PD Ports is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Robson to its executive leadership team, as we continue towards our vision of becoming the UK’s premier, and most sustainable, seaport and port logistics operator.

As Chief People and Compliance Officer, Michelle will be responsible for a broad range of key functions across the PD Ports Group, including HR; health, safety and environment; resilience, business continuity and security; Harbour Police and the Harbour Office.

Michelle has a strong leadership background and extensive experience leading people strategies that deliver clear business results. She joins PD Ports from Indicia Worldwide, where she was Global Chief People Officer, responsible for the company’s international people strategy.

She also has previous experience in senior leadership roles, including more than 20 years working in shipbuilding and the oil and gas offshore industry in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, as well as experience in manufacturing and engineering.

Michelle joins PD Ports at a time of transformation in the company, as we make strides towards becoming the UK’s most sustainable port with a target to reach net zero across our operations by 2040.

As one of the key drivers of inward investment to Teesside and the largest private employer in the region, PD Ports is the partner of choice for customers and stakeholders, and employer of choice in our communities.

Michelle Robson said: “I am delighted to join PD Ports and to have the opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking and dynamic business, with a strong track record of performance and people development.

 

“While I have a background in maritime, ports and logistics are a new sector for me – I want not only to understand our business but to also understand the customers and communities we serve.  

 

“I’ll be looking at our existing plans and priorities to see how I can build on these to help shape the future, making sure we are a safe and great place to work.”

 

PD Ports’ current Director of Human Resources and Statutory Compliance, Jon Armstrong, will step down from the role this summer, following a transition period with Michelle.

He joined PD Ports in 2000 as part of the senior finance management team and played a key role in system and organisational changes implemented as the PD Ports Group consolidated.

He was also heavily involved in the implementation of the Port Marine Safety Code, holding the post of Designated Person for a number of years and also oversaw a fundamental review of the Group’s security and Harbour Police functions. 

Frans Calje, chief executive officer at PD Ports, welcomed Michelle to the company and also paid tribute to Jon Armstrong.

 

He said: “A business is only as good as the people it employs – it is vital that as a major employer for the region that we take the lead in living up to our core values as a business, supporting and developing our workforce both professionally and personally.

 

“Michelle brings a wealth of experience to her new role with PD Ports and I look forward to seeing her impact on the business.

“And while we welcome Michelle, it means we must also say farewell to Jon Armstrong. Jon has played a fundamental role in keeping PD Ports strong and resilient in the face of some of the most turbulent times in recent years.

 

“His strength of character and calm approach will be missed by all and we wish him well on his new adventure.”