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Robin Mortimer joined the Port of London Authority (PLA) as Chief Executive in March 2014. The PLA is a £50m turnover, 350 staff, Trust Port, responsible for the River Thames from Teddington to the North Sea. Leading the organisation through a period of significant growth, as the Port of London is the second largest and fastest growing major port in the UK.
Prior to joining the PLA, Robin worked in the UK Government from 1994. Between 1996 and 2001, he was Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and three Secretaries of State for transport, environment and communities. After a secondment to the NHS, Robin joined Defra in 2004 as Deputy Director covering rural policy, and later led work on the Climate Change Act. In 2007, he became a Director in Defra where his roles included setting up the UK's Climate Change Adaptation programme, creating the Canal & River Trust and directing programmes on farming and the natural environment.
Robin is a trustee of two charities – the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge and Thames 21. He rows regularly on the Thames.