Solent Gateway

Our Team

SGL directly employs 94 people. Our dedication to customer service and commitment to exceed expectations ensures we remain at the forefront of the industry. 

Meet the team

Richard Parkinson
Port Director

Richard had a successful career as a logistics officer in the British Army, gaining wide experience in logistic policy, training, planning and operational delivery to sustain all types of military activity within the UK and across the world, often under extremely demanding conditions. Working in the Ministry of Defence’s Head Office in London, Richard worked with ministers, senior civil servants, and military personnel to develop departmental strategy with his final two positions in the army as director of army logistics and head of defence support chain operations in the rank of Brigadier. Richard then ran the MOD’s largest logistic transformation programme as a senior civil servant before taking on the role of port director for Solent Gateway Ltd. He has a proven track record in efficient and effective business units, logistic excellence, delivering complex transformation programmes and managing complex commercial relationships, including between the public and private sectors.
Chris Anderson
Head of Business Development

Chris started his career in finance with project and management asccountancy experience both in the UK and internationally. Now an experienced commercial ports professional, Chris has managed many commercial relationships from SMEs to very large multinationals and government services contracts. Committed to developing commercial long term partnerships Chris has a proven track record of supporting companies to realise their full potential by offering specialist commercial advice and access to ports and shipping lines.
Dean Tillbrook
SHEQ and FM Manager

After leaving the army, Dean began his safety and quality career working throughout the Middle East on petrochemical construction and oil field support projects. Since then, his career has included safety consultancy for emergency services and senior safety positions in port concessions in Africa, South America and regionally throughout Asia for international port operating companies. As a recognised health and safety practitioner, Dean has achieved professional and international recognition in supporting companies to reach the highest standards of safety culture of quality excellence.
Jan Tomkins
Business Support Manager

Jan spent the majority of her career with the Ministry of Defence in various commercial managerial roles within procurement, responsible for the purchase and repairs of high value military equipment. Her time with the MOD also included a secondment to the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) as an area commercial manager, responsible for securing commercial inspections for two thirds of all schools in England in support of the Government’s inspection programme. On return to the MOD, Jan changed direction and expanded her knowledge and skills by taking up new roles in HR policy and finance. This has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of business support.
Chris Symonds
Operations Manager

Previous experience includes: Extensive management of container terminal, general cargo and roll-on-roll-off cargo operations. An experienced Operations Manager within the ports industry with a proven track record of development of process, operational systems, port simulators, training and development and culture change. A Health and Safety practitioner and member of ICHCA International Safety Panel.
Scott Willmore
Project Manager

Following a four-year engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship, Scott started his career as a design engineer with BAE Systems. Following this, he moved into the ports sector as a draughtsman with Peel Ports Group where he spent the next 12 years progressing from a draughtsman to a senior project manager, working across the UK managing large infrastructure projects for the group as a whole. Scott then joined Forth Ports Group working at the Port of Tilbury in London as a project manager as part of the team delivering the Tilbury2 Development Consent Order (DCO) project before moving to Solent Gateway. At Solent Gateway, Scott is the project lead for delivering the planning application and development construction phases.