Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive
British Ports Association

Richard Ballantyne is the Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, an organisation that represents the interests of UK ports, terminal operators and port facilities to the UK and devolved Governments, as well as the EU, national and international bodies. He joined the Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive in 2016.

He represents the BPA to a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and European Committees. Richard has in depth expertise in ports, transport and environment policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK.

He sits on the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Executive Committee, the Maritime UK Board and is also a Director of Port Skills and Safety. Before joining the BPA he spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.


Investment in Port Terminals
Wednesday 19th May 2021, 3:30PM – 4:45PM BST
The discussion of emerging technologies and the adoption of automation equipment are nothing without the discussion of the business case. This session will discuss where investment dollars should be allocated to get the best return in the terminal, and how to source the funding for projects. Why should technology solutions be included in the planning phase of infrastructure projects and what are the potential benefits?