Our new Port Director for the Mersey cluster of ports, Simon Brown, explains the various reasons that attracted him to Liverpool and Peel Ports, and what his priorities are as the business continues to develop its supply chain offering.
There are fewer places in the world with a stronger maritime heritage than Liverpool. In my career in shipping and logistics I have had the good fortune of working in Europe, Asia, African and North America. Liverpool now feels like home.
Liverpool has been at the forefront of innovation and growth in its early years and its now doing it again. Looking from the outside, I’ve been really impressed with the investment in recent years by the Peel Ports Group in maritime infrastructure technology and – crucially – people.
Now I’ve joined the company, I’m responsible for all commercial and operational activities at Liverpool, Runcorn and the Manchester Ship Canal (excluding the two container terminals and RORO).
It’s a varied role, involving steel, agribulks and forest products. In addition to project cargo, dry and liquid bulks, warehousing, logistics and distribution, all delivered by a team of around 280 colleagues.
My number one priority will be supporting our team to be the best they can be, so we can create additional value for our customers whilst operating a world class health and safety environment.
My most recent job in particular has helped to prepare for this challenge. I spent the last three years as MD of Damco, a global supply chain and logistic provider, part of AP Moller Maersk Group based in Felixstowe. Unlocking trapped value for customers and engaging in long term partnerships was key. A vital part of that is to get even closer to our customers and to deeply understand their needs. Only by really understanding their business challenges can we partner and co create innovative solutions that drive and improve the environmental footprint across the supply chain. I am looking forward and very motivated to do the same at Peel Ports.
Peel Ports is leading the way in offering extra services that cargo owners need, such as warehousing and value added solutions. For us, that will always be complementary to traditional port services, not at the expense of them.
That means still being the number one choice for moving goods between ship and shore safely, securely and reliably. It’s from this solid foundation we can build new relationships with a broader range of customers and strengthen the connections we already have.
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