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Regional Director, Humber, Simon Bird to step down in October 2024

Associated British Ports (‘ABP’), the UK’s leading port operator, has announced that Simon Bird will be stepping down from his role as Associated British Ports Regional Director for the Humber in October following nine successful years with the company.

The shareholders and Executive Board colleagues would like to express their sincere gratitude to Simon for the significant contribution he has made to the company.

During his tenure as Regional Director, Simon has been instrumental in driving forward significant change in the region including; improving health and safety standards for the benefit ABP employees and other port users, significantly boosting viability, bringing forward large projects that enable de-carbonisation and support the green energy transition and bringing forward the significant land purchases such as at Stallingborough. Simon has also been instrumental in securing the Humber Freeport, which he now chairs.

Simon’s impressive career spans over 28 years as a senior leader in the ports sector in the UK. He began his industry career in the maritime and ports sector on the Board of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (now Peel ports), He went on to be CEO at Bristol Port Company before joining ABP’s Executive Board as regional Director for the Humber Region in 2015. He served on the Board of all three Ports companies as well as serving as deputy chair and then chair of the UK Major Ports Group, and Port Advisor to the UK Government.

Simon has been an honorary captain in the Royal Naval Reserve since 2014 and he has continued to support the Navy whilst carrying out his role as Regional Director, something in which he takes immense pride.