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Refurbishment specialist Trimline appoints new CEO

Andrew Richards to steer Trimline's further expansion
Trimline, Southampton-based marine interior refurbishment specialist, has appointed Andrew Richards as its new ceo.

Richards, currently group key account director at Survitec Group Ltd, will take up his post at Trimline on August 7 and his role will see him strategically lead the company through the biggest development phase in its history as Trimline prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Trimline has undergone its largest expansion in recent years with 12 new vacancies created within the last year e and the number of employees reaching 100. Turnover at the company has now exceeded £20m and this is anticipated to increase to £30m within the next five years.

Gary Oliver, managing director at Trimline Ltd, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Trimline. With 21 years of experience within the marine industry, his knowledge will help Trimline continue to expand and manage its growing portfolio of ship maintenance and projects whilst providing direction and leadership to our ever-expanding staff.’

The move to expand the company comes after the addition of an electrical and catering department in 2013 to bring more expertise in-house and increase the support offered to partners. Tony Body has also been appointed to the newly created role of director of site projects.

Trimline has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year including cruise ship work on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride, Thomson Dream for Thomson Cruises, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.