The judges cited the challenges David has overcome in his role as chief executive and the significant success he has led the business to achieve. David was acknowledged for his contribution to the Tees Valley LEP and his achievement with the formation of a Northern Ports Association.
With a 22-year career in the maritime sector, David has used his experience and expertise to diversify operations and promote continued investment across the business.
At Teesport, almost £1 bn of investment has been attracted and secured both by PD Ports and third parties over the last 10 years to underpin growth and development.
As well as focusing on business, David is committed to supporting the local community co-founding the High Tide Foundation in 2012whichaims to raise aspirations of young people on Teesside and increase employment opportunities.
So far, more than 80 companies have become members supporting 34 schools and over 4,000 young people have got involved.