Port Skills and Safety (PSS) is pleased to announce a new expanded board; sworn in to continue to drive forward pioneering safety and skills standards within the ports sector.
The Board comprises port industry leaders and senior figures from academia, rail and handling equipment sectors to provide world-class support and guidance to Chief Executive Richard Steele and the rest of his hard-working team.
We can’t do everything at once, but that is no excuse for not being ambitious and challenging old norms.
With fresh perspectives on health, safety and skills, it is the intention of the Board to build on the work of its predecessors and renew PSS’ commitment to promoting a safe and secure work environment for over seventeen thousand port workers around the UK. At the first meeting, Chair David Brown sent out a clear signal that he intended to pursue a policy of ever-improving connection with members, not just in the office but on the quayside too. David joined PSS as Chair in January 2020 with an unmistakeable enthusiasm and sincerity for the responsibilities the position entails.
New Board member Martin Lawlor, (Port of Blyth) also said that there was an opportunity to give a greater focus on skills, promoting and advancing the right abilities in port work across the industry.
The centre-point of the first Board meeting was a (Covid-secure) sleeves-rolled-up workshop, facilitated by Tim Morris, Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group. This highlighted not only the capabilities and enthusiasm of the new board but the very real challenges facing PSS and the sector if we are to succeed in driving preventable workplace harm to zero. According to David Brown, “We can’t do everything at once, but that is no excuse for not being ambitious and challenging old norms”.
PSS Chair David Brown
This expanded and refreshed Board provides the opportunity to give a greater focus on skills, promoting and advancing the right abilities in port work across the industry.
Martin Lawlor, Port of Blyth, new PSS Director
Joining David Brown, Stuart Wallace and Jake Storey on the board are; Neil Glendinning, Martin Lawlor, Dr Alan Page, Dave Patterson, Johnny Schute, Eddie Scoggins, Richard Steele and Peter Steen.
David Brown – PSS Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Bristol Port Company
Continuing a tradition between the ports industry and the armed services, David Brown joined Bristol Port in 2008 following twenty-four years in the British Army. His experience in managing the largest private and independently owned port in the country will prove invaluable to the organisation as it enters 2021 and beyond.
Dr Alan Page – Associate Professor of Environmental and Public Health, Middlesex University
Dr Alan Page will provide enhanced academic rigour for PSS policy. As a programme leader for higher level health and safety qualifications and research at the university he is constantly exploring leading edge theory and practice. He is an appointee to various roles with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and has authored a range of books on public health.
Dave Paterson – Vice President South & West Europe, Kalmar Limited
As Vice President of South & West Europe for Kalmar, Dave Paterson provides an insight into European port operational equipment and environments, from smaller regional ports to large-scale deep-sea facilities. His experience as both a service and sales lead offer a wide overview of port activities, allowing PSS to remain at the forefront of sector safety, regardless of the types of plant used or size of the port.
Eddie Scoggins – Head of Safety, Health, and Environment, Hutchinson Ports UK
As head of safety, health, and the environment, Eddie Scoggins brings highly valued operational experience to the Board. He is directly responsible for not just health and safety at Hutchison’s three UK ports, but also security and is the head of the Port of Felixstowe police department. This is in addition to heading the Port of Felixstowe Emergency Response Unit, encompassing fire, ambulance and rescue.
Jake Storey – Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Harwich Haven Authority
Jake Storey has over twenty-five years’ experience in the shipping industry, having worked for organisations such as Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, Lambert brothers, and the Wescol Group. He was also a strategic advisor to the anti-bribery business TRACE International. Jake is also a luminary of Manchester Business School and Keele University, as well as a chartered accountant and a qualified corporate treasurer, meaning PSS finances are in safe hands.
Johnny Schute – Chief Operating Officer, Rail Safety and Standards Board
Johnny Schute leads the teams responsible for standards, safety, health, and well-being at the RSSB, following successful roles in rail regulation and policy, compliance and safety certification. Prior to joining RSSB, Johnny was Chief Environmental and Safety Officer for the British Army, overseeing health, safety, environmental protection, and sustainable development for our armed forces.
Martin Lawlor – Chief Executive, Port of Blyth
Martin Lawlor brings a wealth of experience to the Board, with a substantial and varied career in the ports sector. Under his management, Port of Blyth has developed into a leading offshore energy support base, as well as a hub for dry bulk, break bulk, and project cargoes. With a passion for skills and education, Martin has established a nationally significant skills and training arm for the port which has also become the accountable body for a regional STEM hub. Martin is a serving council member of Maritime UK and not only sits on the executive group of Subsea North East but is the current chair of the British Ports Association.
Neil Glendinning – Chief Executive and Executive Board Member, Harwich Haven Authority
With a seafaring background, Neil Glendinning offers a comprehensive operational understanding of harbours, pilotage, and the management of safe navigation. Neil served as a senior pilot for Harwich Haven before assuming the role of Deputy Harbour Master in 2009. Three years later, he was appointed as Harbour Master & Marine Manager, before being made Chief Executive in 2014.
Peter Steen – Director of Marine Operations, Port of London Authority
Peter Steen has substantial seagoing experience, having spent seventeen years serving aboard North Sea tugs, dep sea carriers, and inshore survey vessels. In 1989 however, Peter decided to stay closer to dry land by becoming a duty officer for the Thames Barrier Navigation Centre. He would later apply his skills as Marine Services Manager on the Salvage Team, overseeing PLA’s diving and salvage operations. As the Director of Marine Operations, Peter manages hydrographic services and civil, mechanical, electrical and navigational engineering.
Stuart Wallace – Deputy PSS Chair and Chief Operating Officer, Forth Ports Ltd
Stuart Wallace joined Forth ports in 2002 as Financial Controller for the Scottish Operation, following a career as a Business Financial Analyst with Motorola and Financial Manager with John McGavigan and Company. Appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Stuart brings extensive operational, marine and commercial experience which has also included management of port activity and London Container Terminal at the Port of Tilbury as well as Divisional Director in Scotland, overseeing the commercial activities of all eight Scottish ports and the marine management teams operating on the Forth and Tay estuaries. Stuart’s experience offers the PSS board a far-reaching view of the sector.
Richard Steele – Chief Executive, Ports Skills and Safety
Richard Steele is a safety and skills professional, bringing over twenty years of ports industry experience with him to PSS. This includes eleven years as the Learning and Development manager for Associated British Ports and just over a decade of leading PSS. Prior to joining the ports sector, Richard worked for the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.
We are grateful to all of the new and existing Directors for their assistance and guidance at this crucial time and look forward to using their enormous wealth of experience to continue to change the ports sector for the better.”
Richard Steele, PSS Chief Executive
Richard Steele commented “We also offer sincere thanks to outgoing Directors Richard Ballantyne and Tim Morris (BPA Chief Executive and UKMPG Chief Executive Officer respectively). Tim and Richard have both supported and constructively challenged us to continually improve throughout their tenure on the Board. I have no doubt that we will continue to work closely with them, benefitting from their expertise and experience.”