Solent Gateway Ltd was formed in 2016 and is a joint venture between David MacBrayne Ltd and GBA (Holdings) Ltd to develop and manage the Port of Marchwood, Southampton Water, for 35 years

David MacBrayne

Scotland-based David MacBrayne has been operating ferry and port facilities across the Clyde and Hebrides for the past 160 years and currently manages operations at around 50 locations across the west coast of Scotland.

GBA Group

GBA (Holdings) Ltd is a leading end-to-end logistics company, established some 30 years ago providing total solutions to the automotive, shipping and renewables industries. GBA currently operates from 14 ports in the UK handling over 2 million vehicles per annum.

Meet Our Team

Richard Parkinson

Richard Parkinson – Port Director

Previous experience includes: Broad spectrum of military operational logistics across the globe; Commanding Officer responsible for UK logistic and equipment support to UK Forces in Iraq in 2006, including port operations; Chief of Staff of the MOD’s Joint Supply Chain organisation;  secretariat support to the Secretary of State for Defence and Chief of Defence Staff, Director Logistics (Army); Head of the MOD’s Defence Support Chain Operations & Movements Organisation; Programme Manager for the MOD’s largest and most complex logistic transformation and outsourcing programme, called Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation.

Dean Tilbrook

Dean Tilbrook – SHEQ and FM Manager

Previous experience includes: Regional Safety and Environmental Manager for DP World Asia Pacific, Senior Health and Safety Advisor for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and HSSE Manager for APM Terminals in Angola, Liberia and Peru. Graduate Member of IOSH and an experienced Risk Manager and Health and Safety practitioner in the UK, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Jan Tomkins

Jan Tomkins – Business Support Manager

Previous Experience includes:  Ministry of Defence SMC Business Development Manager, AGC Training Group HR Policy Manager, DLO/DE&S Commercial Officer – vast experience of procurement of various high value equipment and services. OFSTED Commercial Manager.

Chris Symonds

Chris Symonds – Operations Manager

Previous experience: 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

Scott Willmore – Project Manager

Previous experience includes: Design Engineer (BAE Systems). Design Engineer (Peel Ports Medway). Projects Manager (Peel Ports Group), delivering key Port infrastructure projects across the UK and Ireland. Contracts Engineer (Port of Tilbury London), supporting the delivery of the Tilbury2 Development Consent Order (DCO) Project.


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Commercial Opportunities

Solent Gateway represents an ideal opportunity supporting commercial activity underpinned by both RoRo and LoLo shipping. SGL’s Port of Marchwood developments support those businesses seeking the facilitation of logistics hubs, business parks, storage, sea to rail, sea to road, automobile, project cargo, general cargo, dry bulk and break bulk.

In addition the Port benefits from specialist capabilities enabling Helicopter operations, (load delivery to port, helicopter loading onto ships), out of gauge load management, together with rail locomotive and long item (100m+) storage.

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