New director for Great Yarmouth port after change of ownership

Ships moored up along the quay in Great Yarmouth where oil, gas, marine and offshore businesses have

Ships moored up along the quay in Great Yarmouth where oil, gas, marine and offshore businesses have their bases.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Peel Ports has appointed Richard Goffin as port director at Great Yarmouth.

Richard Goffin, port director at Great Yarmouth port. Picture: Ant Clausen

Richard Goffin, port director at Great Yarmouth port. Picture: Ant Clausen - Credit: Archant

Mr Goffin, who has spent seven years as financial controller at the port, will take on the role for the next six months, as he works with Peel Ports to develop a plan for growth and investment for the port.

In December Peel Ports Group announced the acquisition of Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited (GYPC) from International Port Holdings.

Growth plans include strengthening Great Yarmouth's existing capabilities in bulk handling and storage, as well as identifying opportunities in the energy and biomass markets.

Mr Goffin has previously held positions at Unilever, RBS, Birdseye Iglo Group and Group Lotus.

Mark Whitworth, CEO Peel Ports Group, said: 'Richard's appointment to director marks the start of an exciting period of growth at Great Yarmouth as we embark on a series of strategic investments in our port assets across the UK.

'Richard has demonstrated the ideal leadership qualities and ability for strategic thinking which is fully aligned with our own growth aspirations as a port group.

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'He will assume direct responsibility for the day to day running of the port, as well as supporting our strategy for sustainability and diversification. Over the next few years we want to develop the core offering at Great Yarmouth and look at new commercial ventures.

'We look forward to welcoming Richard to the Group and we are sure he will be a tremendous asset to the team.'

In its last annual accounts, GYPC reported revenue of £10.9m and an operating profit of £4.5m. It currently employs about 65 people in Great Yarmouth.

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