Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director.

David McGinley, formerly of Babcock International Group’s Marine and Technology division, takes the helm of A&P Group after 13 years working at Babcock in senior level roles that spanned strategic development, business development and commercial port operations.

David’s career also includes more than 20 years’ service in the Royal Navy, which included tours of the Falkland Islands and the Gulf, as well as four years at Turner Diesel Ltd developing power generation contracts in Columbia, Malaysia and Africa and overseeing a new build 26 MW power plant in New Delhi. More latterly, both in his roles with Semple Cochrane and Babcock, David amassed a wealth of experience in UK based marine services, managing ship repair and dry dock facilities and associated businesses.

David takes on the responsibility for driving growth in the Tyneside, Teesside and Falmouth Marine Engineering Services businesses which include renewables, offshore, commercial marine and defense sectors. An important component part of this is the ongoing delivery of A&P Group’s contract with the UKs Ministry of Defence Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) where the company provides global engineering support and maintenance services to a ‘cluster’ of eight frontline RFA vessels from the group’s Falmouth and Tyne yards.

John Syvret CBE, Executive Chairman of Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services Ltd, and Chief Executive Officer of A&P Group said: “I am delighted to welcome David into the business, his experience in the industry is second to none and he is respected by all.

“David will be instrumental in building on the long established foundations, history and culture of the business, and will help drive and achieve the group’s growth plans and ambitions for the future. His appointment is indicative of A&P Group’s strong performance, sector diversification and hard-earned reputation for providing value for money solutions.

“We are all delighted to welcome him into the business and wish him every success in the future”.

David McGinley, A&P Group’s new Managing Director said: “I have operated in the ship building and ship repair sector for many years and I am thrilled to join one of Europe’s largest provider of ship repair, conversion and specialist marine and engineering services groups. The calibre of A&P’s contracts across the defence, commercial marine, renewable and oil and gas sectors reflects the engineering strength of the company and I look forward to expanding the business in the UK and across the global market place.”

David is a past President of the UK Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association and is currently Chair of the Association of British Offshore Industries.