The boss of one of the borough’s biggest employers has been handed a royal honour.
Andrew Moffat, chief executive at Port of Tyne, has been named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours List.
Mr Moffat was recognised for his services to the North East England Economy and UK ports.
He said: “I was very surprised and absolutely overwhelmed to receive the letter offering me this honour. It is a huge privilege and I believe it is recognition not for me but for the exceptional teams of people I have worked with over the years, all of whom have been open to ideas and willing to go the extra mile to achieve the best we could for the North East and the national economy. I am indebted to all of them.
“During my career I have been fortunate in having the opportunities to gain experience in a number of sectors, both nationally and internationally and consider myself very lucky in being able to return to the region several years ago and become chief executive of the Port of Tyne.
“I am passionate about the ports industry. How much they contribute to business and trade is often underestimated. We all have some challenges ahead, I will be continuing to make sure our ports remain top of the agenda in supporting this region’s manufacturers and businesses and helping ensure the North East benefits from the opportunities ahead.”