Business & Economy
PD Ports’ HR director Russ McCallion honoured with OBE
January 6, 2022
A port firm’s HR director has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
Russ McCallion, of Teesport operator PD Ports, is now an OBE.
Russ – who joined PD Ports from London-Luton Airport in 2002 – has been acknowledged for services to business and the Tees Valley community.
During his career with PD Ports, Russ [pictured below] has led various restructuring programmes and played a significant role in helping Teesport gain numerous accreditations.
Until recently, he was also a governor at the Education Training Collective, which runs colleges and learning sites across Teesside.
Frans Calje, PD Ports’ chief executive, said: “Russ has been an asset to the business for the past 20 years.
“His knowledge and expertise has been vital in enabling PD Ports to become the progressive, industry-leading business that it is today, while also driving opportunities for the next generation.
“We are incredibly proud of all that Russ has achieved during his career and this recognition is richly deserved.”
Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ chief operating officer and vice chairman, added: “Russ has been both the heart and the engine driving the transformation in respect of our cultural sensibility to health and safety over the last two decades.
“I suspect he will act with his customary humility at receiving this honour, but it is entirely deserved and goes to one of the true leaders in our industry.”
Mark White, chair of governors at the Education Training Collective, echoed the praise, highlighting Russ’ “passion for excellence”.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to congratulate Russ on this fabulous honour.
“He served for many years as a very active and influential governor of our college group.
“His insight and passion for excellence have played a huge part in the success of our students, our colleges in Billingham, Redcar, Stockton and Thornaby, and our thriving employer partnerships.”