The Port of Tyne is one of the largest Trust Ports in the UK and is home to the service base for the world’s biggest wind farm at Dogger Bank for Equinor and SSE – part of an ever-increasing green energy cluster based on the Tyne.  We’re also the UK’s second biggest car exporter, handle 40% of the UK’s and run a busy regional centre for cruise and ferries.  In addition, we’re responsible for some of the most innovative projects in the maritime industry, including an international data sharing project, the UK’s first port-wide 5G network, skills development programmes and the UK’s first and only Maritime Innovation Hub.  This has created a unique development platform that we are transforming into a major logistics hub and a thriving offshore cluster at the Port. 

We are a trust port with independent statutory authority, and are controlled by an independent board.  We have no shareholders or owners and operate solely for the benefit of our community of stakeholders. All of our profit is reinvested into growing and developing our Port.  Our mission is to create a vibrant and sustainable Port, contributing to the growth of the economy, and to hand on the Port in a better condition to future generations. Our vision is to be the UK’s safest, most progressive customer-focused and environmentally sustainable port – as well as a great place to work!

Lucy Armstrong Chair

Matthew Beeton Chief Executive

Why the Port of Tyne is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

As a Trust Port we can offer an insight into a progressive and innovative commercial organisation which also has a wide stakeholder base regionally and nationally.  This will provide an opportunity to understand not only the business’s commercial challenges and opportunities but also its engagement strategies with local and national government and other regional stakeholders.  

We have already hosted one individual in 2021 as part of the Cabinet Office NXD Mentoring Scheme as well as a Board Apprentice in 2022.  These were enormously positive experiences that we are seeking to build on and develop.   We are looking to create an open and collaborative working environment for the individual who joins us, with attendance at all board and sub-committee meetings and access to all board materials via our online portal.   

We see the Boardroom Apprentice Scheme as a mutually beneficial experience for both parties.  In particular, we welcome the diversity of thought and fresh perspective it brings to our boardroom as well as the additional challenge to existing ways of working.  We aim to provide an understanding of the operation of a non-executive board and there will also be opportunities to join Board engagement sessions with colleagues.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to become a non-executive board member to develop confidence in a board setting, build their network and understand the skills required to undertake the role.  It also offers the opportunity to be part of a progressive organisation which is looking to bring long term investment and jobs to the North East.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Board meetings take place on site at the Port of Tyne in South Shields (six per year).  Bi-monthly update calls take place virtually.  Subcommittee meetings take place virtually

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

• Board meetings take place bi-monthly – normally 9:30am – 12noon

• Bi-monthly update calls are usually 08:30am – 09:30am on the last Friday of the month

• Subcommittee meetings take place virtually

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)


Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2023 – December 2023)