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New head of information technology

Anthony Fletcher has been appointed head of information technology at the Port of London Authority (PLA).

He joins the Gravesend-based organisation, responsible for safety, recreation and trade on the tidal Thames, from the Harwich Haven Authority in Essex, where he has worked since 2009, with a remit covering information technology, business systems, and stakeholder engagement. Previously he was a self-employed software developer.

Julie Tankard, PLA chief financial officer said: “Maximising the potential of IT will be key to meeting the goals of our Thames Vision strategy, so it’s great to be able to deploy Anthony’s extensive experience in the sector.

Anthony said: “I am looking forward to the challenges of ensuring the resilience and development of PLA’s IT infrastructure in a fast-moving world, as the port adapts to new circumstances post the pandemic, including the drive to meet our Net Zero commitments.

Anthony succeeds Andy Wallace, who retired in May, following 30 years of service for the PLA.

Julie Tankard added: “In his remarkable career, spanning three decades, Andy successfully guided the PLA into the modern world of information technology, which is so important to our ability to provide a 24/7 resilient service to our customers and other river users. We wish him well in his well-earned retirement.”