New chairman unveiled at Associated British Ports

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jun 2017

Associated British Ports has a new chairman.

Phil Nolan has been appointed to the non-executive role, replacing Robert Walvis who retired in February.

He will take up the position formally on July 4.

Mr Nolan is currently also non-executive Chairman of Ulster Bank Ireland DAC, John Laing Group Plc and Affinity Water Ltd.

Having been educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he graduated with a PhD in Geology, he worked with British Petroleum, British Gas and served as chief executive of Eircom, Ireland’s national telecommunications supplier from 2002 to 2006.

ABP chief executive, James Cooper, said: “Phil brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience from a wide range of businesses.

“We look forward to welcoming him as our new chairman and working together to take the business forward.”

The Humber is the company's biggest interest, with Port of Immingham the largest complex in the portfolio.

Mr Nolan said: "I am delighted to be joining ABP. Its 21 ports play a vital role supporting UK trade and exports, serving a wide range of businesses and manufacturers across Britain.

“ABP’s vision and commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service promise an exciting future. I very much look forward to joining the team.”

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