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New Year's Honour for David Jeffery

Recognition of his services to the UK's ports industry has resulted in David Jeffery being appointed to the Order of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Millennium Honours list. Mr Jeffery recently retired as Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority (PLA).

He is Chairman of the Department of Trade & Industry's "British Trade International" and is also a Director of the Ports and Terminal Group of the British Marine Equipment Council.

During his 13 years with the PLA, Mr Jeffery was at the heart of the transformation of the Port of London and the revolution that has taken place in the UK ports industry. His position led him to play an increasing role on behalf of the UK ports industry worldwide.

He served as a member of the European Maritime Industries High Level Panel for the former European Transport Commissioner, Neil Kinnock, and was Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation along with being a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Ports and Harbours.

In the UK, he is a past Director of the UK Major Ports Group and, in 1998, became Chairman of British Ports Industry Training following its recognition as the National Training Organisation for the UK ports industry by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment.