The 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 Chief Executive Officer.

UKMPG is the trade body that speaks for the UK’s largest port operators who, between them provide the gateways for 75% of UK trade, and invest £500million per annum in UK ports and infrastructure.   Evans will join the UKMPG in May from the global consulting firm, Stonehaven where he was a Partner. Prior to Stonehaven, Evans served as a Special Adviser under three consecutive prime ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May and latterly Boris Johnson.

Evans brings extensive experience of Whitehall departments and Parliament having been an early champion of the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda and arrives at the UKMPG having been at the centre of British politics during a historic period of three general elections and an EU referendum in five years.

Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Geraint Evans said:

“It is a privilege to be joining the UK Major Ports Group as Chief Executive at such a crucial time for the UK’s economic outlook. Our major ports across the country are central to a growing and sustainable economy. 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.”

UK Major Ports Group Chairman, Charles Hammond OBE said:

“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Geraint Evans as the CEO of UKMPG.  Geraint has extensive experience of operating within Government at the highest levels and has a proven track record of developing and influencing policy.  We look forward to welcoming Geraint to UKMPG, at this crucial time, when the role of ports is continuing to adapt to support the UK economy transition to a low carbon future.” 

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