March 6 - Dr. Robin Bidwell CBE has been appointed non-executive chairman of global marine engineering consultancy, LOC Group.

Bidwell has been tasked with expanding the company's network of offices and the continued employment of local talent, in turn enhancing LOC's ability to respond to complex customer demands, improve operational efficiency and customer service across the group.

LOC Group's core business is split into shipping and energy divisions: Shipping includes marine casualty work, accident investigation, claims, disputes and litigation and surveys; Energy work covers marine warranty surveys, loss prevention, inspections, audits as well as marine and transportation consultancy.

Commenting on his new role, Bidwell stated: "I have spent my life growing a global technical consultancy, with private equity for the last 10 years, and so my experience is hugely relevant to the building of a global consulting group. I am looking forward to working with the management to help deliver a successful future for LOC."

LOC Group ceo, Andrew Squire welcomed Bidwell's appointment, stating that his experience would help the company as it extends its reach into emerging markets: "(Bidwell) brings a wealth of expertise both in the technical services sector and in global business development and I am confident that his chairmanship will further assist LOC realise its development potential and growth ambitions."