New director to deliver continued success at the Port of Southampton

April 5, 2016

As announced in November, Nick Ridehalgh, ABP Director Southampton, is stepping down from his role and from ABP, with his last day Friday, 8 April.

Alastair Welch, who has extensive experience of the transport sector, including Heathrow’s Terminal 4 and London Southend Airport, will shortly be joining ABP as Director, Southampton.

ABP Chief Executive James Cooper said: “I would like to thank Nick for his service to ABP and the Port of Southampton and wish him well for the future.

“Alastair brings extensive operational, business development and customer service skills and experience to ABP. I am confident that under his guidance the Port of Southampton will reach new heights.”

Alastair, who starts at ABP on Monday, 9 May, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to build on Southampton’s track record of success.

“Southampton is a world renowned port that plays a vital role in the economy of the region and the UK as a whole. I feel enormously privileged to have been asked to lead the team here to ensure it continues to thrive."

Nick, who has been with ABP since 1991 and was appointed Director, ABP Southampton, at the start of 2014, said: “There is a fantastic team at the port and I am proud of everything we have achieved together. I wish Alastair every success. I leave confident that the Port of Southampton is set for a bright future.”