Weetch becomes new director of defence for A&P Group

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Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group, has appointed a new Director of Defence. Matt Weetch takes the helm of A&P Group’s defence division as Managing Director Gerald Pitts retires after 46 years in the business.

Having joined A&P as Business Development Director in 2019, Matt is now tasked with leading the division as well as managing and winning defence-related bids and will be supported by Jonathan Green, Cluster Director.

Prior to joining A&P Group Matt enjoyed a 25-year career in the Royal Navy and has a wealth of marine industry expertise.

David McGinley, Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders, and Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services said: “A&P Group has a well-earned reputation for delivering first class marine and fabrication services to Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Tier One supply chain and overseas Navies. Matt has already delivered tremendous value and strategic insight in all of these areas, and we look forward to seeing our defence portfolio grow and develop under his guidance.”

Speaking about Gerald Pitts’ retirement, David added: “Gerald Pitts played a lead role in securing the first RFA cluster contract, as well as subsequent MARS and In Service Support contracts and we are incredibly grateful for his contribution over the last five decades. We wish him every happiness in his retirement.

“Looking ahead, I am delighted that Matt has taken up this appointment as Director of Defence and have tremendous confidence in his ability to drive the business forward.”