Meet the members of Peel Ports Group’s Leadership team.
Peel Ports Group is the second largest port group in the UK, handling over 70 million tonnes of cargo per year and welcoming 14% of the UK’s total port traffic through its waters.
Claudio joined Peel Ports in 2021. He has over 25 years of experience working in infrastructure, logistics, property development and financing markets. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Kier Group Plc, the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure services contractor and Chief Operating Officer of Speedy Hire Plc, the UK’s largest provider of construction equipment rental services. Prior to his time in industry, Claudio spent 8 years in the investment banking advisory division of Rothschild & Co.
Ian joined Peel Ports in 2022 as Group Chief Financial Officer. He started his career in 1989, gaining a wealth of experience in several sectors, from infrastructure and facilities management to high-growth technology companies and start-ups. In his previous role, Ian was CFO for Govia Thameslink Railway, focusing on improving financial performance, commercial outcomes and an industry-defining digital transformation programme. Ian’s remit as Group CFO of Peel Ports includes overseeing the Finance, Legal and IT departments.
David has worked in logistics solutions for almost three decades, initially within the vehicle supply chain as Operations Director and for near two decades has held senior positions within both Hutchison Port Holdings and Peel Ports Group, holding a Board position at the latter since 2017. David now oversees the Groups Port and Marine operating business. He is also the Chairman of the Liverpool and Manchester Port Security Authority.
Lewis joined the Peel Ports board as Managing Director Port Services in October 2019. In this role, Lewis leads the groups HR, Capital Projects, Procurement, Environmental, Planning and Asset Management functions. Previously he has held the position of Finance Director for MediaCityUK, CFO of Peel Airports and a range of roles involving Finance, Operations and Acquisitions within Speedy Hire Plc.
Koert joined Peel Ports Group as Shipping Director four years ago. His previous roles include Operations Director at BG Freight Line, a position he held for eight years, working with BG Freight Line for a total of 22 years to develop their imports, exports and operations bases.
Stephen joined Peel Ports in 2009 as Head of Business Development for the Mersey Division before moving to his current group role, Commercial Director in 2017. During his time with Peel Ports, Stephen has played a leading role in strategic projects including the development of Liverpool2, and the development of port-centric warehousing throughout North-west England. Prior to joining Peel Ports, Stephen had a career in the energy and logistics sectors with BP and TDG.
Sebastian Gardiner has worked within the maritime sector for over 20 years, starting his career as a trainee shipbroker at Edward Nicholson and eventually became Managing Director of the company. In 2000, Sebastian set up Quality Freight UK, one of the UK’s leading shipping and freight forwarders. Sebastian now sits on the Peel Ports Executive Board after Peel Ports Group acquired Quality Freight UK in 2019.