CAMMELL Laird's executive chairman and chief executive John Syvret is retiring from his role, the firm has announced.

Mr Syvret, whose retirement follows 43 years of service to the maritime sector, will continue to support Cammell Laird and Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services as a non-executive director.

A spokesperson for the Birkenhead-based firm said: "John will maintain his involvement with his charitable initiatives, which include Wirral Youth Zone and the Engineering College, together with the national industry related boards including the Society of Maritime Industries and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group.

"David McGinley, the Managing Director of global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird with immediate effect.

"David will continue his role at Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services, which includes leading A&P Group Limited, Atlantic and Peninsula Australia PTY Limited, as well as A&P Group’s marine platform business Marine Designs Ltd and Falmouth Docks and Engineering Company (FDEC)."

Mr McGinley Joined A&P Group in 2017 as Group Managing Director responsible for all ship repair activities and operations at the A&P Group facilities in the North East of England and Falmouth.

He became an executive director as managing director Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services Ltd in 2018.

Prior to joining A&P Group, David spent 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.

David is a visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and is a past President of the UK Shipbuilders and Ship repairers Association, part chair of the Association of British Offshore Industries and is a director of the Society of Maritime Industries.