Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards

Trimline, a Southampton-based marine interior refurbishment specialist, has appointed Andrew Richards as its new chief executive officer.

Richards, currently group key account director at Survitec Group Ltd, will take up his post at Trimline on 7th August.

In this position, Richards will 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 alone and the number of employees reaching 100. Turnover at the company has now exceeded £20 million and the company expects to increase to £30 million within the next five years.

Gary Oliver, Trimline Ltd managing director, comments: “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.”

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Richards says: “I am thrilled to be joining Trimline at such an exciting stage in its development. The opportunity to work within an innovative, forward-thinking company is one that I am very much looking forward to and I look forward to developing established relationships with Trimline’s staff and partners.”

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.

In addition, Tony Body has also been appointed to the newly created role of director of site projects to help position the company for further growth.

Trimline has managed a number of large-scale refurbishment projects in the last year including Red Falcon for Red Funnel and Isle of Wight Ferries, Star Pride for Windstar Cruises, Ben My Chree for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, HMA Scott and RFA Fort Victoria for the Ministry of Defence, Thomson Dream for Thomson Cruises, Queen Mary 2 for Cunard and the MY Shemara.