Key people

Our Executive Team

Mark Whitworth
Chief Executive Officer

Mark has been Chief Executive Officer of Peel Ports since July 2010, prior to which he was Chief Executive Officer of Peel Airports. Mark started his career as an Operations Manager for Marks & Spencer plc, before spending 12 years at Speedy Hire plc in various Managing Director roles.


Graeme Charnock

Graeme Charnock
Chief Financial Officer 

Graeme joined the Peel Ports board as Chief Financial Officer in 2011 and oversees the financial activities across the whole of the Peel Ports Group. Previously he has held roles as Chief Financial Officer for Invensys Rail and Finance Director for AMEC Group Limited, the principal trading company of AMEC plc.

David Huck

David Huck
Managing Director – Group Ports    

David has worked in logistics solutions for over 24 years, initially within the vehicle supply chain as Operations Director and for the last 14 years has held senior positions within both Hutchison Port Holdings and Peel Ports Group. In 2010 David joined Peel Ports Group, holding the positions of Head of Port Operations, Port Director and Deputy Chief Operating Officer and has held a Board position since 2017. David now oversees the Groups Port and Marine operating business, which includes Port Director teams, Group Marine and 7 UK Statutory Harbour Authorities. He is also the Chairman of the Liverpool and Manchester Port Security Authority.

Gary Hodgson

Gary Hodgson
Managing Director - Port Logistics 

With a background in mechanical engineering, Gary worked for some of the world’s major consumer electronics manufacturers prior to joining Peel Ports in 2008.

 His previous experience includes senior positions within Philips, the global technology firm, where he was part of the management team for the electronics manufacturing division. During his time at Philips, Gary managed one of the largest UK restructuring projects for the firm. He also oversaw a major transfer of facilities from the West to the East of England.

 Prior to joining Peel Ports, Gary was Operations Director at Thorn Lighting, where he initially led on UK operations before leading the organisation as it expanded into Asia. As Operations Director for Asia, he was based in South East China with responsibility for developing a manufacturing and logistics base in China to serve Asia, Australia and Europe.

 Gary joined Peel Ports in 2008 as Managing Director of Mersey Ports, which included the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal. In July 2014 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for the Peel Ports Group.

Julia Bradley
Group Sales and Marketing Director

Julia is responsible for building the identity and profile of the organisation, as well as communicating and delivering business development propositions and initiatives to unlock value and create commercial advantage.

With over 25 years’ experience in highly competitive, FTSE 250 companies - or their equivalent - Julia is a commercially experienced sales and marketing professional in both B2C and B2B sectors. Before joining Peel Ports she was the Marketing Director at travel goods manufacturer Antler, and previous to that held a similar role with international food group Moy Park and McBride’s, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of household and personal care products.

Stephen Carr
Group Commercial Director

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. In this role, Stephen leads a team responsible for providing the group with market insights, analysis and an assessment of strategic opportunities, across all of its locations and commodity groups including energy, liquids, unitised trade and bulks. During his time with Peel Ports, Stephen has played a leading role in strategic projects including the development of Liverpool2, the growth in the use of the Manchester Ship Canal (as a multimodal logistics hub), 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.


Koert Luitwieler

Koert Luitwieler
Shipping Director

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.