Secretariat

IMCA’s full-time secretariat provides management and administrative support for the association’s business.

Leadership

Allen Leatt Allen Leatt Chief Executive

Allen is a civil engineer by professional training and has 35 years of experience with leading contractors in the offshore construction industry in technical, managerial and executive roles.

He has wide experience in marine contracting and played a senior role in the development of the integrated subsea construction business model in the early-1990s with the formation of Coflexip Stena Offshore, which subsequently became Technip. He was the CEO of Perry Tritech based in the USA and latterly Executive VP of Technip’s SURF Product Line based in France. After 15 years with Technip, he joined Stolt Offshore in 2003 (later renamed Acergy) as Chief Technology Officer within the executive management team, with a broad portfolio covering engineering, R&D, SCM, and an extensive fleet renewal programme. In 2011 Acergy merged with Subsea 7 and he took on the role of Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. He joined IMCA in October 2015.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a first class engineer member of the Smeatonian Society, and a chartered engineer in the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a h.c. Doctorate of Science degree.


Richard Benzie Technical Director

Richard entered the industry in 1981 as a Schlumberger Field Engineer, moving into ROV operations shortly thereafter. He spent eight years with Wharton Williams (2W) Ltd in various offshore ROV related roles, five years with Rockwater Ltd as ROV Project Manager and Subsea Manager, and six years with Stolt Offshore where he became a Group Assets Manager.

Shortly thereafter, Richard moved to Technip Offshore where he spent seven years on the DSVi contract, a multi-client saturation diving call-off project; initially as Project Engineer, subsequently as Team Leader and finally as Project Manager; before moving to Subsea 7 as Global ROV Manager, from 2009 until 2014. Latterly at Eunoia Services Aberdeen he undertook business and operations management consultancy in the oil and gas subsea sector, before taking up the position of Global ROV Services Manager at Forum Energy Technologies.

Throughout his career, Richard has been an active member of IMCA training and ROV-related forums and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Remote Systems & ROV Committee for a number of years.

His extensive knowledge of the marine contracting sector, combined with his in depth knowledge of IMCA are key strengths which Richard brings to the role of Technical Director.

Regional

Denis Welch Regional Director - Asia-Pacific

Denis is based in Singapore and has a track record of Board level appointment in leading international companies and start-ups spanning the marine, civil, automotive and aerospace sectors. He is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and a member of both the Det Norske Veritas and ABS Southeast Asia Committees. He has also served on the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Committee and the Singapore Shipowners Association Offshore Committee.

Denis established One World Maritime Pte Ltd in 2009 to provide industry knowledge and management support to companies looking to expand or penetrate new markets in Asia; and has had several assignments in this capacity, notably as CEO of the Asia Pacific subsidiary of IHC Merwede, the Netherlands-based shipbuilding and marine engineering organisation; and as CEO of Mermaid Maritime, the Thailand-based drilling and subsea engineering company. Whilst at Mermaid he was involved in the establishment and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange of subsidiary Asia Offshore Drilling, which had orders and options for the construction of jack-up rigs at KFELs.

Policy & Regulatory Affairs Team

John Bradshaw Policy & Regulatory Affairs Manager

John joined IMCA in September 2015. He joined us from Lloyd's Register where he was Principal Technical Specialist, developing rules and regulations for the safe construction and classification of ships, approving designs and providing engineering consulting services.

His earlier career saw John at sea as a First Officer Engineer, followed by working in the electricity generating sector where he worked in both the renewable and gas fired sectors.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and a Chartered Engineer with an MSc in Engineering Management. He was awarded the WW Mariner prize by IMarEST (then IMarE) in 1996, and won the Professor RED Bishop Postgraduate Award at the University of Portsmouth in 2012.


Eleni Antoniadou Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser

Eleni is a lawyer with client advisory and regulatory expertise in international maritime law, corporate reporting and compliance with regard to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues. Eleni joined the IMCA Secretariat in August 2016 as a Policy & Regulatory Affairs Adviser, focusing on international legislative affairs.

