Forth Ports promotes Michelle Primrose to chief people officer

Forth Ports chief people officerPorts group Forth Ports has promoted Michelle Primrose to the newly created role of chief people officer and has welcomed her to its executive board.

In her new role, Primrose will continue to focus on and have responsibility for a workforce of 1,300 employees across the group’s eight ports, who it states are at the core of its success.

She will play a critical part in the group’s long-term future and will be instrumental in developing talent and succession to meet its current and future strategic plans and aspirations, including its drive to achieve a Net Zero carbon operation by 2042.

Primrose joined Forth Ports as group HR manager in 2021, and has experience in the delivery of successful people-focused HR strategies and supporting a large workforce during a period of change and growth. Her previous roles have been at BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, AECOM and Sainsbury’s.

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Primrose said: “I am thrilled to be appointed to the role as chief people officer. The creation of this new role further demonstrates Forth Ports’ commitment to developing and upskilling our people across our UK operations. As part of my role we will focus on continuing to enhance diversity and inclusion as we build on our values and purpose.”

Charles Hammond OBE, group chief executive at Forth Ports, said: “As a group we are committed to employee growth and development supported by the attraction and retention of talent in our business which is crucial for our long-term success. Michelle’s passion for building a diverse and inclusive workplace aligns with our core values and we are excited about the positive impact that her new role will bring to the group.”