Port of London Authority Board rings changes

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The Port of London Authority (PLA) has announced the appointment of three non-executive directors.

Helen Deeble, CBE is appointed (in line with the Port of London Act) by the Secretary of State for Transport, Alun Griffiths and Annette Justad by the PLA Board.

“These appointments deepen and broaden the experience represented on the Board,” declared PLA chairman, Dame Helen Alexander.

“I am delighted we have been able to attract such excellent new members and I look forward to working with them.

“Combined with the recent appointment of Robin Mortimer as chief executive, I believe the Board has the experience and skills necessary to shape, guide and lead our work as we facilitate the safe and increasing use of the Thames.”

Helen Deeble, chief executive of the P&O Ferries Division, is a chartered accountant with more than twenty years’ experience in shipping. She came into the industry when she joined Stena Line, and later served as finance director in the P&O Stena Line joint venture, subsequently becoming COO and CEO of P&O Ferries. Helen is also board member of global trade association Interferry, the UK Chamber of Shipping and The Standard P&I Club. She was vice-president and president of the UK Chamber of Shipping from 2011 to 2013.

Annette Malm Justad has over 30 years’ experience in industry and shipping, working for companies including Yara International ASA, Norgas Carriers/IM Skaugen ASA, and Norsk Hydro ASA. Annette is currently chairman of the American Shipping Company ASA and Store Norske Kulkompani AS.
he new board members have been selected ahead of the departure from the PLA Board later this year of deputy chairman, John Mills CBE, and board member William Everard CBE.

William Everard will step down on 31 May 2014 and John Mills on 31 August 2014, both at the end of their six year term.

Annette Justad will join the Board on 1 June 2014, and Helen Deeble and Alun Griffiths on 1 September 2014.

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