Meet Our Team
At Global Marine, our team’s passion for success and their intrinsic knowledge of seabed cables is at the heart of what we do.
Ian joined Global Marine in 1995 and has held senior positions across the business as well as in the company’s joint ventures: HMN and SBSS. He is one of only a handful of western business men to receive the Friendship Award – the highest honour awarded by the Chinese Government for contributions to China. He has held the post of CEO since 2011. Ian trained as a Chartered Engineer, and holds an MBA from Henley.
Bruce is the Managing Director of Global Marine and has been involved in the submarine cable industry since 1989, holding positions both offshore and onshore at Global Marine and both its joint ventures in China. In his current role he manages a global team responsible for all the installation and maintenance activities that the business undertake. “
Graham has 20 years’ RQHSE experience in the construction, oil & gas, renewables & manufacturing sectors. On joining the Global Marine Group, Graham brings his great experience and capabilities to head the team. Graham has successfully implemented and managed RQHSE systems globally through influencing and engagement at all levels achieving 78% reduction in LTI rates and 45% reduction in waste generation as well as developing safety culture & maturity in a number of organisations.
Paul heads up the Global Marine Project Delivery Team and has been with the company since 1998. He is highly experienced in key programme and project delivery in compliance with legislative & company standards, polices, and procedures. The projects that have been delivered by Paul and his team vary across the telecoms, renewable energy along with oil & gas sectors. He also contributes to an implementation of improvement programmes within the business as well as being a member of the quality, safety, and environmental committees.
Rob ensures that Global Marine’s vessels operate to the highest standards in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and that all activities are conducted in line with all ISO standards in accordance with the Global Marine standards and policies. He also ensures that the entire fleet is maintained in accordance with IMO Requirements, Flag State and Classification Rules, together with Company policies and procedures. He is also an active member of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Chairs the Warlike Operations Area Committee, which is a crucial committee that considers areas of the world where special hazards to seafarers may arise as a result of warlike activity or piracy and makes proposals for appropriate actions.
David, who joined in 2018, is the RQHSE Business Partner for Global Marine. He provides support and guidance to the business unit on RQHSE matters, such as ISM Auditing, technical advice in marine RQHSE issues, planning & execution of RQHSE-focused audits and improvement programs, root Cause investigation of accidents and incidents, as well as vessel management visits.
Captain Gary Buller began his career as a deck-hand, and in 1989 joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), from there Gary started his career with Global Marine Group in 2008.
Gary’s career journey with Global Marine began on board the Wave Sentinel in 2008. Throughout his time working at Global Marine, Gary has established an extensive track-record, working on telecommunications installation and maintenance projects as well as oil & gas connectivity operations globally.
Gary is currently a Master on board the CS Recorder, a DP2 vessel specialising in fibre optic cable installation.
Bill began his career offshore in 1968 and subsequently joined the cable ship industry in 1975. Since this time, Bill has been involved in numerous cable operations across the globe including the Atlantic, Pacific and Southeast Asian Oceans.
Bill is experienced in both shallow and deep water operations and has an extensive track record of successfully completing cable repair projects for customers world wide.
For the past three years, Bill has been the Master of Cable Retriever, Global Marine’s cable maintenance vessel located in the Philippines, serving the SEAIOCMA zone.
Captain Richard Flanders joined Global Marine Group as a deck cadet in 2002.
Throughout his career with Global Marine, Richard has been involved in a variety of offshore and deep sea projects for the telecommunications industry.
Richard has extensive experience including: transoceanic and domestic fibre optic cable installations, cable repairs, offshore wind farm support, trenching ROV support, DP2 offshore engineering projects, cable route survey, cable route clearance and oil and gas survey. Richard is currently a Master on board the C.S. Sovereign.
Captain Robert Gibson began his career aged 17 as a deck cadet and, in 1981 joined Global Marine where he progressed to the rank of Master in 2002. He has a wealth of experience and since joining Global Marine has helped to lead the company’s diversification into the oil and gas industry on board the C.S. Bold Endeavour. Significant projects include Swecomex, BT Liberty, BT Northern Lights and Valhall to Clyde cable installations
Paul Haines joined Global Marine when it was Cable & Wireless, as a deck cadet, and has worked onboard all of the company’s installation and maintenance vessels. In 2006, Paul was involved with the DP2 conversion onboard the C.S. Sovereign, and since then has been the continuity Senior DPO/Chief Mate/Master for wind farm burials and inter-array installations, renewable energy projects and telecoms cable installations.
Alex, who originally joined Cable & Wireless in 1997, was promoted in 2019 to the role of Master after spending the last nine years working as Chief Mate. His career has grown with the company as he has progressed from third officer, to second officer to Chief Officer and now to Master. In that time he has worked has worked on multiple ACMA & NAZ repairs.
Since joining Global Marine, Richard has been involved in numerous cable repairs, cable installations, offshore renewable energy and oil & gas projects. He has also spent a year seconded to the company’s Portland Depot in Dorset, as a deck superintendent. More recently, Richard has worked as the continuity commander of Wave Sentinel based in Portland on the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement involved in numerous shallow and deep water cable repairs.
Captain Kieran McNeill has a background in fishing and farming in the Antrim Glens, Northern Ireland. With a family legacy of working at sea, Kieran initially joined the Irish Sea fishing trawlers followed by time spent on bulk carriers, containers, research and survey vessels. At 30 he joined Global Marine as second officer and worked up through the ranks to his current role as master. He feels proud to work for an energetic, forward thinking and rewarding company with so many great staff members.
Captain Chris Neave started his career as a deck cadet in the Merchant Navy in 1973 before joining Global Marine in 1987. Throughout his service, Chris has been involved in repairs and installations of all kinds world-wide including telecoms, power and scientific research cables in the North Sea, Irish Sea, Mediterranean, Gulf of Guinea, Brazil, Trinidad, Canada, Suriname, Venezuela and more.
Captain Derek Smith started his sea-going career in 1994 as a deck cadet and joined Global Marine just a few years later in 1998. Since then he has sailed as third officer, second officer, chief officer, offshore installation manager and most recently commander. Throughout his career with Global Marine he has been involved in many large cable installations, cable system repairs, deep water salvage operations and renewable projects. He has also spent time in the company head office in Chelmsford working in the solutions design department planning future cable installations.
Captain Tollady joined the company as a Third Officer in 1983. His first command was ten years later in 1993. During 32 years of service he has undertaken every aspect of marine operations, from working in company offices around the world, to transoceanic installations, cable repairs, route surveys as well as oil, gas and renewables projects.
Captain Kevin Widdowson began his cable ship career in 1989, and spent his early years engaged in major Installation work around the Far East and North Pacific Region. A move towards the maintenance side of the business in 2012 has brought about a mix of deep and shallow water repairs, in and around the Pacific & Caribbean, where Kevin’s project management experience and skills as a beach master have been particularly useful. With a thirst for offshore adventure, Kevin was part of a dedicated team that smashed the world powerboat record for circumnavigation of the globe a memorable journey of almost 73 days.