March 5, 2019
Landing my first port job during the 1980s at what is now PD Ports on Teesside. I was a management trainee but ended up discharging cars and other cargo from vessels during the dockers’ strike among other duties. It was quite a baptism of fire but it gave me a good grounding for a port-related career.
What did you want to be growing up?
Apart from centre forward for Hartlepool United, I didn’t have a clear career ambition as a youngster. I did always feel that I would follow a commercial/ entrepreneurial path. I ran the school tuck shop and took part in car boot sales. I’ve now swapped car boots for cargo boats.
What attracted you to your current role?
I moved up to Port of Blyth in the mid-1990s for a commercial management role. What struck me at the time was the port’s huge potential and the opportunities for expansion. Working my way up to chief executive has been a privilege and it’s been great to be able to shape the port’s strategic vision.
What is your organisation’s mission?
We want to ‘be the best at what we do, take customer service to another level, add value and be different (in a good way)’. We’re well on our way to achieving this and we hope that our customers would recognise the Port of Blyth from this statement.
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