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Paul Birch appointed Managing Director of Bishop Skinner Marine

He takes over from Bill Southgate, who retires after 42 years with Bishop Skinner.

Paul brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role having spent 25 years in the commercial marine and yacht insurance sector. For nearly seven years Paul was the Marketing & Business Development Manager of the yacht division of Amlin, with responsibility for raising brand awareness and growing income. He also spent over two years at Devitt Insurance Services Limited, where he was responsible for managing its small craft account. Paul joins Bishop Skinner Marine from Velos Insurance Services Limited where he has been an underwriter for the last four years.

Paul Birch commented: “Bishop Skinner Marine is an extremely well established and respected company in the UK marine industry. I look forward to working with the team to leverage its enviable market position by further developing the brand and customer proposition.”

Mike Owen, Head of Bluefin Solutions, commented: “Having held several senior positions in the specialist marine insurance sector, Paul possesses the knowledge and ambition to drive the business forward and grow our offering. Bill Southgate, who has been integral in building and shaping Bishop Skinner Marine into the business it is today, will be much missed by all of us and I wish him well in his retirement.”