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February 2017

British Port Association Appoints First Woman Treasurer

Natasha Bridge becomes the first woman Treasurer of the British Association, Oporto.

Natasha Bridge

The association of British Port shippers has elected Natasha Bridge as its first woman Treasurer. The British Association, as it is known, is made up of seven historic British Port companies including three firms belonging to the Fladgate Partnership, Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft, of which Natasha is a Director.

The Association’s imposing headquarters is the Factory House, an elegant neo-Palladian building commissioned by the British Port houses and completed in 1790.  Located in the old riverside commercial quarter of Oporto, the Factory House and its valuable contents embody the heritage and traditions of the British shippers and their prominent role in the Port trade since the late 17th century.

For over two centuries, management of the Factory House remained – by tradition rather than regulation – the preserve of senior male members of the British Port firms.  In 2010, Natasha became the first woman to be elected to membership of the Association and to become eligible to serve as Treasurer.  The Treasurer is appointed for one year and, as well as presiding over the Association, is responsible for the upkeep of the Factory House and for a busy programme of activities of which a high point is the Treasurer’s Dinner held in November.

Natasha’s Treasurership coincides with two important anniversaries: the 50th year of the distinguished Port trade career of her father, Alistair Robertson, chairman of The Fladgate Partnership; and the 325th Anniversary of Taylor’s which has remained an independent family run business since its foundation in 1692.”

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