Port of Blyth Chief Executive Named BPA Chairman

Martin Lawlor Chairman, British Ports Association BPA

Port of Blyth’s Chief Executive Martin Lawlor has been named as the British Ports Association‘s Chairman, following the news that Alec Don of Milford Haven has stepped down from the post.

Having served on the BPA Council since 2006, Martin was elected as Deputy Chair in April of this year and will assume the role of interim Chair at a crucial time time for the industry as it negotiates the challenges presented by Brexit, particularly the issues surrounding frictionless trade.

Speaking about the role, Martin said: “It’s an honour to be asked to chair the BPA at this time. Having been involved with the association as a council member for more than a decade, I’ve seen from the inside how hard Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne and his team work to promote the interests of all the BPA’s members and I now look forward to contributing fully to that process.”

In other news, Martin has recently been shortlisted for the 2018 North East Business Executive of the Year, with the winner announced at a black-tie celebration at Newcastle’s Civic Centre on 8th November.