New Chairman and Deputy take the helm at Port of Tyne

New Chairman and Deputy take the helm at Port of Tyne

From left: Andrew Moffatt, Hilary Florek and Dr Jon Hargreaves CBE

Hilary Florek has been named as Chairman of the Board of the Port of Tyne, with Dr Jon Hargreaves CBE as Deputy Chairman.  The appointments follow the death of the former Chairman, Sir Les Elton, in July.

Port of Tyne is increasingly recognised as the UK's fastest growing major deep-sea port.  During the past ten years more than £120 million has been invested to create the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the port's diverse businesses. In 2013, the Port of Tyne added £507 million to the economy of the North East region.

Well known as a strategic communications and marketing specialist, Hilary has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.  Her early career began in PR consultancy before she became PR and Communications Director for the Vaux Group PLC.  She established her own consultancy, HFPR Ltd, in 2000.

In addition to her role as Managing Director of HFPR she has considerable experience as a non-executive director for a range of organisations.  Hilary became Deputy Chairman of the Board of Port of Tyne in 2012, after six years as a non-executive director.

Following her appointment as Chairman, Hilary said: “I am looking forward to leading the Port of Tyne through what promises to be exciting times ahead.  The business is in very good shape and my colleagues on the Board and I will endeavour to ensure we continue to develop a vibrant and sustainable port that remains a major contributor to the economy of the North East region and the UK.”

Dr Jon Hargreaves was appointed a non-executive director to the Port of Tyne Board in 2010.  He is a former Chief Executive Officer of East of Scotland Water, Managing Director of Northumbrian Water, MD of Entec Europe Ltd, non-executive director of British Waterways and Chairman of British Waterways Scotland.  He was the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Water from 2002 to 2007, where he oversaw a £2 billion investment programme.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "I am pleased to be welcoming Hilary and Jon as the new Chairman and Deputy Chairman and delighted that this means the Board retains expertise and continuity of knowledge at its helm.  It ensures we are well-placed to continue to make progress on our plans for growth and to deliver our aim of ensuring that the Port continues to be a thriving, dynamic business supporting the economy of the North East region now and for the future.”