Our Staff

Meet the BPA team.

Mark Simmonds, Richard Ballantyne, Sara Walsh and Shenaz Bussawon.

                             To make contact with the individual team members please see their biographies below.

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive

Richard Ballantyne joined the Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive and Director of the BPA in 2016.

He represents the BPA to a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and European Committees.

Richard has in depth expertise in ports, transport and environment policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK.

He sits on the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Executive Committee, the Maritime UK Board and is also a Director of Port Skills and Safety.

Before joining the BPA he spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.

Mark Simmonds

Policy Manager

Mark Simmonds joined the Association as Policy Manager in 2016 and leads on environmental and technical policy issues. He is also the Association Secretary and is a member of the BPA Council.

Before joining the BPA he spent five years working for an MP in the House of Commons as a senior researcher and speechwriter, focusing on business and technology policy.

Prior to that he worked in Government as a policy advisor and a Business and Systems Analyst at the Dreyfus Corporation, part of the Bank of New York Mellon in the USA.

Shenaz Bussawon

Personal Assistant and Office Manager

Shenaz will be helping us organise our events and will also be looking after much of the BPA’s finances, website, communications and general administration so you will no doubt start to see messages from her.


Prior to the BPA, Shenaz had worked within the retail wholesale sector as PA, office manager and wholesales assistant within various footwear brands. 

Sara Walsh

Corporate Services Manager

Sara Walsh joined the BPA in 2016 and is responsible for all the association’s membeship services and finances. 

She also has responsibility for the organisation of the BPA’s two flagship events; the Annual Conference and the AGM Lunch.

Prior to joining the BPA, Sara worked as a member of the events team and Assistant Company Secretary at Energy Networks Association, the trade body for UK electricity and gas distribution and transmission operators.