The Port of Blyth has announced changes to its Board during a period of rapid change and its expansion into a first class offshore energy hub.
Chairman, Tom Dingwall and Board Member and former Chair, Steve Gillie, completed their terms of office at the end of 2012 with the Port indebted to their long and dedicated services.
Former Deputy Chair, Brian Ripley, replaces Mr Dingwall at the helm with current Board Member, Richard Maudslay stepping up to become his deputy. Brian and Richard have a wealth of experience both at the Port and in wider industry and no doubt will continue to help steer the positive course established over recent years.
Stephen Mills (marine legal background) and Alan Lowdon (renewable energy sector) have also joined the board bringing in the necessary complimentary skills and experience to maintain this progress.
The Port of Blyth has seen significant recent growth despite the recession and is now in the top ten Trust Port’s in the UK in terms of turnover (group turnover over £16.8 million in 2011 and with a pre tax profit above £0.6 million).
Even the closure of the RioTinto Alcan smelter at Lynemouth (formerly Blyth’s biggest customer) has not dented this progress and in particular this is testimony to the Port’s emergence as a prominent energy hub for both the renewables and oil and gas sectors.