Two new faces have joined the board of a South tyneside yard with a pledge to boost business. Neil Jarvis, 48, is the new sales and commercial director for A&P Tyne, while Graeme Littledyke, 40, has become finance director.
Both are based at the Hebburn yard, where A&P Tyne is working on a multi-million pound order from the Bangladeshi Navy to refit two off-shore former Royal Navy patrol vessels.
Mr Jarvis has joined A&P after four years as a director and senior vice-president with a leading software company.
The move takes him back to his roots, as he has an honours degree in civil engineering and has worked in managerial roles all ove rthe world for several engineering, industrial and construction companies. The dad-of-two, who comes from Teeside and lives in Yarm, said: “I’m delighted to be with A&P and looking forward to taking the business into new markets, such as renewables, while maintaining the existing business streams that have been successfully built up.”
Mr Littledyke, a chartered accountant, has 20 years’ experience in finance, and held senoir roles in a variety of businesses.
He spent six years as a group accountant at PD Ports on Teeside before he left in 2008 to become head of finance at accident management business Albany Assistance Ltd. He comes from Durham and is also married with two children.
Managing director Stewart Boak said he was delighted to welcome Mr Jarvis and Mr Littledyke into his team. He added, “In the short time they have been with the company, they have already proved to be excellent additions. I have no doubt that along with the existing directors, the now complete management team will drive the business forward and the company will go from strength to strength.”