The Port of Milford Haven is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Chris Martin as its new Chairman. Mr Martin has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and will take up the post on 1st August 2017.
Born and bred in Pembrokeshire Mr Martin has been Vice Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Port. For the majority of his career he has been a successful entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire. In more recent years he has fulfilled a number of non-executive and voluntary roles, being Chairman of four successive health organisations in west Wales and the lead Chairman of all health Organisations in Wales from 2009 to 2014. He is also currently a Non-Executive with Alliance Healthcare Distribution (UK) Ltd, Managing Director of his own property development company, Deputy Chairman of the Bevan Commission and a member of the Marie Curie Wales Advisory Board.
Mr Martin succeeds Peter Jones who, in stepping down from the post of Chairman at the end of July, will be drawing to a close an active involvement in the management of UK ports that first began in 1977 and whose career included being Chief Executive of the UK’s two largest port groups.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Martin said “The Port of Milford Haven is a critical gateway for the UK economy. I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to play a leading role as Non-Executive Chairman. As the Port moves forward with exciting new developments I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and the executive team to ensure that it continues to be a safe and successful business delivering high quality infrastructure and services and generating growth and employment”.
Photo: Chris Martin appointed as Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven
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.