The Port of Tyne is welcoming a new non-executive director to its board.

With over 30 years of experience in shipping, maritime safety and engineering, Mike Comerford is a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng), a Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA) and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI).

Mike brings a wealth of expertise to the Port of Tyne having held previous senior roles within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Lloyd’s Register and Bureau Veritas.

Mike Comerford, said: “I am really pleased to be joining the Port of Tyne at an exciting time for the future of the maritime sector. I hope my years of experience in every aspect of maritime activity will be an asset to the board.”

Mike is also a non-executive director of David MacBrayne Limited; one of the largest ferry operating groups in Scotland transporting five million passengers annually and operating 25 harbours within the UK.

Lucy Armstrong, Chair of the Port of Tyne, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mike on board, his wide ranging experience will further strengthen the team.”