The team at AqualisBraemar shares the passion, vision and values for working in energy and the world’s oceans, de-risking and driving the energy transition. We are driven by the idea that the best work is born from professionalism, diligence… and fun. You know AqualisBraemar, but do you know our team?
I am the Group Marketing Director and also lead the ESG reporting for the group. I still work as a consultant for OWC as much as I can, though with rebranding the whole AqualisBraemar LOC group, I don’t have as much time as I would like at the moment. I run a fantastically creative and hard-working team made up of AB and LOC staff spread from the UK to Singapore, maintaining the day to day marketing while doing the background work to launch as a single group brand and family of group segment facing brands.
It is truly pleasurable to work with the people I do; expert, passionate and ethical. They make my job easier by doing great work and thus help me promote and present them to their prospective market segments.
In terms of my personal sector (offshore wind), what excites me most is its explosive growth globally, especially over the last 3-4 years. So many new potential markets, but also new markets being opened up by floating wind, and how can one not be excited!
But my group role also has introduced me to the maritime and oil & gas sector. While these two are very traditional markets (in terms of maritime, we have a 150-year legacy dating back to the Salvage Association), they are undergoing fundamental change all linked to the energy transition. Like all changes that are at Kondratiev levels of change, it brings opportunity as well as disruption. The opportunity that this transition brings to AqualisBraemar LOC, the leading energy and marine consultancy, is huge. Our role is to help map out these changes for our clients and support them on this journey.
I joined OWC, an AqualisBreamar LOC company, almost 5 and a half years ago, and it was one of the best career decisions I have ever made. OWC were small at the time but had just been acquired by what was Aqualis Offshore (now, of course, AqualisBraemar LOC), not much more than half a dozen in number, in fact. I joined because OWC’s founder and MD at the time Ian Bonnon asked me to. I had first worked with Ian and other OWC colleagues in 2009 to 2011 when in GLGH, so I jumped at the chance to work with Ian again. Ian sadly passed recently, but he was always proud of how OWC has grown and developed. My group colleagues had also made me feel very welcome and were so easy to work with, so helpful and supportive, which continues to this day.
I am surrounded by great people today as I was in November 2015. There is just a lot more of them now!
I paint, make models and love model railways. I am in the garden when the weather allows, and it is my main passion – I have always loved gardening and spent my youth working in a garden centre. I also mentor the founder of a Turkish wind energy start-up in my spare time, which is rewarding but sometimes challenging.
I have a very wide professional network and can be thought of as slightly extroverted, but I am the opposite at home. I have a tight circle of people I spend time with, mainly a few friends and my family. I am a proud granddad of 2 girls and a wee boy, and they are the centre of my life.
I listen to heavy and extreme metal in most of its genres when I am working (and not working!). I am a keen gig-goer in between pandemics also. Bloodstock Open Air festival near Derby is my spiritual home every August, where I meet with gig friends, listen to bands and drink ale and cider. I also try to catch bands when travelling on business and have made gigs in Boston, MA and Copenhagen in 2019. What is special to me now is attending gigs with my two granddaughters, sharing great memories.