Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has appointed a new director of defence.

Based in Falmouth, Matt Weetch will lead A&P Group’s dedicated defence division following the retirement of MD Gerald Pitts after 46 years in the business.

Having joined A&P as business development director in 2019, Weetch is now tasked with leading the division as well as managing and winning defence-related bids and will be supported by cluster director Jonathan Green.

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

David McGinley, CEO 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, McGinley 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.”