New boss for Sunderland Marine

LEADING fishing and aquaculture insurer Sunderland Marine has appointed Tom Rutter as its CEO, following the retirement after 19 years of Geoff Parkinson.
Rutter (pictured), 55, has been with Sunderland Marine, a subsidiary of North P&I since 2014, for more than 35 years, having joined as a claims assistant in 1979.
He later moved into marine underwriting and in 1992 transferred to the aquaculture department. He rose to become an associate director, later a director, and the department’s managing director in 2010.
Rutter is internationally renowned in the aquaculture insurance industry. He has represented client interests, lecturing at events sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.
He said: ‘I am grateful for this opportunity and for the unrivalled expertise and support of my colleagues, who have been and continue to be central to the successful development of the company.
‘I would also like to thank my predecessor Geoff Parkinson for his guidance and encouragement over the years. I look forward to leading Sunderland Marine as a key part of North’s global business.’
North’s joint managing director Alan Wilson said: ‘Tom has extensive international experience in all aspects of hull, P&I and aquaculture insurance, so we are delighted to confirm his appointment in this critically important role.
‘Sunderland Marine is now fully integrated with North’s operations and Tom will play a key part in building on the synergy of our combined businesses over the coming years.’