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ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 960 hectares of port-based development land.


Drawing on 60 years of experience, ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) provides specialist marine environmental research and consultancy services.

UK Dredging

UK Dredging (UKD) operates the largest British-owned dredging fleet and specialises in the provision of reliable and cost effective port maintenance dredging services.

Board Of Directors


Dr Phil Nolan was appointed Chairman of Associated British Ports Holdings in July 2017. He has a wealth of experience on the boards of many companies, private and public and in both executive and non-executive capacities. He was Chairman of John Laing from 2010-2018, Ulster Bank Limited and Ulster Bank Ireland Limited (a subsidiary of Ulster Bank Limited) between July 2013 and July 2017 and Chairman of Affinity Water from 2013-2018. Phil was also a non-executive director of EnQuest PLC, an oil and gas development and production company from August 2012 to July 2017. He was Chairman of Infinis, a then privately-held, leading renewable energy generator between 2007 and 2010, Chairman of Sepura plc, a listed global supplier of TETRA radios, between 2007 and 2010 and CEO of Eircom, Ireland's national telecommunications supplier from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as an Executive Director of BG Group plc and CEO of Transco plc from 1998 and in 2000, as CEO, led the demerger of Transco from BG, as the Lattice Group.

Henrik L. Pedersen CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Henrik L. Pedersen was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in August 2018. Henrik joined ABP from APM Terminals, a global ports company owned by the Maersk Group, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer. During his 20-year tenure with the Maersk Group he held a wide range of senior leadership roles based in Denmark, USA, China, Panama, Singapore and the Netherlands. Henrik, a Danish national, holds a finance degree from Copenhagen Business School as well as having completed various executive studies at Colombia, Harvard and IMD business schools.



Marina Wyatt was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in March 2019. Marina has more than 20 years of experience in senior finance leadership roles as Chief Financial Officer of UBM Plc, TomTom NV, Colt Telecom Plc and Psion Plc. Marina is currently a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Renewi Plc and supervisory board member of Lucas Bols NV. Marina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a geography degree from Cambridge University.

Non-executive directors

Prateek Maheshwari

Prateek Maheshwari joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in September 2019. He is a Managing Director in OMERS Infrastructure Europe and is based in London. Prior to joining OMERS he was a Senior Principal in Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for 12 years where he has worked in Power, Energy and Transport sectors across US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to GIP, he worked as an Investment Banker with Dresdner Kleinwort, Barclays Capital and ICICI Bank in M&A, Leverage and Project Finance, DCM and Derivative structuring.


Prateek has a Bachelor of Engineering with a specialisation in Electrical and Industrial Electronics. He also has a Masters in Finance from London Business School and an MBA from HEC Paris.

Birgit Nørgaard

Birgit Nørgaard joined the board of Associated British Ports Holdings in September 2019. She has significant board experience from both public and private companies as well as from her executive career. Current Directorships include WSP Inc., a leading global consulting engineering company, since 2013, DSV A/S, a leading global freight forwarder, since 2010, IMI Plc. from 2012 and NCC AB, a leading Scandinavian contractor, since 2017. Other positions in privately held companies include, among others, Chairman of Norisol A/S, a provider of technical insulation among other, Vice-Chairman of NNE A/S, a consulting engineering company specializing in pharmaceutical facilities, two funds of funds investing in Private Equity and Venture Capital and vice Chairman of the Danish State’s IT Council. In addition, Birgit has held several Non-Executive positions in companies or institutions with relation to the engineering, construction and energy sectors. Her executive background includes being CEO of The Carl Bro Group A/S, COO of Grontmij NV and prior to that Executive Vice President of Danisco Distillers and consultant with McKinsey. She holds a M.Sc. (Econ) from the Copenhagen Business School and MBA from INSEAD in France.

Tony Quinlan

Tony Quinlan joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in September 2019. He joined Laird PLC as Chief Financial Officer in July 2015 and was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2016.  After delivering a significant turnaround, he led the sale of the Group to Advent International in June 2018, providing a substantial premium to shareholders. He now serves as a Non-Executive Director for the retained and now independent businesses: Laird Performance Materials, Laird Connectivity and Laird Thermal Systems. 

Prior to joining Laird, Tony worked as Group Finance Director at Drax PLC, a FTSE 250 electricity generation business supplying circa 7% of UK electricity. As well as Finance, Tony also held other roles, including Communications, Risk, IT, Procurement, Facilities, US Business Development and other ad-hoc strategic projects, spending a total of six years at the company. Before Drax, Tony worked for a long period at major UK retailer Marks & Spencer, where he held a number of senior positions within Internal Audit, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Financial Control, before being appointed Deputy Finance Director in 2005.

Between 2012 and 2018 Tony was also on the Board of the Port of London Authority (PLA), the organisation responsible for the commercial activities on the River Thames, as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2014. He also Chaired the Audit Committee. Born and raised in London, Tony studied for a degree in Chemistry with Business Studies, graduating in 1987 from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), Tony is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) by profession.