Prior to joining IMCA Eleni was Regulatory Analytics Manager for eRevalue, a data analytics firm, assisting companies stay abreast of emerging regulatory, reputational and competitive risks. In addition, she completed work placements with the Legal Affairs Office of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, and the Network of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Maritime Safety and Security (MARSAFENET).

Currently, Eleni represents and promotes IMCA members' interests at key external bodies such as the IMO, regional and national regulatory bodies and trade associations. Also, she supports IMCA members by developing policy and regulatory educational material. She graduated with an LLM in International Law as well as an LLM in Maritime Law at University College of London (UCL).

Emily Comyn Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser

Emily joined the IMCA secretariat in March 2009 as a Technical Adviser, focusing on international legislative affairs.

Emily monitors and lobbies where appropriate in such key areas as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at which IMCA has consultative status, and other sources of international, regional and national legislation which affect the maritime industries and IMCA members in particular.

Prior to joining IMCA, Emily worked at the International Chamber of Shipping. As Advisor (Shipping Policy), she was responsible for representing international ship operators on customs and trade facilitation issues at intergovernmental fora such as IMO and the World Customs Organization, as well as monitoring operational developments in the Panama and Suez Canals in her role as Secretary of the ICS Canals Sub-Committee. In addition, she was also Assistant Secretary of the International Support Vessel Owners' Association, providing a common forum for international OSV operators.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.

Technical Team

Mark Ford Technical Manager

Mark joined the IMCA secretariat in February 2012 from Charles Taylor Consulting, where he worked as a senior surveyor and divisional director in the safety and loss prevention department. His work involved carrying out ship condition surveys prior to and during entry into P&I insurance cover, writing various technical and safety articles for the safety and loss department publications.

Mark worked for over 25 years as a marine engineer on bulk carriers and diving support vessels, ultimately sailing to the rank of chief engineer. He has worked as an engineer superintendent for a product tanker company which involved dry dockings, general repairs and the daily running of the fleet and also as a consultant marine engineer, specialising in FMEAs and retro-fit specifications.

His wealth of experience in the maritime engineering field benefits not only the work programme of the IMCA Marine Division, but also the other members of the technical team.


Chris Baldwin Technical Adviser - Marine, Security and Competence & Training

Chris joined the team in June 2014 as Technical Adviser - Marine. Chris spent 29 years in the Royal Navy and most recently held a position in the UK MoD's Defence Safety and Environment Authority, as the Diving Regulator and Superintendent of Diving.

His career has encompassed a range of Warfare Officer (equivalent to Deck Officer) sub-specialist trades, including as a British Sea Fisheries Officer, a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diver, and Principal Warfare Officer. He has served at sea as an Officer of the Watch, Operations Officer and Executive Officer (equates to Chief Officer) onboard destroyers, frigates, patrol and mine warfare vessels. He has also held diving and training posts ashore. His career path has given him experience in a number of domains including: DP, AUV and ROV operations; ship and offshore installation security; competency training and assessment and most recently commercial diving.

Chris works with: the Marine Division committee, including with the eCMID system and in the renewable energy area; the Security Workgroup; and with the Competence & Training committee. He is very keen to visit IMCA members working in these areas to gain a thorough understanding of the pertinent issues and concerns.


Andy Goldsmith Technical Adviser - Marine

Andy joined IMCA in January 2015 with 17 years' experience on a range of dynamically positioned (DP) vessels under his belt. He holds Nautical Institute DP certificate number 127 in a world where the certificate numbers are now well past 23,000, so he is well placed to take on the association's crucial DP and Marine Division work load. Andy has a lot to offer the IMCA work programme with his knowledge and experience gained offshore; within the marine operations department ashore; and the marketing department of his previous company.

Andy's career began with Texaco Overseas Tankship at 16. He completed a four year cadetship, qualifying as a Third Mate, and during his ten years with the company obtained a class 2 Chief Mate certificate. He worked briefly ashore, but then applied to every company that owned or operated vessels working in the North Sea. After an interview with OIL he found himself onboard an anchor handling supply vessel in Great Yarmouth which, instead of working in the North Sea, set off for Angola.

