Meet the team

The PSS team at the British Ports Association held in Newscastle
The PSS team at the British Ports Association held in Newscastle (2018)

Port Skills and Safety was established by the ports industry at the beginning of 2002 and has a wide remit to work with its members and other stakeholders to encourage and promote high standards of health and safety and a highly skilled workforce.

We are officially recognised by various government departments and agencies, including the Department for Transport, Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

We are  funded through subscriptions, and are open to all port related organisations including harbour authorities, conservancies, port and terminal operators, stevedoring companies, labour supply companies, training providers, consultants and other organisations that provide services to or work alongside port organisations may subscribe as Affiliates.

The Team

Tim Clarke


Tim Clarke - PSS Chairman

Tim has a wealth of experience and expertise from a successful career in the rail industry, during which he held board level positions in both the public and private sector, including the role of Managing Director of one of the largest train operating companies in the U.K.  Tim has recently completed 7 years as Chairman of Harwich Haven Authority, is a Director of Customer Innovation Ltd. He has a degree in business studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.


Richard steele


Richard Steele – Executive Director

Richard leads the delivery of the strategy and work programme.

You can contact Richard on 020 7260 1793 or


Rean da Costa


Rean Andre P. Da Costa, Grad IOSH - Operations Manager

Rean brings with him Health and Safety leadership experience across the Middle Eastern Oil and Gas industry, during which he helped setup and lead health and safety operations in various oilfield bases and achieved annual zero lost time incidents in his postings. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management in London with a soon to be published thesis on Health and Safety Culture, entitled 'Leadership and The Promotion of Self Determined Safety Behaviors in Employees'. Rean has a particular interest in the science of employee motivation, safety II, positive & enabling leadership, nudging cultural change and breaking the unnecessary stigma around mental health.

You can contact Rean on 020 7260 1792 or


Sharon Quinton


Sharon Quinton – Events, Finance and Office Manager

Sharon is responsible for the day to day operation of the office, and provides support to the safety and skills function of PSS.

You can contact Sharon on 020 7260 1791 or


Josephine Boyo


Josephine Boyo - Safety and Skills Coordinator

Josephine brings with her Health and Safety experience as a consultant conducting various training, risk assessments and accident investigations across London. She obtained her Masters in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management with a research project on the effects of Oil & Gas projects on the local communities. Josephine also brings experience in health promotion in various sectors and she joins the team as the new Safety and Skills coordinator.

You can contact Josephine on

What We Do

We undertake and provide a wide range of activities and services on behalf of the ports industry and for subscribers. We represent the interests of port employers, achieving our objectives through consultation and partnership working.

We operate a series of standing work and advisory groups which include the long-established Port Skills and Safety Group (PSSG) which provides the industry with a forum for health and safety practitioners, and others with an interest in health and safety, to learn about and discuss current issues, and to share information and best practice.

Special work groups are established on an ad hoc basis to consider specific issues. Such issues can include the development of industry guidance, the interpretation of generic legislation, or the development of National Occupational Standards and national qualifications frameworks.

We also provides a full range of services to the PSS member community. These include:

  • The dissemination of information via regular postings on our website. These postings provide important information on, for example, accidents and incidents, legal developments (including consultations), accident prevention, skills and standards issues, industry publications, and events and training.
  • Technical advice on any issues relating to health, safety, skills and standards in the ports industry.
  • The production and publication of industry guidance material in consultation with the major stakeholders of the port industry.
  • The facilitation of national and in-house training events on ports specific issues.


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