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Our People

Our Team

Ian Douglas

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Douglas

Chief Executive Officer

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 Neilson-Watts

Managing Director

Bruce Neilson-Watts

Managing Director

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 Boyle

Director of RQHSE

Graham Boyle

Director of RQHSE

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.

David Green

Head of Sales

David Green

Head of Sales

David re-joined Global Marine over 4 years year ago, after previously working within the Universal joint division, to head up the Sales team.  He has spent the previous years working in the offshore O&G arena for GE, developing the Middle Eastern market.

Paul Deslandes

Head of Project Delivery

Paul Deslandes

Head of Project Delivery

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 Twell

Head of Fleet

Rob Twell

Head of Fleet

Rob Twell, Head of Fleet of Global Marine, leads the Fleet Management Team which is responsible for the fleet of vessels within Global Marine as well as managing Fleet Technical, Marine, Fleet Resourcing, Cadet Training, Marine Training and Fleet Electrical engineering. He is also the Designated Person Ashore, keeping the leadership team and CEO appraised of any significant issues relating to safety and compliance with maritime legislation.

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.

John Walters

Director Asia and Global Maintenance

John Walters

Director Asia and Global Maintenance

John heads the strategic development of our Telecom Maintenance business at Global Marine. Having worked onshore and offshore for Global Marine for the past thirty years, he has fulfilled a variety of leadership roles in sales, commercial, vessel and project management. Based in our Singapore office, John has global accountability for subsea telecom cables repairs delivered through the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA), South East Asia and Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement (SEAIOCMA) and the North America Zone (NAZ) and always on the lookout to expand our ideology to improve quality and value for our customers. His team also covers cable storage at regional depots, Universal Joint (UJ) development, subsea jointer training and the sale of UJ kits. John is married with four children, is a Master Mariner and holds an MBA (Project Management) from Henley Business School.

David Whiting

RQHSE Business Partner

David Whiting

RQHSE Business Partner

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.

Our Captains

Shaun Beal

Ship Captain

Shaun Beal

Ship Captain

Captain Shaun Beal has over 35 years of experience at sea; 25 of those in the cable industry with Global Marine and over 15 as a cable ship captain. Shaun has contributed to numerous installation projects and maintenance repairs worldwide, including the company’s record winning installation for the deepest cable burial up to depths of 13m and the Uninett system in Svalbard, Norway, which upon completion became the most northerly FOC system in the world.

Chris Neave

Ship Captain/OIM

Chris Neave

Ship Captain/OIM

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.

Robert Gibson

Ship Captain

Robert Gibson

Ship Captain

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

John Tollady

Ship Captain

John Tollady

Ship Captain

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.

Derek Smith

Ship Captain/OIM

Derek Smith

Ship Captain/OIM

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.

Richard Kearns

Ship Captain/OIM

Richard Kearns

Ship Captain/OIM

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

Kevin Widdowson

Ship Captain

Kevin Widdowson

Ship Captain

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.

Kieran McNeill

Ship Captain

Kieran McNeill

Ship Captain

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.

Alex Jackson

Ship Captain

Alex Jackson

Ship Captain

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.

Paul Haines

Ship Captain

Paul Haines

Ship Captain

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 Huawei Marine telecoms cable installations.