Richard Ballantyne

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive

Richard Ballantyne joined the British Ports Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive in 2016.

He represents the BPA on a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and international committees.

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

He is a Director of Maritime UK, a Trustee of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board charity and was previously a Director of Port Skills and Safety Ltd.

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

Mark Simmonds

Mark Simmonds

Director of Policy & External Affairs

Mark Simmonds joined the Association in 2016 and leads on environmental and technical policy issues. He is also our main liaison for media and public affairs enquiries.

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.

Mobile: 07387090955

Shenaz Bussawon

Shenaz Bussawon

Events, Marketing & Programmes Manager

Shenaz manages website, main social media accounts, events, member communications.

She is also and part of the Maritime UK Diversity Network and an active member of the maritime careers initiative representing the UK ports sector at national and regional exhibitions and careers fairs.

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

Landline: 0207 260 1780

Mobile: 07551372504

Rhona Macdonald

Rhona Macdonald

Senior Sustainability Advisor

Rhona joined the association in 2021, focusing on environmental policy issues and sharing best-practice with UK ports to support and strengthen sustainability efforts within the sector.

Rhona acts as a focal point on sustainability policy issues for UK ports, collecting and disseminating good practice and welcoming opportunities to collaborate with BPA members within the area of climate change, the environment and sustainable development. Rhona also works closely with the International Association of Ports and Harbors and other collaborative partners on various sustainability programmes for ports.

Rhona joined the BPA following the completion of an MSc in Sustainability and Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Prior to her role, Rhona worked as a Sustainability Intern for the environmental NGO, Ninth Wave Global in Mexico, as well as executing research on the circular economy for Zero Waste Scotland.

Mobile: 07917909506

Eileen Salmon

Eileen Salmon

Corporate Services Manager

Eileen joined the British Ports Association in 2021, and looks after the Association’s finances, events, HR, governance, membership and administration.

Acting as the Association secretary, Eileen will play a key role in ensuring the smooth operation of the Association’s corporate services and ensure that the interests of our members are well represented. As the initial point of contact for queries regarding the BPA Constitution, she will ensure that the general governance of the Association adheres to the fundamental principles of the organisation’s regulations.

Eileen joined the BPA from the UK Chamber of Shipping, where she worked as the Conference, Events & Facilities Manager. Prior to this she worked for several years in primary education, with particular responsibility for analysing exam results and later managing the gifted and talented cohort. Previously she worked for British Telecom in the Property Management Division, working in a range of jobs from high profile fit-out projects to the strategic management of the BT estate in London and throughout the UK.

George Finch

George Finch

Policy & Economic Analyst

George joined the British Ports Association in November 2021 and leads on economic reporting, surveys, trade issues, and Scottish ports.

George joined the BPA after spending one year interning at the Department for International Trade in Taiwan, where he supported high value UK exporters and encouraged Taiwanese companies to take climate action. Before that, George studied International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Mobile: 07918635737

Zoe Ojo-Earl

Zoe Ojo-Earl

Finance and Administration Assistant

Zoe joined the British Ports Association in September 2023 and assists with the Association’s finances and administration.

Prior to the BPA, Zoe had worked within the financial sector as an operations assistant where she assisted investment teams with transactions, invoices and arrears. Zoe also sent time in the NHS working as a Medical Physics administrator at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Zoe is very excited to be joining the BPA and looking forward to visiting the British ports.