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Port of London Authority Board Appointments

The Port of London Authority (PLA) announces the appointment of three new non-executive directors.

Helen Deeble, CBE is appointed (in line with the Port of London Act) by the Secretary of State for Transport, Alun Griffiths and Annette Justad by the PLA Board.

Helen Deeble is chief executive of the P&O Ferries Division. A chartered accountant with more than twenty years’ experience in shipping, Helen came into the industry when she joined Stena Line, and later served as finance director in the P&O Stena Line joint venture, subsequently becoming COO and CEO of P&O Ferries. Helen is a board member of global trade association Interferry, the UK Chamber of Shipping and The Standard P&I Club. She was vice-president and president of the UK Chamber of Shipping from 2011 to 2013.

Alun Griffiths is currently Group HR director and board member at WS Atkins plc, Europe’s largest engineering and design consultancy. An economics graduate, Alun is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a non-executive director of the group Women in Science and Engineering. He has worked in a number of business management and corporate roles, including HR, strategy and marketing. Alun is a non-executive director of The McLean Partnership Limited, member of the National Employer Advisory Board, chairman of the advisory board of UCL 2050 leadership programme and a member of the Royal Society Diversity Steering Group.

Annette Malm Justad has over 30 years’ experience in industry and shipping, working for companies including Yara International ASA, Norgas Carriers/IM Skaugen ASA, and Norsk Hydro ASA. From 2006 to 2010, she was of CEO of Eitzen Maritime Services ASA, an international ship supply company. Annette is currently chairman of the American Shipping Company ASA and Store Norske Kulkompani AS. She is also a member of the boards of Petroleum Geo Services ASA, Awilco LNG ASA, Small Turbine Partners AS and Pleat AS. Annette holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from MIT/Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from NTNU.

The new board members have been selected ahead of the departure from the PLA Board later this year of deputy chairman, John Mills CBE, and board member William Everard CBE.

PLA chairman, Dame Helen Alexander said:

“These appointments deepen and broaden the experience represented on the Board. I am delighted we have been able to attract such excellent new members and I look forward to working with them. Combined with the recent appointment of Robin Mortimer as chief executive, I believe the Board has the experience and skills necessary to shape, guide and lead our work as we facilitate the safe and increasing use of the Thames.

“John and William have both made invaluable contributions to the PLA. John is an excellent deputy chairman and chair of our Licensing Committee and William's contribution to our pensions-related work and on the design and build of our largest boat-building project in recent years, London Titan is invaluable. They will leave in due course with our heartfelt thanks.”

William Everard will step down on 31 May 2014 and John Mills on 31 August 2014, both at the end of their six year term.

Annette Justad will join the Board on 1 June 2014, and Helen Deeble and Alun Griffiths on 1 September 2014.

– Ends –

Notes to editors:

  • The PLA oversees navigational safety on 95 miles of the tidal Thames, from Teddington Lock to the North Sea. The river is home to the second biggest port in the UK, the busiest inland waterway for freight, passengers and a centre for sporting events.
  • There are over 230,000 commercial and leisure vessel movements on the Thames every year. The commercial vessels provide trade links between London and over 80 countries around the world, from Chile to Mauritius, Honduras to Fiji.


Martin Garside, Port of London Authority, Mob: 07736 362 385