Humber ports figurehead to help drive Grimsby-area's economy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Apr 2019

PORT operations drive Grimsby’s economy, and now a key figure at ABP is helping drive the regeneration and growth agenda across North East Lincolnshire. 

Dafydd Williams, head of corporate affairs and communications in the Humber, has taken the chair at the private-led partnership board, where sector leads in business unite with public-focused education, health and civic stakeholders.

Mr Williams is no stranger to civic duty, having previously served as leader of York City Council, before his time with the port giant.  

It comes as North East Lincolnshire has appointed an interim director for economy and regeneration, Clive Tritton, following Angela Blake’s new year departure to West Yorkshire

Mr Williams said: “The work of the board is a really important way of looking at the value we bring to North East Lincolnshire, the jobs, growth and prosperity.

“It is a great way for lots of different sectoral groups to come together. There is a lot of really good work to be done, and I think we have a pretty good handle on what the challenges are, and we are now focusing on what we do, how we work together to make it happen. 

“There is a lot of optimism around the table, there are so many good things ongoing, lots of activity, and a lot to be excited about.”

The appointments come with the opportunities held by the Grimsby Town Deal - a pilot from Government - anticipated, with South Humber Industrial Investment Programme also ready to bear fruit. 

Mr Williams succeeds Mark Webb, E-Factor managing director, and works with the likes of Simon Dwyer, the Seafood Grimsby and Humber representative; David Talbot, chief executive of Catch for the process industries; Andy Goudie, chairman of Grimsby Renewables Partnership and Chris Carr, a respected local housebuilder who helps shape national construction policy.  

Having joined ABP in January 2017, he was tasked with raising the profile of the ports and the contribution they make to the region. 

The father-of-two joined from Yorkshire Water, having also previously worked as a PR agency account director, while sitting as a magistrate. He holds a degree in politics and modern history from the University of Wales, and is also a member of the Consultation Institute. 

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