WINNER 2017 – Jim O’Toole, Port of Mostyn
Mr. O’Toole has extensive experience at sea and in the ports industry. Next year will be the 25th anniversary for Jim as Managing Director of The Port of Mostyn following the buy-out from Faber Prest in 1993.
Since then the port has been transformed through major development and is now celebrated as the site for off shore wind farm installation. Firstly with North Hoyle and more latterly with Gwynt-Y-Mor worth £54 million over the lifetime of the contract and investing economic growth within the county, creating 450 jobs during construction.
The Port of Mostyn is also pivitol for transportation of the Airbus A380 wings to France; development of Mostech Engergy Servces Ltd to train a dedicated workforce of Off Shore Windfarm Technicians and last year launched its latest business Mostyn Sand and Aggregates.
Mr. O’Toole has and continues to inform the Bank of England Panel; has been Chairman or the CBI; he has won the Daily Post Business Person of the Year 2002 and for many years been a sponsor and supporter of Flintshire Business Awards.
Finally, Mr. O’Toole has represented the county is his capacity as Deputy Lieutenant to the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd and in 2016 as High Sheriff of Clwyd.
Not many know that Jim’s passion is not only for the waves but also for the mountains. Last year Jim summited Mt. Kilimanjaro for the second time, most recently for the Blind Veterans charity – he’s also reached Everest base-camp and through his connection with St. Kentigern’s Hospice during his term as High Sheriff, Jim is now Chairman of St. Kentigerns.
To sum up, during the past 25 years, Mr. O’Toole has grown The Port to what it is today; created employment and skills and supported the community of the county.