The boss of the company which runs Teesport has been crowned the North-East’s business executive of the year at an awards ceremony.
David Robinson, the chief executive of PD Ports, was singled out by judges of the North East Business Executive Awards for the huge challenges he has overcome in his 10-year role at the helm.
The Teesport supremo is the feature and cover star of the new Tees Business magazine for winter 2016, which is out next week.
As he gave us a guided tour of the docklands and quays in the High Tide Adventure vessel (pictured above), Robinson talked openly about the challenges facing Teesside today, as well as his optimism for the region, in our exclusive interview.
Watch out for the winter 2016 issue of Tees Business out next week and online soon!
With a career in the maritime sector spanning 22 years, Robinson has used his experience and expertise to diversify operations and promote continued investment across the business.
At Teesport, almost £1 billion of investment has been attracted and secured both by PD Ports and third parties over the last 10 years to underpin growth and development.
During his time as CEO, Robinson has attracted investment from some of the UK’s largest retailers including Asda and Tesco and led a significant expansion programme of Teesport container terminal as well as playing a pivotal role in securing the £650m Tees renewable energy plant build.
“The success of our business is down to our people, their skills and leadership qualities,” he said.
“We aspire and we are determined to be not just a leading company in the Tees Valley but in the UK and, in particular, the North of England.
“One of the key ways to be a leading company is to have the best people, and I believe we have the very best of people at PD Ports.
“Together we are committed to driving further economic growth in the Tees Valley and the wider North.”
As well as his role at PD Ports, Robinson was praised by judges for his personal contribution to the High Tide Foundation, a charity which he co-founded in 2012 which aims to raise aspirations of young people on Teesside and increase employment opportunities.
So far, more than 80 companies have become members supporting 34 schools and over 4,000 young people have got involved.
The North East Business Executive Awards, organised by the Chronicle in Newcastle and its sister paper, the Teesside Gazette, honours the top business bosses in the Durham & Wearside, Teesside and Tyneside & Northumberland regions.