and ro/ro freight, warehousing & distribution services and vessel operations, as well as the formulation and introduction of operational and administrative policies, holding directorships of both sea and air-freight companies within the Group.
Captain Nibbs returned to Jersey Harbours as Harbourmaster (Designate) in April 1996 and was sworn in as Harbourmaster in April 1997. Following a five year period in this role, he was appointed as CEO, Jersey Harbours in April 2002. He retired from that position in June 2004 and formed The Greenhill Consultancy Limited of which he remains an active Director.
He was until April 2013 a non executive director of Equiom (Jersey) Limited and remains a consultant to a large Jersey service industry company on a range of subjects which has included obtaining Planning permission, shipment of waste chemicals, and involvement with procurement contracts.
Brian's latest appointment is in a liaison role for Geomarine, assisting the Project Manager in connection with Jersey marine related projects.
Captain Nibbs holds the Royal Naval Reserve Decoration and bar and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.
Brian has completed formal courses of study in English and Maritime Law, is an accredited Mediator with the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Regent’s College, London, and is a panel member of the Jersey Community Mediation Service.
As a member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Jersey Law Society, Brian chaired the first hearing in March 2008 under the Law Society of Jersey Law 2005.
Since its inception, the Greenhill Consultancy Limited has also undertaken for clients a range of projects and feasibility studies both marine related and non-marine. The company also acts as Representative Person for British Registry under the Shipping (Registration) (Jersey) Regulations 2004, for persons non-resident in Jersey who wish to register their vessels on the British Register, Port of Jersey.
Brian is also a founder member/committee member and press officer of Jersey Maritime International (JMI), formed in April 2010 to diversify and expand Jersey’s economy by maritime related ‘cluster based’ activity. This has the full support of the Minister of Economic Development.
Honorary duties include: President of the Sea Cadets, TS Jersey
Press Officer of Channel Islands Air Search
Chairman of the Jersey Merchant Seamen’s Benefit Society Incorporated.
Roads Inspector for the Vingtaine of Samares, St Clement and a contributor to and member of the St.Clement Parish Magazine editorial team.
An active member of Rotary Club de la Manche and its Communications Committee, Brian also enjoys golf and swimming when time permits. He qualified as a Jersey Tourism Bronze Award Holder in 2010 and has a keen interest in the maritime history of Jersey.