LEADER of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill spoke this week after hearing the news that Port of Tilbury Chief, Perry Glading would be moving on 31 March next year.
Speaking on Friday 9 September, he said: “Whilst I’m extremely pleased Perry is moving on to his next adventure, I’m very sad to see a friend of Thurrock leave.
“He is the Chair of the Thurrock Business Board, giving our business community a legitimate voice locally, regionally and nationally.
“Perry represents Thurrock at the South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and was instrumental in securing significant local growth fund grants for Thurrock and the wider South Essex region.
“Perry is a great believer of ongoing development and investment in his employees and local community, which is exemplified by 55 per cent of Tilbury Port’s management team starting on the shop floor – not to mention employing almost 20% of the working population in Thurrock.
“Under Perry’s stewardship, the organisation has been extremely supportive of the local area in terms of getting vulnerable people, and those who are long term unemployed, back into work. The direct partnership between the Port, Council and Job Centre Plus – as well as other partners – have supported a large number of people over the years back into employment.
“In addition, the East of England Training Academy, established at the Port, provides many development sessions to support the local unemployed population, giving qualifications to people where there are gaps in the workforce."
He added: “He has overseen a Â£1 billion capital investment programme which will double throughput at the port to 33 million tonnes per annum and triple direct employment to 9000. The results have already started to be seen with the announcement of Amazon’s fulfilment centre based at the Port.
“Thurrock and I will miss his calm, measured and down to earth approach. He is the definition of a friend to Thurrock and we are sad to see him move on. That said, we also wish him the best of luck for his future endeavours and look forward to continuing the good partnership between our organisations.”