Other Businesses

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.

Henrik L. Pedersen Chief Executive Officer

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 Columbia, Harvard and IMD business schools.

Marina Wyatt Chief Financial Officer

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 a Non-Executive Director of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and a Trustee of Lloyd’s Register Foundation. She is Chair of the Lloyd’s Register Group Audit and Risk Committee and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Audit, Risk and Investment Committee. Marina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a geography degree from Cambridge University.

Julian Walker Chief Commercial Officer and Regional Director, Wales and Short Sea Ports

Julian Walker became ABP Chief Commercial Officer in September 2019 and additionally Regional Director, Wales and Short Sea Ports in July 2023. Prior to joining ABP, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Cory Riverside Energy. He has also held senior roles at P&O Ports (now DP World), Euroports and, most recently Impala Terminals, which is part of the Trafigura Group, where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. He holds an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Francis Paonessa Capital Projects and Engineering Director

Francis Paonessa was appointed Capital Projects and Engineering Director of Associated British Ports (ABP) in April 2024. Francis joined ABP from Thames Water, where he led the capital projects portfolio. Prior to that, Francis was Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail where he headed up the UK’s largest programme of infrastructure delivery. Francis holds a PhD in Fluid Mechanics and a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Simon Bird Regional Director, Humber

Simon Bird joined the ABP Executive Board in September 2015 as the Humber Director, responsible for the four major ports of Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham. A highly respected professional in the world of business, he has brought with him to the role a wealth of experience including 15 years as Chief Executive of the Bristol Port Company. Whilst at Bristol, Simon served first as Vice-Chair and then as Chair of the UK Major Ports Group representing the Ports sector at a UK and international level. He also served for a time as the UK Government’s Senior Port Advisor. Prior to his role at the Port of Bristol, Simon held a number of roles as a Board Member at the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, International Water Limited and British Aerospace plc. Prior to starting his industrial career, Simon held a Short Service Commission with the Royal Navy. Simon is a Non Executive Director of KNOP ( a company which operates shuttle tankers globally), he serves on the Board of The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and is chair of the Humber Freeport. Simon also has an honorary commission in the rank of Captain in The Royal Naval Reserve.

Alastair Welch Regional Director, Southampton

Alastair joined ABP as Regional Director for the Southampton Region in May 2016. Prior to joining ABP Alastair spent much of his career in the aviation industry, where his degree in mechanical engineering, along with his accountancy experience, enabled him to support airlines and airports worldwide in strategy formulation, business and performance development and restructuring. This experience has helped develop Southampton’s profile as the UK’s number one export port, Europe’s number one cruise turnaround port, and a critical link in supply chains serving businesses and manufacturers throughout the nation.

Mike McCartain Group Director of Safety, Marine & Engineering

Mike McCartain joined ABP as Group Director of Safety, Engineering and Marine in April 2019 after having been the Director Marine and Compliance for two years.  Mike joined ABP from Carnival UK where he had been looking after the Cunard and P&O Cruise fleet, of 11 large cruise ships for four years as the Vice President Marine and HESS. 

Prior to this he served as a senior officer in the Royal Navy serving on operations world-wide for nearly three decades. 

In his spare time he is the Chairman of his local RNLI Lifeboat Station. 

Alison Rumsey Chief Human Resources Officer

Alison Rumsey joined ABP as Chief HR Officer in July 2019. Prior to ABP, Alison was Group HR Director and member of the Executive Committee at Network Rail.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Alison has over 30 years’ experience in providing HR leadership to major organisations for Infrastructure, Rail, Financial Services and Government.

Alison is proud to have been nominated for Chief HR officer of the year, EMEA leaders of distinction in 2017.

Angela Morgan General Counsel and Company Secretary

Angela Morgan has been the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Associated British Ports since 1 July 2019, having previously held the role of Senior Solicitor.  Angela has been at ABP for a number of years having first joined the legal team in 2008 and has extensive experience in dealing with the diverse range of matters which arise in relation to ABP.  Prior to ABP, Angela worked as a solicitor at leading law firms in both London and New Zealand. Angela holds a double degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Harm van Weezel Chief Information Officer

Harm van Weezel was appointed Chief Information Officer of Associated British Ports in February 2019. Harm joined ABP from Welcome Break, the largest UK motorway services operator where he was Chief Information Officer since August 2016. During his 20+ year IT career Harm has held a number of senior IT leadership positions with EDS/ATKearney, Accenture, Tesco, Mars and WPP. Harm holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University / Rotterdam School of Management.