British Marine has announced that Ms Lesley Robinson has been appointed as CEO and will take up the position on 16 July 2018.

According to a statement from British Marine, Robinson "is a high calibre, proven, Chief Executive with both UK and international experience in numerous public, non-marine as well as leisure marine sectors. She is a qualified accountant, with financial, commercial and general management roles to her credit.

"Her experience illustrates a track record of leading wide-ranging change programmes including start-ups, turnarounds and organic and acquisition-driven diversification.  In addition, her natural board-level authority is coupled with convincing strategic and intellectual ability.

"Pragmatic and thoroughly results-focused, Lesley is used to introducing commercial standards and business best practice to different types of organisation, from as varied as a Governmental body through to private companies."

Her early career has included executive positions of Managing Director, COO and Finance Director of numerous companies as well as various Non-Exec Director roles.

She was appointed managing director of MDL Marinas on November 10, 2015 and resigned that position in January this year.

Greg Munford, acting president at British Marine, says: “I am delighted that British Marine has managed to attract a proven senior executive to the post of CEO. I am looking forward to working with Lesley and the Non-Executive Board during the next 12 months as president.”

David Pougher, Interim managing director at British Marine, adds: “Lesley has the varied and extensive skill set that is needed to lead and guide British Marine forward through its continued navigation of change. I am extremely pleased that we were able to act swiftly in identifying what is required and to appoint someone who can clearly illustrate their capabilities through previous, successful roles. I am also confident that she has what is required and will deliver the drive, commitment and passion to take British Marine further in offering unique and fulfilling solutions, support and satisfaction for our members, staff and partners.”

Robinson, upon her appointment stated: “I am excited to be taking on this new role and look forward to working for and with British Marine members to help secure a healthy future for our marine industry.”