THE International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) has announced the appointment of Richard Steele as its new head. He will take over the role with effect from 1 July 2021, on the retirement of the current postholder Richard Brough O.B.E.

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. It operates through a series of national and regional chapters including ICHCA Australia.

Reporting directly to the Board, Mr Steele will lead the organisation. He is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in Training and Development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years.

Mr Steele is currently the chief executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he has led for 11 years. Before PSS, Richard was the senior learning and development manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years.  Prior to ports, he worked in the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.


John Beckett, chairman of ICHCA International said, “We are delighted to welcome someone of Richard’s capability to ICHCA.

“We are committed to extending ICHCA’s delivery and reach.  Richard’s skills and experience will ensure that we move confidently forward.

“He has proven leadership and organisational management ability which will be invaluable to our future.”

Mr Steele said, “I am excited to join ICHCA at a time where there is real opportunity to build on the success of this internationally recognised and respected association and to create new value-add services and representation for our members”.