Eric Machiels

Eric Machiels joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in October 2017. Eric has been the Managing Director, Asset Management in the London office of OMERS Infrastructure since October 2017. His main focus is to drive the delivery of value growth within OMERS portfolio companies by advising management teams, while drawing on his prior executive background in turning around and growing private equity-owned companies. He also supports OMERS transaction teams during asset acquisitions. Prior to his position at OMERS Infrastructure, Eric served for eight years as CEO of Infinis Energy, a renewable energy company, after he was seconded into the business from Terra Firma Capital Partners. Before joining Terra Firma, Eric held executive positions within two portfolio companies held by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private US equity firm. Eric has a Licentiate in Law, magna cum laude, from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Robbie Barr

Robbie Barr joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in March 2019. He is as a senior advisor to OMERS Private Equity and Infrastructure in Europe. Robbie was Executive Chairman of Four Seasons Health Care from 2014-2018 and of Odeon & UCI Cinemas from 2012-2016. From 2009 to 2016 he was a Managing Director of the private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners. Prior to joining Terra Firma Robbie had senior finance roles at Vodafone Group plc including Group Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer of Vodafone’s operations outside Western Europe. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a MA in Mathematics from Oxford University.

Helen Newell

Helen Newell was appointed to the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in March 2019. Helen is a Senior Vice President in the GIC Infrastructure team, focused on Asset Management. Prior to joining GIC in October 2018, Helen worked in operations, governance and corporate roles for more than 20 years, primarily in the infrastructure, transportation and mining sectors, across Australia, North America and Africa. Most recently she was the Global Head of Risk for Rio Tinto, the FTSE100/ASX 50 global diversified mining company. Helen holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (Chicago), a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from University of NSW (Sydney), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Piotr Sochocki

Piotr Sochocki joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in April 2020. Piotr is an Executive Director at Wren House Infrastructure, based in London, and is responsible for the origination and execution of infrastructure investments with particular focus on EMEA power & utilities and US transportation sectors.

Piotr is a board member and leads asset management at Viesgo, a large Spanish integrated power utility and one of Wren House’s portfolio companies. In the past Piotr also served as a board member at other Wren House’s portfolio companies, including North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP) and Thames Water in the UK and Global Power Generation in Spain.

Prior to joining Wren House in November 2016, Piotr was a Director in the Energy & Power investment banking team of BofA Merrill Lynch in London where he spent nearly 12 years.

Piotr graduated summa cum laude from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland with two MA degrees in Finance and in Management, and is a CFA charter holder.

John Rishton

John Rishton joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in November 2016. He is a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committees at Unilever, Informa and Serco. He was appointed to the Board of MAF (Majid Al Futtaim) a subsidiary of a privately owned property business based in Dubai. He was previously a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committees at Rolls-Royce and Allied Domecq. John was Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce from 2011 until July 2015 when he retired. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Ahold, a Dutch supermarket company where he worked from 2006 until 2011. He previously worked for British Airways for 11 years and was CFO from 2001 until 2005. John started his executive career at Ford Motor Company where he worked for 16 years in the Finance Department. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has an economics degree from Nottingham University.

James Bryce

James Bryce joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in June 2018. He is Managing Director in Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's Portfolio Value Creation group, supporting management teams of individual investments to achieve full value potential. James also serves on the Board of Anglian Water. Prior to joining Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in 2012, James was Managing Director and Investment Committee member at Royal Bank Equity Finance (the private equity arm of RBS) where he spent 10 years focussed on private equity and infrastructure transactions. Prior to that, James worked in the private equity team at JP Morgan Capital and was a pension fund manager at Hambros Bank. James holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Philip Butcher

Philip Butcher was appointed Alternate Director in June 2016. He is a Principal at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and is based in London. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2012, Phil worked at Macquarie Capital in Toronto where he started out in the Telecom, Media, Entertainment and Technology advisory team, and subsequently moved to the Infrastructure advisory team working on principal transactions and 3rd party mandates. Phil holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Dmitry Yashnikov

Dmitry Yashnikov was appointed Alternate Director in November 2018. He is an associate director with OMERS Infrastructure’s European transaction team involved in the execution of new transactions and management of portfolio companies. Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure in October 2013, Dmitry worked in Citigroup’s European Transportation and Infrastructure M&A team in London. Dmitry holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Greg Pestrak

Greg Pestrak was appointed Alternate Director in January 2018. He is an Executive Vice President at Wren House Infrastructure, where his focus is on asset management across the portfolio which, in addition to Associated British Ports, includes other regulated and non-regulated global assets. Prior to joining Wren House, Greg was a partner in KPMG’s Global Strategy Group based in the UK, where he was the Infrastructure lead since 2009. Greg has over 17 years consulting experience, working with investors and corporates to drive performance improvement in response to transactions, changes in the market, customer or regulatory environment or financial pressure, bringing an independent and constructively challenging perspective to business and operating models. Greg’s recent experience includes leading engagements in the UK and Globally in the Water, Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Telecoms, Transport and Infrastructure Services sectors. Prior to his career in consulting, Greg worked in finance with Rothschild Asset Management and Jardine Fleming Asset Management in Hong Kong and the UK. Greg holds a Sloan Fellowship Masters in Management from the London Business School and a bachelor's degree from The University of King’s College, Canada.