Port stalwart leaves Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises after 23 years

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Apr 2017

A LEADING figure in Grimsby's burgeoning offshore wind cluster is leaving his day job.

Roger Smith, chairman of Grimsby Renewables Partnership, is stepping down from the role of marine operations manager at Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd (GFDE) to pursue other interests.

He has been instrumental in the expansion of the rebranded Port of Grimsby East, working with the industry for the past decade, helping in the incredible growth from a single mobile hut to a £20-million plus investment from five blue-chip businesses.

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of GFDE, said: "Roger is a thoroughly decent guy and has been a stalwart of our operation for years. He is highly regarded by staff, colleagues and business contacts and I wish him and his family well for the future."

Mr Boyers, who last week launched the latest instalment, the £1.85m slipways project with a 200 tonne boat lift as the centre-piece, added that he had been a "tremendous asset to the business over a number of years," acknowledging the "significant contribution" to the success of the first port of call on the Humber.

Having joined the business in 1994, Mr Smith said he was extremely proud of what he has achieved from his initial role as fish dock manager, with the building and management of Grimsby Fish Market, which opened on February 29, 1996.

"I have more than the 41 years down on the docks met many good people and developed many friendships in both the fishing and renewables sectors, and I am sure these friendships will continue," he said. "As chairman of Grimsby Renewables Partnership and as a founder member, I still maintain the passion and drive in developing the renewables sector in Grimsby and will continue to be supportive of existing and future businesses coming to the town.

"My aim is to take a well-earned break and spend some quality time with my wife and family, particularly my 11-week-old granddaughter. I will then pursue other ventures. I have spent half my working life working for GFDE and wish them every success in the future."

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