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Meet the team

Meet the DP World in the UK senior management team. Its members bring extensive experience from across the maritime, shipping and logistics industries. 

Ernst Schulze

Chief Executive Officer, UK

Ernst joined DP World UK in September 2019 from DP World Ecuador where he held the position of CEO. While in Ecuador Ernst worked on establishing a new company in the Americas region, building a deep water port, Logistics Park and inland barge terminal for Ecuador. Ernst has been in the ports and logistic industry for over 25 years starting his career in the 1990’s at the Port of Rotterdam before moving to the UK port of Felixstowe. Throughout his career, Ernst has also held senior roles globally in Embraport Brazil, ATI Manila and GMP France.


Nick Loader

Chief Operating Officer, UK

Nick gained an Economics degree from the University of Bath and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He spent 13 years with P&O in various roles including Finance Director of Associated Bulk Carriers plc and Finance Director of P&O Ferries Portsmouth. He worked for a number of years with Carnival plc before joining Southampton Container Terminals (now DP World Southampton) as Finance Director in 2005. Nick became CEO of DP World Southampton in April 2016 and led the company to record levels of throughput and productivity. In February 2018 Nick became UK COO for DP World and, in that role, is responsible for port operations at Southampton and London Gateway.

Alan Shaoul

Chief Financial Officer, UK

Alan has been appointed UK Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at DP World, reporting to Chris Lewis and based at London Gateway. Alan has worked in the ports and terminal sector in a variety of financial and operational roles since 2003, most recently as Business Development Director in the European regional office of DP World. Prior to this, he was Executive Director within EY’s Corporate Finance team, Group Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance of Euroports Holdings and held several roles within P&O Ports. He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cass business School. As Chief Financial Officer for DP World in the UK, Alan is responsible for managing the company’s finances - including financial planning, management of financial risks and financial reporting - as well as leading on business development and sustainability.


Aart Hille Ris Lambers

UK Commercial Director

Aart joined DP World Southampton in 2009 after five years in business development at APM Terminals in Panama, where he was responsible for the development of new port projects in Central & South America. Aart is from The Netherlands and he built his career in shipping there with roles at NedLloyd Lines and Van Ommeren Shipping. He holds a Masters degree in Maritime Business Studies from Delft University of Technology; completed a leadership program at Columbia Business School; and speaks five languages. In November 2018, Aart was appointed UK Commercial Director and is responsible for developing and executing the commercial strategy across the UK.

Steve McCrindle

Port Operations Director, Southampton

Steve has built his career at DP World, climbing through the ranks during 20+ years of service. Having started his professional life as a sign writer and instrument engineer, Steve first joined DP World Southampton in 1995 as a Terminal Operator Apprentice and has developed with the business through a number of operational roles including Landside Manager and Head of Operations. Knowing the business inside out, Steve was the natural choice for Port Operations Director and was appointed in February 2018. In his current role, he manages both the operational and engineering functions at the terminal.

Charmain Browning

Head of People, UK

Charmain joined DP World Southampton in March 2019 as HR Manager and, in August, she was appointed to Head of People UK. Charmain began her career in HR as an apprentice with Southampton City Council where she worked for just over 11 years in various HR roles. She then moved to Capita to work as part of the business transformation project establishing the new HR & Payroll Services Centre in Southampton, most recently, worked as the People Director at a national security and defence business for 6 years.
She is a fellow of the CIPD and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from University of Portsmouth. She is a Non-Executive Director for the Bourne Education Trust, which is about supporting schools to ensure they developing talent for the future within the UK. At DP World, Charmain is responsible for creating and implementing the UK People strategy and for all aspects of the employee lifecycle across the UK.