UKMPG is the trade body that speaks for the UK's major port operators, who together provide the gateways for 75% of UK trade and invest £500 million a year in UK ports and infrastructure. Evans joins UKMPG in May from global consultancy Stonehaven, where he was a partner. Prior to Stonehaven, Evans was a special advisor to three successive Prime Ministers - David Cameron, Theresa May and most recently Boris Johnson.
Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Geraint Evans said: "It is a privilege to join the UK Major Ports Group as Chief Executive at such a crucial time for the UK's economic prospects. Our major ports across the country are central to a growing and sustainable economy. With so many key parts of our economy in transition, I am delighted to have the opportunity to support our major ports in helping the UK to deliver sustainable economic growth across the country.
Evans brings extensive experience of Whitehall departments and Parliament, having been an early champion of the 'Levelling Up' agenda, and joins UKMPG having been at the centre of UK politics during a historic period of three general elections and an EU referendum in five years.
Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group, Charles Hammond OBE, said: "We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Geraint Evans as CEO of UKMPG. Geraint has extensive experience of working at the highest levels of government and has a proven track record of developing and influencing policy. We look forward to welcoming Geraint to UKMPG at this crucial time as the role of ports continues to adapt to support the UK economy's transition to a low carbon future".
The UK Major Ports Group is the trade association for the UK's major port operators. It represents nine of the ten largest port operators in the UK. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK's port volumes through 40 ports. These include the largest ports in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UKMPG members already collectively invest around £500 million per annum in the UK's ports and related infrastructure.