Derek Carter, who until October of last year was CEO of the British-based boatbuilder Fairline, has been appointed managing director of Portakabin, the manufacturer of modular and portable buildings headquartered in York.

Prior to his time at Fairline, Carter was managing director of Lewmar during a marine industry career which spanned 26 years.

Portakabin, which had sales of £173m in the year ended June 2011, is a family owned company with over 1,300 employees. It is well established in the UK and France and is looking to expand its business internationally.