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Two business leaders come on board at Port of Tyne

One of the UK's major ports has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board.

Alison Thain and Geoff Brown have joined the Port of Tyne in North East England.

Alison Thain, former Chief Executive of Thirteen Group and formerly regional Chair of the CBI has joined the Port of Tyne, along with Geoff Brown, the former Global Managing Director of Halcrow Transportation.

Lucy Armstrong, Chair of the Port of Tyne, said: "I am pleased to welcome two prominent business leaders to join the team.

"Alison and Geoff's combined skills and experience add strength and expertise to the board."

Alison Thain is one of the region's most dynamic business women, until recently managing the region's biggest housing association - The Thirteen Group, as well being a member of Tees Valley Unlimited - the sub-regional Local Enterprise Partnership. Alison is currently Vice Chair of the CBI North East Council, a Governor at Sunderland University and Vice Chair of Darlington Building Society.

She said: "I am delighted to join the Port of Tyne and I am passionate about the future that this region has to offer.  I look forward to working with the board to ensure that the Port's potential is fully exploited."

Geoff Brown is a chartered civil engineer of over 30 years standing with experience in senior executive roles in major organisations operating throughout the UK and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a non-executive director and Chair of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and a non-executive director of Tees Valley Sport.

He said: "It's an exciting time for the region and I believe that the Port of Tyne has a major role to play in unlocking future growth and productivity."

The Port of Tyne's economic impact was recently assessed to add an estimated £680 million to the regional economy supporting almost 14,000 jobs directly and indirectly. The Port is one of the UK's biggest deep-sea ports operating in bulk commodities, cars, cruise and ferry, logistics and manages a growing portfolio of commercial property.

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