Andy spent 17 years on various DP vessels both monohull and semisubmersible (including Semi 1, Semi 2 and Regalia) as a travelling senior DPO. He also captained Rockwater 1 and 2 and the Smit Pioneer working offshore in Asia, Africa, Europe and Canada. Six years ashore in the operations department of Smit International followed; and prior to IMCA he was with Maritime Progress, producers of marine industry training posters, manuals and safety signage.


Nicholas Hough Technical Adviser - HSSE, Offshore Survey and ROV

Nick's main work is supporting the IMCA Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) committee and the Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV divisions. He holds a NEBOSH General Certificate in occupational safety and health, and is responsible for IMCA safety flashes and safety statistics, and for supporting the development of safety promotional material and guidance. As someone from a survey engineering background he is also well qualified to offer significant technical input to IMCA's survey-related publications.

Prior to joining IMCA in January 2005, Nick had a career as a chief observer or senior survey engineer in offshore seismic survey. Nick has a degree in Physics and Geology and a HNC in Electronics, and started work with Seismograph Service Ltd (SSL) in 1988, continuing to work offshore all over the world with Geco-Prakla and WesternGeco until 2004.


Bryan McGlinchy Technical Adviser - Diving

Bryan joined the IMCA secretariat as a Technical Adviser - Diving in February 2012 from the UK Health and Safety Executive. At the Executive, Bryan worked as a front-line inspector, initially in the metals and minerals sector and then for more than 12 years as a Diving Specialist Inspector. In the latter role, he was responsible for the inspection of all sectors of the diving industry in Great Britain and for the investigation of accidents, incidents and complaints related to diving at work, both onshore and offshore. In addition, Bryan supervised a number of diving research projects and developed diving industry guidance on behalf of the Executive. He also worked on diving topic assessment of oil and gas company safety cases.

Bryan began his career as a diver in the early eighties. He worked for a variety of diving contractors, most of whom are now IMCA members, in the Middle East, India, North Sea, and West Africa. Over a fifteen year period he took part in a wide range of commercial diving activities.

Bryan's wealth of experience in the offshore diving industry and as a safety professional makes him a valued member of the IMCA technical team, where he focuses on the work programme of IMCA's diving committee.


Peter Sieniewicz Technical Adviser - Diving

Peter joined IMCA as a Technical Adviser (Diving) in April 2012, following 14 years at the Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) as a Specialist Diving Inspector. For the last ten years, Peter has managed a team of specialist diving inspectors in the HSE Southern Inspection Team, looking after the health and safety of divers through inspection and investigation in both the offshore and onshore sectors of diving. Prior to this, following a move from industry, Peter worked as a front line diving inspector, providing guidance and information through inspection and investigation, together with the diving topic assessment of offshore safety cases.

Peter began his diving career in Canada, moving to England in the late 70s. Initially working in Plymouth at a diver training school, his career took him to a research post in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London and then to Rockwater as the ROV & Inspection Services Manager, which broadened his offshore construction knowledge. Peter has had input to many facets of the diving industry including research, legislation, diver training and project management reinforced throughout by diver safety.

At IMCA  he is focusing in particular on the work programme of IMCA's Diving Division and working with the other Technical Advisers in the secretariat.


Ann Barnatt Document Production Co‑ordinator

Ann officially joined IMCA in May 2007, although she had provided administrative support on an as-required basis from 1984 to 1998.

Ann's particular area of expertise is document production, having used many systems with a variety of publishing companies. As well as helping with day-to-day needs, Ann is also leading efforts to complete the set of documentation available online to members, as well as assisting with more general support team tasks.

Membership Services Group

Michelle Killington Membership Services Group Supervisor

Michelle leads the Membership Services Group, which looks after all membership applications and subscriptions, committee elections, publication sales and diving certification. Her role also consists of managing and co-ordinating the membership process including enquiries, applications, invoicing and contact management, as well as building and maintaining relationships with all our existing members and potential members. Michelle joined IMCA in November 2010.

