Meet the DP World in the UK senior management team. Its members bring extensive experience from across the maritime, shipping and logistics industries.
Managing Director, UK & CEO
London Gateway Chris has worked in the container terminal industry for over 30 years, formerly as CEO of Hutchison Ports UK, before joining DP World Southampton in February 2010 as Managing Director.
During his tenure there, Chris oversaw the development and opening of the terminal’s single biggest, deep-water berth that can handle the largest container ships in the world and, under his leadership, Southampton became the UK's number one performing container terminal in the UK. More recently, Chris was appointed UK Managing Director, DP World, looking after Southampton and DP World London Gateway, where he is also the Chief Executive Officer.
DP World Southampton
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.
Chief Finance Officer, UK
Ian is a chartered accountant and has been in the port industry for over 10 years. An Oxford graduate, Ian has previously worked with Chase Manhattan (now JP Morgan), PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gazelle Corporate Finance undertaking a range of corporate finance roles. During his time with DP World, Ian has worked in Business Development in Dubai and London, most recently as DP World’s deputy head of Business Development. Ian, who has run over 50 marathons and six ultramarathons, has been on the board of both London Gateway Port and London Gateway Park Development Company since 2010.
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.
Aart Hille Ris Lambers
Head of Commercial, Southampton
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. At DP World Southampton, Aart is responsible for developing and executing the commercial strategy.
Marketing & Communications Manager, Southampton
Claire has been responsible for marketing and communications at DP World Southampton since 2010. She has a background in the ports, transport and logistics industry, having started her career at Associated British Ports. Before joining DP World, she worked for five years in local government on commercial and residential property re-development. Claire drives the marketing and communications strategy at DP World Southampton, managing both internal and external relations. Notable projects during her eight years have included launching the UK’s first container weighing system and overseeing the opening of the terminal’s £150m new deep-water berth and yard expansion.