Geoff Hodgson, Chairman of the Blyth Harbour Commission, has been named in the 2023 New Year Honours list. Geoff has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the UK Ports Sector and the Economy in North East England.
Geoff was appointed a Commissioner for the Blyth Harbour Commission in 2012, became Deputy Chair in 2014 and Chair in 2016. During this time, Geoff has spearheaded a wide variety of significant events that have contributed not only to the record success of the Port but to the wider economy.
In 2021, under Geoff’s leadership, the Port of Blyth announced record financial results and operational performance figures. The overall Group turnover grew to £25.5 million, the highest total in the Port’s 140-year history.
Responding to the award Geoff Hodgson said: “I am humbled and flattered to receive this award. I believe it is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all of the team at the Port of Blyth. I accept it with pride on behalf of everyone who has contributed to the Port’s success.
We have in recent years shaped the Port into a nationally significant hub which is at the forefront of supporting the offshore renewable energy sector.
To each one of my friends, colleagues and associates, past and present, I would like to say thank you for your support.”
Outside of the Port Sector, Geoff works as an investor, advisor and mentor to a variety of local companies and holds several non-executive Board positions regionally.