Representative of Hull City Council

Matt Jukes, 44, is the Chief Executive for Hull City Council, having joined the organisation in December 2013, as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to this, he had over 20-years experience in the private sector, mainly in the ports business, where he worked in various roles throughout the UK for Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator. This culminated in 6-years as Port Director for the the Ports of Hull and Goole, including overseeing Humber Estuary Services (the Humber Competant Harbour Authority). He has been involved in many significant investment and development projects including, most notably, the initial inception and subsequent progression of the “Green Port Hull” project, to develop an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility for Siemens, at the Port of Hull and for which he received the Yorkshire “Green Champion” award in 2011.

Matt obtained a First Class honours degree in Marine Studies from the University of Plymouth and, after a spell in the Royal Navy, worked for Racal Survey as a worldwide Field Surveyor. He joined ABP in 1994 and undertook various roles throughout the business starting out as Quay Foreman at Immingham Docks and progressing through various operational and commercial roles throughout the business and at various locations. He was promoted to the ABP Operational Board in 2005, as Port Director for their Short Sea Port operations (11 ports around the UK including Ayr, Troon, Fleetwood, Garston, Ipswich and Plymouth) before taking up the role in Hull and Goole in 2008.

Matt is a past President of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping, was a member of the Hull Leadership Board and was a founding member of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.