Meet the team

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. Other organisations that provide services to or work alongside port organisations may subscribe as Affiliates.

The Team

David Brown


David Brown OBE - PSS Chairman

David Brown is Chief Executive Officer at The Bristol Port Company.  David joined The Bristol Port Company in October 2008 as the Operations Director and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Bristol Port remains the largest private and independently owned Port in the UK, employing over 550 personnel. It operates over a 2,600 acre estate with a hugely diverse portfolio of trades.

Prior to joining the Port David spent 24 years serving in the British Army during which time he was involved in numerous operational deployments culminating in Commanding his Battalion in Afghanistan in 2007. David is Vice Chairman for Safety and Training on the Board of the UK Major Ports Group and is also a Business Representative on the Main Board of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


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Richard Steele – Chief Executive

Richard leads the delivery of the strategy and work programme for PSS with particular focus on creating shared health and safety leadership across the whole sector.  Key to this is understanding and addressing Health and Safety through a whole person approach that combines safety, skills, physical and mental health as well as culture, values and behaviours.

Richard is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in Training and Development who has been involved in the ports industry for 20 years.  Prior to ports, Richard worked in the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.  Richard was the Learning and Development manager for Associated British Ports for 11 years and has led Port Skills and Safety for 10 years.   

You can contact Richard on 020 7260 1793 or


Rean da Costa


Rean Andre P. Da Costa, MSc OSHE, 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 has a Masters in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management.  His thesis was 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

Welcoming two new team members from 6 January 2020, Marcio Goncalves and Robert Mitchelmore

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Marcio Goncalves - Health, Safety and Skills Coordinator

Marcio is a former Naval Officer, NEBOSH qualified, HSE and PFSO (Port Facility Security Officer) professional.  His career includes health, safety and environmental management in one of the biggest Groups of Shipyards in the Mediterranean, extensive experience in Occupational Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Compliance in high-risk areas, including the Oil & Gas Industry along with cruise & Shipping.

You can contact Marcio (from 7 Jan 2020) on


Robert Mitchelmore

Robert Mitchelmore

Robert is a Business Analyst with particular expertise on Renewable energy, Oil & Gas.  Robert joined Forth Ports in September 2019 and is currently on his 6 month graduate placement based at the Port Of Leith. In an excellent example of leadership and commitment to the wider industry, Forth Ports has agreed to second Robert to PSS for 3 months to undertake a specific and vital piece of work on our behalf.

In 2020, we are undertaking a review across the Ports’ Sector on the implementation of our Safety in Ports (SiP) guidance; documents which aim to positively influence Company Policies, documentation and practices. SiPs are jointly created and badged by PSS (on behalf of employers), the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Unite the Union.  The aim of the review is to find how ports are using the guidance to support their compliance with regulations, identify best practice in their use and share ideas for embedding them into the workplace.

This is an exciting opportunity for Robert to gain an insight into the key role played by PSS as well as valuable experience across the ports’ sector.  We wish Robert every success in his secondment and look forward to the review recommendations.

You can contact Robert (from 7 Jan 2020) 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 provide 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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