Board and management team



Chair

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Lucy Armstrong

Chair

Appointed in July 2017, Lucy is Chief Executive of The Alchemists, a North East-based consultancy which helps businesses increase their development and success. Lucy joined The Alchemists in 2003 after an early career in private equity, corporate development and headhunting with 3i plc, Courtaulds Textiles and Tyzack.

Executive Directors

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Mark Stoner

Interim CEO

Previously Finance Director at Communisis plc, Mark started his career with British Steel, before holding senior positions at Rolls Royce Industrial Power Group, Siemens Microelectronics, KPMG, and Atmel North Tyneside. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with over 25-years’ practice in corporate finance Mark joined the Port in 2018 with the responsibility for Group financial services, information technology, internal audit and risk management.

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Steven Harrison

Chief Operating Officer

An engineer by background, and graduate of the University of Nottingham, Steven worked extensively in the UK and overseas mining industry before joining the Port of Tyne in 2010. He has responsibility for all operational areas of the Port, conventional and bulk cargoes, logistics, cruise and ferry and car terminals and leads a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of the highest standards of customer service.

Non-Executive Directors

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Nick West

Deputy Chair

Nick is the former CEO of Euroports and currently a non-executive director at the deep-sea Container Terminal at Port of Gdansk (DCT Gdansk S.A), Poland’s largest container terminal and Verbrugge International, a port operator based in the Netherlands.

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Geoff Brown

Board Member

Geoff is the former Chair and Global Managing Director of Halcrow Transportation. He is a chartered civil engineer with experience in senior executive roles in organisations both in the UK and internationally.

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Steve Crosland

Board Member

Steve has 20 years of experience specialising in leading human resource practices. A graduate of Newcastle University and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, he has previously held positions with NetJets Europe and Northern Electric and brings experience of leading large UK, European and US based companies in organisational development.

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Mark Preece

Board Member

Mark has 30 years of experience in the maritime and subsea sector. Previously Chief Executive Officer for CEONA Offshore, his experience was gained both in the UK and international oil, gas and offshore renewable energy markets. A Master Mariner, in his early career he was a ship’s Master, a Marine Superintendent and a Project Manager.

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Alison Thain

Board Member

Alison, former Chief Executive of Thirteen Group, is Vice Chair of the CBI North East Council, a Governor at Sunderland University and Vice Chair of Darlington Building Society. She was awarded the OBE in 2004 and an honorary doctorate in business from Teesside University in 2014.

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Mike Comerford

Board Member

With over 30 years of experience in shipping, maritime safety and engineering Mike has held senior roles within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Lloyd's Register and Bureau Veritas. Currently Mike is non-executive director of David MacBrayne Limited; one of the largest ferry operating groups in Scotland. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Management Team

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Nolan Gray

Business Development Director

Previously Finance Director at oil, gas and offshore renewables specialist DeepOcean UK, Nolan has held senior financial and commercial roles at Reg Vardy and HMV. At DeepOcean UK he helped shape the business through significant investment and restructuring to develop innovative services and technologies for the subsea oil, gas and offshore renewables markets. He joined the Port of Tyne as Business Development Director in 2015 and is responsible for business development based on a strong ethos of developing relationships with customers to support them in achieving their growth objectives.

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Louise Tinkler

Director of Human Resources

Louise joined in 2011, having held a number of roles in the private and public sectors. She leads the Port’s Investors in People programme, which achieved Gold status in 2013. Since becoming Director of Human Resources in 2017 she has developed strategies including the successful apprentice and health & wellbeing programmes and contributed to a positive change in culture within the organisation.

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Steven Clapperton

Director of Health and Safety, Environment and Marine

A Master Mariner with 20 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Steven joined the Port in 2017 from the oil and gas consultancy sector where, amongst other high profile projects, he was responsible for managing upstream marine operations for a major UK oil company. With a Master Mariners’ Certificate, qualifications in Nautical Science and a Diploma in Port Management, Steven brings a wealth of knowledge to the Port.