Port taking changes'¨on board

Changes are being taken on board at the Port of Blyth.

Thursday, 11th February 2016, 9:21 am
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2016, 9:25 am
Geoff Hodgson.

Former chairman of the board Brian Ripley completed his term of office at the end of 2015, and he has been replaced by his deputy chairman, Geoff Hodgson.

Current board member Steven Mills is stepping up to become Mr Hodgson’s deputy.

Mr Hodgson, formerly chief executive of Gateshead’s Federation Brewery and an ex-high sheriff of Tyne and Wear, has been on the port’s board since 2012.

Mr Mills joined a year later, bringing with him expertise in maritime law.

Andrew Cunningham has joined the board after retiring as chief executive officer of Newcastle-based property firm Grainger.

Mr Hodgson welcomed his recruitment, saying: “It is very satisfying to attract people of the calibre of Andrew, given his high profile role at a major UK business.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience which will prove invaluable as the port looks to continue to expand and prosper over the months and years to come.”

The port has seen significant growth over recent years despite challenging global trading conditions and is now one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Group turnover for 2015 is expected to exceed £20m, with pre-tax profits approaching £1.25m, thanks largely to work generated by the offshore energy sector. If confirmed, those figures would smash previous records.