Senior staff take roles at Albany port

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New Chief Commercial Officer for Southern Ports Simon Gavin.
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Southern Ports has appointed two new senior staff at the Albany Port.

Robin Liley has been hired as Albany’s new harbourmaster.

Mr Liley has an international maritime career spanning more than 40 years.

The move will guarantee that each port in Southern Ports amalgamation will have a harbourmaster permanently based in the town.

This is part of a decision by Southern Ports, to restore a dedicated harbourmaster to each of its three ports, although they are only required to have one across all three sites.

Simon Gavin has been appointed the authority’s chief commercial officer.

Mr Gavin, who has a background in finance, commercial negotiations and airports, will be moving his family to Albany.

“I have travelled extensively for work over many years. Now with three young children between four and nine years, my wife and I are looking forward to settling into the community,” he said.

Southern Ports Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said the appointment of the staff is an important step towards achieving their vision of ‘strong regional ports, strong regions’.

“We have a long term vision for the ongoing success of all of our ports,” he said.

“Appointing the key roles of Harbour Master and Chief Commercial Officer to the City of Albany reflects the ongoing importance of the Port of Albany within our network.”

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