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15.09.2004

Appointment of new chief executive

New chief executive for Port of London Authority

The Port of London Authority (PLA) today announces the appointment of Richard Everitt as Chief Executive. Mr Everitt replaces Steve Cuthbert who retires at the end of the year.

Mr Everitt, aged 55, will join the PLA on 1 December. He was previously Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services, the air traffic services provider, prior to which he was Group Planning and Compliance Director at BAA plc, the airport operator. 

He will take over the role of Chief Executive of the PLA when the Port of London is undergoing considerable development, not least with the proposed ‘London Gateway’ terminal. This scheme, to be built by P&O Ports on the site of the former Shell Haven refinery, awaits ministerial approval.   

Commenting, PLA Chairman Simon Sherrard said:

“I am delighted Richard Everitt is joining the PLA. He has considerable expertise and a strong background in working with different stakeholders’ interests in a complex transport and logistics environment.

“His wide experience will be invaluable in maintaining our high standards of safety and ensuring the future development of the Port of London.”   

Acknowledging Steve Cuthbert’s contribution to the PLA, Mr Sherrard continued:

“Steve has led the PLA through a number of critical changes during his five years as Chief Executive, improving service quality for river users and ensuring that the Thames continues to be home to one of the UK’s most successful ports. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Richard Everitt said:

“I am very pleased to be joining the PLA at this important time. I am looking forward to working with the many stakeholders on the continuing development of London as a major UK port.”

For further information contact:
Geoff Adam, PLA. 020 7743 7931
Martin Garside, PLA. 020 7743 7915
Email pressoffice@pla.co.uk

Notes for editors:

1. The Port of London Authority is the port authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for ships using the Port of London. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes. 

2. Following qualification as a solicitor, Richard Everitt was employed in the legal department of the British Airports Authority in 1978 and was Group Strategy / Compliance Director from 1991 to 2001. During his time with BAA he played a key role in the privatisation of the company and in the Heathrow Terminal 5 application and inquiry. From 2001 until 2004, Richard was Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services Limited.