Geraint Evans, a former UK Government Special Adviser, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG). The UKMPG is a trade association that represents the largest port operators in the UK, who together act as the gateways for 75% of UK trade and invest £500 million annually in ports and infrastructure.

Currently a Partner at global consulting firm, Stonehaven, Evans will join UKMPG in May. Prior to Stonehaven, he served as a Special Adviser under three consecutive prime ministers, including David Cameron, Theresa May, and Boris Johnson. Evans’ experience in Whitehall departments and Parliament will be valuable to UKMPG. He was an early advocate for the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda and has been at the center of British politics during a historic period that included three general elections and an EU referendum in five years.

Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Geraint Evans said: “It is a privilege to be joining the UK Major Ports Group as Chief Executive at such a crucial time for the UK’s economic outlook. Our major ports across the country are central to a growing and sustainable economy. As many key parts of our economy transition, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support our major ports in helping the UK deliver sustainable economic growth across the country.”

UK Major Ports Group Chairman, Charles Hammond OBE said: “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Geraint Evans as the CEO of UKMPG.  Geraint has extensive experience of operating within Government at the highest levels and has a proven track record of developing and influencing policy.  We look forward to welcoming Geraint to UKMPG, at this crucial time, when the role of ports is continuing to adapt to support the UK economy transition to a low carbon future.”