Aberdeen Harbour Board has today announced that Michelle Handforth has decided to step down as CEO, to embark on a new role with Network Rail, as Managing Director for Wales and Western region. The recruitment process for a replacement is already well underway and Aberdeen Harbour Board expects to announce a successor shortly.
Speaking of the move, Ms Handforth said: “During my time with the Harbour Board, I have enjoyed working with the best people in the Ports Industry and the business community. I cannot thank them and my team at the Harbour enough for their support. I know the business will go on to achieve even greater success, playing a vital role in the drive to deliver the North East and Scotland’s energy transition and net zero ambitions.
“I am not going anywhere straightway and will be here until the summer to ensure a seamless handover to the candidate who is fortunate enough to be appointed.”
Alistair Mackenzie, Chairman of Aberdeen Harbour Board said: “Michelle is a talented professional who will be missed. We have appreciated her contributions over the last three years and wish her the best of luck with her next career move. Michelle will be with us for a while yet and we look forward to welcoming her successor in the coming months. This is an incredibly exciting time for the Harbour as we work to realise the full green port potential of our £350m expansion so for now, it’s all hands-on-deck.”
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail said: “I’m pleased we could bring Michelle back into the rail industry. It’s been a difficult year and she’ll bring a fresh perspective to help us navigate through these challenging times.”