Chris Martin

Chris Martin

New chairman for the Port of Milford Haven

Pembrokeshire entrepreneur Chris Martin has been named as the new chairman of the Port of Milford Haven, the UK's largest energy port.

Chris Martin has been appointed by the secretary of state for transport and will take up the post on 1 August 2017.

Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Martin has been vice chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become non-executive chairman. 

For the majority of his career he has been a successful entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire.

In more recent years he has fulfilled a number of non-executive and voluntary roles, being chairman of four successive health organisations in west Wales and the lead chairman of all health organisations in Wales from 2009 to 2014. 

He is also currently a non-executive with Alliance Healthcare Distribution (UK) Ltd, managing director of his own property development company, deputy chairman of the Bevan Commission and a member of the Marie Curie Wales advisory board.

Martin succeeds Peter Jones who, in stepping down from the post of chairman at the end of July, will be drawing to a close an active involvement in the management of UK ports that first began in 1977 and whose career included being chief executive of the UK’s two largest port groups.

Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: “The Port of Milford Haven is a critical gateway for the UK economy. I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to play a leading role as non-executive chairman.

"As the port moves forward with exciting new developments I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and the executive team to ensure that it continues to be a safe and successful business delivering high quality infrastructure and services and generating growth and employment."