The Port of Milford Haven, the UK’s largest energy port based in South West Wales, has announced the appointment of ‘Tom Sawyer’ as its new Chief Executive.
Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022, taking over from Andy Jones who previously announced his decision to step down from the role. Tom brings significant leadership experience, having spent three and a half decades delivering value and impact for organisations spanning defence, security, intelligence, and technology.
Chris Martin, Port of Milford Haven Chair, said: “I am pleased to welcome Tom to the Port of Milford Haven. His personal leadership and engagement style will be key to the continued success and delivery of our strong values and culture development that has been supported by the management team and embraced by the rest of the organisation in recent years.
“Tom joins us at a very exciting time as we strengthen our core service offering and seek to deliver on our ambitious diversification strategy. His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we support the Nation’s drive to Net-Zero.”
In 2017, Tom led the initial business set up and strategy development of BQ Solutions, a Joint Venture in Qatar. Then, as the Business Development and Solutions Director, he was in the vanguard of the engagement into Qatar’s Ministry of Defence and its Armed Forces and played a central role in winning and delivering significant business that provided his clients with operational and commercial advantage. As a result, BQ Solutions is now a valued member of the Barzan Holdings family of companies; an organisation which prides itself on the substantial benefits that it’s programmes and investments provide across the State of Qatar.
Tom said: “I am thrilled to be returning to Wales and to have been given this opportunity to make a contribution to the future prosperity, quality of life and wellbeing of the people of Pembrokeshire. Having family that live and work here, and having formed some of my fondest memories in the County, it is a place that I care deeply about. I cannot wait to throw myself into this challenging role and to work with stakeholders to grow the business, build for the future, and ensure the long term relevance of the Port to the region and Nation.”
Photo caption: Tom Sawyer, the Port of Milford Haven’s new CEO.
Notes to Editors
Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.
The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.
The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.
One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.
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