RMS Group chief executive sells up and steps down

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Apr 2017

​​AFTER nearly two decades at the helm of ports operator RMS Group, shipping entrepreneur Peter Aarosin has sold back his shareholding and resigned.

The Danish national, who arrived in the region nearly 40 years ago, is to “focus on other interests in logistics around the UK and Denmark,” including Goole Intermodal Terminal. 

Mr Aarosin had been at the forefront of the development of Goole-based RMS since 1995, during which it has grown from a single terminal at the inland port to having operations around the Humber.

The Goole-based businessman was a 50 per cent shareholder in RMS from 1995 until 2004, when it was the subject of a management buyout supported by institutional investors Yorkshire Fund Managers and Partnership Investment Finance. 

He was then invited to return as chief executive and minority shareholder in 2007.

A year before he returned to the fold, it had bought Freshney Cargo Services, which operates in Grimsby and Immingham, now under the RMS brand.

Mr Aarosin’s long-established Danbrit Holdings business is an umbrella company operating in the UK and Denmark, is in the shipping, ship management, haulage, warehousing and industrial packing sectors.

Interests include a fleet of cargo ships and cargo ships chartering, operated through Danbrit Shipping, based in Goole; East Trans, a logistics company based at Stallingborough, which operates more than 100 lorries and 200,000 sq ft of warehousing; and IPL Involvement Packing, an export packing and shipping company based in Banbury, Oxfordshire. 

Danbrit is also a development partner in Goole Intermodal Terminal, which will unite rail, sea, motorway and inland waterway links into a single, major integrated transport facility. The scheme was hailed recently as a key Northern Powerhouse project and awarded Government funding.

Mr Aarosin said: “This is a very exciting time for Danbrit, with a number of exciting opportunities at key stages of development, including Goole Intermodal Terminal which has the potential to become a major Northern logistics hub creating hundreds of jobs.

“I feel now is the right time for me to step away from RMS to enable me to focus fully on realising these growth opportunities.”

A passionate advocate of the Humber as an economic entity and the importance of the sector he has made his life, Mr Aarosin was chairman of Bondholders, the Humber marketing group, from February 2013 to September 2015, and has sat on Humber Local Enterprise Partnership board. 

He is also a former president of the Goole Chamber of Commerce and a former director of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Kirby, chief operations officer, has also taken a reduced part time group consultancy role as he makes steps towards “retirement and to pursue his other personal interests and ambitions”. 

On behalf of the board, Andy Dixon, pictured left, managing director of the Grimsby and Immingham business, said Graham Tetley, formerly general manager, has been appointed as managing director of RMS Trent Ports, with Craig Hodgson, group commercial director, appointed to the executive board of RMS Group Holdings. 

He said: “All other positions at senior and executive board level remain unchanged and we continue our investment and unique position across all of the Humber ports under the continued stewardship  of the executive board and Ian Parsons who continues his role as executive chairman.

“RMS Group will be now be pushing forward the ‘One Number on the Humber’ brand across the Humber ports from the first port of the Humber, Grimsby, to Immingham, Hull, Flixborough, Gunness and Goole, and are looking forward to making  some significant investment in equipment in the near future to allow us to grow further and further support our clients.

“We would like to congratulate the new appointees and welcome Craig Hodgson to the board. We are extremely thankful for the hard work , support and commitment of Peter and Mike over the many years and wish them both well and every success for the future.”

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