Port of London Authority chooses new chief executive

  • Robin Mortimer to succeed Richard Everitt as the LPA’s new CEO from March 2014

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has announced the appointment of Robin Mortimer as its new chief executive.

Mortimer, joining the PLA in March next year, will succeed Richard Everitt, who has held the position since December 2004.

“I am delighted that Robin will join us next year,” declared PLA chairman, Dame Helen Alexander.

“It is an exciting time with new port facilities opening and the Mayor of London setting clear targets for increasing use of the river for passengers and freight.”

“Robin’s experience in policy and engagement by government will be enormously useful as the PLA develops, and as we manage the river traffic around the major new Thames Tideway Tunnel project.”

Mortimer is currently a director in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) where he led the transformation of British Waterways into the new Canal & River Trust, and directs the Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit. He also set up the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change Programme.

Richard Everitt is retiring and has overseen the PLA through a series of unique challenges over the last nine years, including the unprecedented Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant which saw 1,000 vessels form the largest flotilla ever on the Thames. Six weeks later, the PLA was refocused on welcoming vessels to London for the 2012 Olympics.

“Richard has done a fantastic job at the PLA and will leave with our deep thanks,” added Dame Helen.

“His understanding, expertise and his open and professional style have set the benchmark for the PLA’s stakeholder engagement in future.”

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