UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), the trade association for the UK’s major port operators, has appointed former UK Government Special Adviser, Geraint Evans, as the organisation’s new CEO.
Evans will join the UKMPG in May from the global consulting firm, Stonehaven, where he was a partner.
Evans served as a Special Adviser under three consecutive prime ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson, prior to his position at Stonehaven.
Evans brings extensive experience of Whitehall departments and Parliament having been an early champion of the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda, stated UKMPG in a released statement.
Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Evans said: “As many key parts of our economy transition, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support our major ports in helping the UK deliver sustainable economic growth across the country.”
UKMPG Chairman, Charles Hammond OBE, said: “Geraint has extensive experience of operating within Government at the highest levels and has a proven track record of developing and influencing policy.”
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UKMPG is the trade body that speaks for the UK’s largest port operators who, between them, provide the gateways for 75 per cent of UK trade and invest £500 million ($606.5 million) per annum in UK ports and infrastructure.
In October 2022, leading ports in the UK announced they are collaborating through the 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub to launch a Maritime Data Cluster aimed at accelerating the green smart port revolution.