East Midlands Freeport hires former Levelling Up man as CEO

Tom Newman-Taylor

East Midlands Freeport (EMF), the UK’s only inland freeport, has appointed Tom Newman-Taylor as CEO.

Newman-Taylor will take up the position in March after spells in Government having latterly held positions in the Department for Levelling Up, Communities and Housing (DLUHC) and Department for Transport.

He also spent a period in industry as commercial projects lead with Associated British Ports where he was responsible for establishing ABP’s port master planning programme.

EMF chair, Nora Senior CBE, said: “We are delighted to have attracted an individual of the calibre and with the experience that Tom brings. His knowledge of Government departments and policies will be a significant advantage in allowing the Freeport to access and build on trade and innovation opportunities to the benefit of prospective occupiers on the site.”

Newman-Taylor added: “I am hugely excited by the potential which EMF offers to bring growth to a strategically significant part of the UK. A successful Freeport will bring lasting benefits to the East Midlands by attracting significant new investment and creating high quality jobs for the communities who live around our sites. I cannot wait to help realise this ambition and help bring together local public and private sector partners on behalf of the East Midlands and the UK.”