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Environment expert joins PLA board

An expert in environmental management and water quality issues has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport to the Board of the Port of London Authority (PLA). Dr Peter Matthews brings to the PLA a wide experience working in the water industry and in the fields of environmental quality and management.

Dr Matthews started his working life as a laboratory technician in the pharmaceutical industry before beginning a long and successful career in the water and sewage treatment sector, including over twenty five years at Anglian Water.

In 2000, he was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency, where his term of office expires during 2006. He is actively engaged in the work of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM); the European Water Association; and the Society for the Environment.

PLA chairman Simon Sherrard said:

“We need to continue to ensure that the Thames remains successful and safe for commercial shipping, passenger vessels, and recreational users. Central to this work is ensuring our activities are carried out in an environmentally sound way and in this context we work closely with other agencies to protect and enhance the environment of the tidal Thames.

“Peter Matthews has a very strong background in these vital areas and I am delighted to have him joining us on the PLA Board.”

Contact: Martin Garside, Port of London Authority, Tel: 020 7743 7915 A photo of Peter Matthews is available on request.

Note to Editors:

The PLA is the port and navigation authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for users of the tidal Thames. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. The Port comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes. London also has a busy passenger boat trade for tourists and commuters. The tidal Thames is also used widely by those with small recreational craft of many types.