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
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.

Gary Hodgson

Managing Director - Port Logistics

Prior to joining Peel Ports Group, Gary worked for some of the world’s major consumer electronics manufacturers.

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 and now holds the position of Managing Director - Port Logistics overseeing new acquisitions. 

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 and has held a Board position 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 McIntrye

Managing Director Port Services

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 Luitwieler
CEO BG Freight Line

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 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. 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.


Seb Gardner - Quality Freight UK

Sebastian Gardiner
Managing Director Quality Freight UK

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.