Michelle has extensive experience in customer service and membership. Her previous role was as a membership secretary for a leading defence and security think tank in London.


Chelsea Clarke Membership Services Co‑ordinator

Chelsea sits within the Membership Services Group and her main focus is on preparing and issuing IMCA's safety flashes as well as the minutes of our committees and workgroups. An all-rounder in the team, she also assists with publication sales and membership administration. Chelsea joined us in June 2015 as our Receptionist & Office Administrator.

A recent university graduate in American Studies, her job at IMCA is her first full time role.


Elizabeth Gibbons Office Administrator & Receptionist

Elizabeth joined IMCA's Membership Services Group in 2016 as Receptionist & Office Administrator to provide maternity cover for the team. She manages our busy switchboard, ensures the IMCA office is fully stocked with our supplies and also provides assistance with the sale and distribution of IMCA's publications. Hers is most likely the first voice you'll hear when you call the IMCA office.

Elizabeth joins us with plenty of experience on reception, from her previous role at an insurance group. She is also a qualified swimming teacher, teaching children with down syndrome in her own time.


Kayleigh Glasscock Membership Services Co‑ordinator

Part of IMCA's Membership Services Group, Kayleigh has been responsible for co-ordinating the sales of IMCA's publications since 2014. Kayleigh's duties include invoicing, distribution and liaison with printers, as well as dealing with the range of world-wide enquiries which IMCA receives. Kayleigh joined IMCA in June 2012 as our Receptionist & Office Administrator. She assisted the team with various administrative tasks, in particular with publications sales, as well as being the first point of contact on the telephone and for our visitors.

Kayleigh has a background in customer service, reception and administration; prior to joining IMCA, she was as an administrator and receptionist for a college.

Kayleigh is currently on maternity leave.


Kayleigh Tucker Membership Services Co‑ordinator

Kayleigh's main focus within the Membership Services Group, is dealing with membership enquiries, subscriptions, applications, invoicing and all matters related to membership. She provides wide-ranging support to IMCA members and helps manage our database of contacts.

Kayleigh joined IMCA in March 2011 as our Receptionist & Office Administrator before moving into our accounts department. In 2015 she joined Michelle Killington in the membership team. Kayleigh has a background in customer service and administration.

Kayleigh is currently on maternity leave.

Events

Claudine Bleza Travel & Events Planner

Claudine joined IMCA in April 2007. Her primary role is organising the association's involvement in a variety of industry exhibitions and conferences, where IMCA exhibits, presents or is one of the supporting organisations. The management of IMCA's social events, such as the golf day and other social receptions are also part of her remit. She is also in charge of sourcing marketing and promotional materials and works on seminar administration and sharing in various support tasks.

She studied  at Middlesex University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Art and Design History. Her career background has mainly been in marketing, having worked in the hotel and media industries, involving tradeshows, events and marketing campaigns.

IT

Ryan Foley IT Support Administrator & eCMID Database Manager

Ryan joined the team in November 2014 as IT Support Administrator. Ryan's duties include developing and maintaining IMCA's eCMID database, providing internal IT support for the secretariat, developing and maintaining the networking infrastructure of the IMCA offices and managing IMCA's internal systems.  Ryan also manages the IMCA website and IMCA eCMID websites.

Ryan is your first point of call for all eCMID related issues and passes on important updates to the eCMID community.

Ryan has worked in various IT support roles since 2008 and studied Computer Science & Networks at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He also has three advanced diplomas in Information Technology and previous web development and SQL experience. Ryan is also a recognised member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Finance

Jill Adamson Accounts Administrator

Jill joined us in July 2015 as our Accounts Assistant. Jill has a strong all round bookkeeping background which helps her support IMCA in all things accounting.

Jill has experience as a bookkeeper for a security firm and doing the accounts for a local tennis club.