New leadership for UK shipbuilding industry

Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by The Manufacturer

The Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association has announced the president and vice president for of its annual general assembly.

David McGinley, of Babcock has been appointed as president and Lynn Tomkins, of sector skills council Semta as vice president for the event taking place at the House of Lords on October 27.

The Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association (SSA) is seeking to raise its profile in government following a new focus on the growth of the UK marine industry. Business Minister, Mark Prisk announced a new government scheme to support the marine and maritime industry in the UK in September. Government anticpate that the sector will be worth between £8bn and £25bn by 2020.

Babcock business development director, David McGinley, said: “I look forward to further strengthening and developing the association and in making SSA the leading marine association.

“In particular, I look forward to representing the UK Marine Industry, members of SSA and the wider maritime industry who play a key part in delivering growth and ensuring that the UK marine industry plays a major role internationally.”

Mr McGinley began his career in 1971 when he joined the Royal Navy. In June 1995 he joined Turner Diesel as the general manager of power stations operations and maintenance before moving on to Semple Cochrane in 1999 as divisional director of marine services.

In 2003 David joined BNS, now Babcock, at Faslane as director. He took up his current role as business development director in October 2004.

Lynn Tomkins, newly appointed vice president for SSA commented: “I am delighted to be the new vice-president for the SSA and the first woman to take this position.”

Lynn has worked in the marine sector and SSA for over 10 years, large;y on the development of sector skills. She helped establish the UK Marine Sector Strategy Group which heads the knowledge and skills work stream of the UK Marine Industry Leadership Council (MILC).

During her work she has developed a successful Employer Engagement Strategy comprising 74,500 employers and 2 million employees.

The UK is the fourth largest shipbuilder in Europe in terms of gross value added, and the third largest in boat-building.