Cammell Laird CEO, David McGinley, wins Business Leader of the Year Award

David McGinley, Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders, and Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services has won Business Leader of the Year in the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards.  

The British Ex-Forces Business Awards, which took place on 23 June, celebrates the achievements of ex-forces personnel who have forged a successful second career in business. The awards also strive to demonstrate the huge value veterans bring to UK business.

David has a proud record of serving his country in the Royal Navy for a quarter of a century.  David joined the Royal Navy in 1971 as a Junior Marine Engineering Mechanic, Class 2, having been inspired to join the military by the service of family members.  

During his 25 years of service, David served onboard HMS Ship Tiger, Abdiel, Amazon, Middleton and York as well as spending time in the Falklands and the Middle East. He left the Military in 1995 at the rank of Warrant Officer Marine Engineer (M).

Post his Naval service, David spent 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 Joined A&P Group in 2017 as Group Managing Director responsible for all ship repair activities and operations in the UK.  He became an Executive Director as Managing Director Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services Ltd in 2018 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cammell Laird Ship Repairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services in March 2020.

Commenting on his award, David said, “The values instilled in me throughout my Naval service – commitment, self-discipline, teamwork, flexibility and openness – have hugely influenced my civilian career.  

“I have relished my time in the Navy and in industry, and I am delighted to receive this award, which recognises both my military service and my career in business.  I would like to congratulate all of the other winners and finalists, the event was a great celebration of all those ex-forces who add value to business – here in the UK and across the globe.” 

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, past Chair of the Association of British Offshore Industries and is a Director of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Image: L-R Gerald Pitts, Lisa Grant (both of Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services), David McGinley, CEO of Cammell Laird and A&P, Emma Parker-Goff of Artemis Media, Graeme Littledyke of A&P

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