A new role has been created at the flourishing Port of Tyne to drive forward its ambitious development plans.
Paul Foster has been appointed as director of projects, a newly-created post that will utilise his experience as a project director.
Before joining the port Foster was project director for an international renewable energy business based in Manchester.
His career began with 15 years’ service in the Royal Engineers before he moved into the construction industry, managing multi-million pound projects across Europe, South Africa and Mexico.
With extensive project management experience in the defence, renewable energy, building and civil engineering sectors, he will take responsibility for strategic infrastructure projects planned for the port’s estate both north and south of the River Tyne.
This includes the project delivery of the potential £180m project to expand the port’s wood pellet handling, storage and transport operations.
He said: “I have joined the port at an exciting time and am looking forward to seeing these plans through to fruition.
“I am relishing the unique challenge of delivering the wood pellet project with its particular technical demands and its significant impact on investment and jobs in the area.
“I am fortunate to have a great team and I’m looking forward to being an integral part of the team that is delivering the projects that will secure the Port’s long term future,” said Paul.
Andrew Moffat, the Port of Tyne’s chief executive officer added: “With his extensive background in managing huge infrastructure projects around the world and particularly in the renewable energy sector, Paul brings a wealth of expertise to this key role and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”
The port is the largest handler of wood pellet in Europe and development plans have been drawn up to enhance its existing storage and handling facilities serving power generating customers in the UK.
It recently announced record cargo volumes last year and assesses its impact on the regional economy at £507m in 2013, with the number of jobs it supports in the region standing at 10,500.