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PD Ports appoints new chief people and compliance officer

PD Ports announced the addition of Michelle Robson to its executive leadership team, furthering PD Ports' vision to become the UK's premier and most sustainable seaport and port logistics operator.

As Chief People and Compliance Officer, Michelle will oversee a wide array of essential functions across the PD Ports Group, including Human Resources, health, safety, and environment, resilience, business continuity, and security, as well as the Harbour Police and Harbour Office.

"I am delighted to join PD Ports and to have the opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking and dynamic business, with a strong track record of performance and people development," stated Michelle Robson.

Michelle brings a robust leadership background and a wealth of experience crafting people strategies that drive significant business outcomes. She joined PD Ports from Indicia Worldwide, serving as Global Chief People Officer, and overseeing the company’s international people strategy.

Moreover, her extensive leadership experience includes over 20 years in senior roles within shipbuilding and the oil and gas offshore industry in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, along with expertise in manufacturing and engineering.

Michelle’s arrival coincides with a transformative period for PD Ports, as we advance towards our goal of becoming the UK’s most sustainable port, aiming to achieve net zero emissions across our operations by 2040.

As a key driver of inward investment in Teesside and the largest private employer in the region, PD Ports stands as the preferred partner for customers and stakeholders, and the employer of choice within our communities.

Robson added, "While I have a background in maritime, ports and logistics are a new sector for me - I want not only to understand our business but to also understand the customers and communities we serve. I’ll be looking at our existing plans and priorities to see how I can build on these to help shape the future, making sure we are a safe and great place to work".

Jon Armstrong, the current Director of Human Resources and Statutory Compliance at PD Ports, will step down from his position this summer after a transition period with Michelle.

In addition, Armstrong joined PD Ports in 2000 as part of the senior finance management team and was instrumental in driving system and organizational changes as the PD Ports Group consolidated.

He played a significant role in implementing the Port Marine Safety Code, served as the Designated Person for several years, and oversaw a comprehensive review of the Group's security and Harbour Police functions.

Frans Calje, the CEO of PD Ports, welcomed Michelle to the company and paid tribute to Jon Armstrong for his contributions.

"Michelle brings a wealth of experience to her new role with PD Ports and I look forward to seeing her impact on the business. And while we welcome Michelle, it means we must also say farewell to Jon Armstrong. Jon has played a fundamental role in keeping PD Ports strong and resilient in the face of some of the most turbulent times in recent years," commented Frans Calje, the CEO of PD Ports.

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