The governing body of IMCA is the board of directors of IMCA Holdings Ltd and, in keeping with tradition, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the board are also given the honorary titles of President and Vice-President of the Association. The CEO is responsible to the Board for the performance of the Association and the secretariat. The Board comprises 10-12 directors, including six GCo members, one ICo member, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Operations Committee, the CEO and two positions reserved for skill or diversity requirements.

The Operations Committee is responsible for the technical oversight of the numerous committees and their annual work plans.

Board Members

Person image (placeholder) Pieter Heerema Allseas Group SA IMCA President and Chairman of the Board

Pieter Heerema is Vice President Projects at Allseas, and member of its Board of Management since 2012. In this role he is responsible for the preparation of all projects worldwide, including engineering, production and safety.

He joined Allseas in 2011, as a pipeline engineer. He previously worked at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands in the research and development of electric appliances.

Pieter has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Jonathan Tame Subsea 7 IMCA Vice-President and Vice-Chairman of the Board

Jonathan is currently Vice President UK and Canada at Subsea 7, having worked in the offshore and subsea construction industry for nearly 30 years.

He holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding, is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and is a fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. His career started with Brown and Root Vickers Ltd as a graduate naval architect. He then moved into offshore construction and spent 14 years with European Marine Contractors Ltd, working as an engineer and project manager on pipeline projects worldwide, living in the UK, China, USA and Canada. In 2002 he moved to Halliburton Subsea, which soon after became Subsea 7. Jonathan has held a variety of senior roles at Subsea 7 in operations, commercial, fleet and crew management.

Allen Leatt Chief Executive

Allen is a civil engineer by professional training and has 40 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 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. In 2003 he joined Stolt Offshore in 2003 in London (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 as CEO in October 2015.

Allen 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.

Bruno Faure TechnipFMC IMCA Board Member

Bruno is Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at TechnipFMC, a position he has held since 2014, and served as IMCA President 2015-17.

Bruno is a civil engineer with a degree in finance. He has spent 30 years in the oil and gas industry, which commenced when he joined Coflexip in 1985 as structural engineer. He went on to become an installation engineer, project engineer and then occupied various positions on projects in the UK, Norway, Asia Pacific, US and Africa before moving on to General Management roles, becoming COO Africa in 2006.

In 2006 he joined Stolt Comex Seaway (now Subsea 7) as Projects and Operations Director for Africa Region and then became President for Region Africa, Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean in Subsea 7, based in London.

Luca Gentili Saipem IMCA Board Member

Luca is Senior Vice President for the Offshore Business Unit of Saipem S.p.A, responsible for its worldwide commercial strategy.  He was appointed in 2012, having previously served as Managing Director of Saipem Perth, Saipem Asia Sdn Bhd and Saipem Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and being in charge of commercial activities for the Asia Pacific region since 2009.

He began his Saipem career in 1997 in Paris with Saibos, serving first on board vessels as Field Engineer and then in the estimating and tendering department. In 2000, he moved to Dubai as Deputy Project Manager for an EPCI project of a processing platform of 12,000 tons for Total Nigeria.  In 2003, he moved to Jakarta as Project Manager of an EPCI project of two wellheads platforms and associated pipelines for BP. Before returning to Singapore, he spent time in Paris within Saipem's FPSO business.

Luca was born in Viareggio, Italy, in 1968. He graduated from the University of Pisa in Aeronautical Engineering then served as an officer in the Italian Navy.

Andy Seymour Fugro IMCA Board Member

Andy is the Global Director Operational Excellence at Fugro NV based in The Netherlands. He has a strong technical background coupled with financial, commercial and management expertise.

Andy started his career at Fugro as a field surveyor progressing to shore based management positions including country manager and regional director. In 2018 he moved into a corporate role as deputy division director and in 2019 was appointed into his current roles as Global Director Operational Excellence. He holds a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Andy has been associated with IMCA for almost 10 years having held various positions both on the South America Regional committee (Chairman) and the Operations Committee. He has been a member of the OTC Brasil Oversight Committee representing the Marine Technology Society since 2012.

Michel Hendriks Heerema Marine Contractors IMCA Board Member

Michel Hendriks joined Heerema Marine Contractors in 1989. During his career at HMC, Michel has gained experience in various positions such as Engineering, Sales, Supply Chain, Operations and Project Management. For the last seven years, as Senior Vice President Projects and Services, Michel was responsible for HMC’s portfolio of work in hand and its entire supply chain world-wide. Recently he has been appointed as Director Transport & Installation, ultimate responsible for the performance of the Business Unit.

Steve Sheppard Helix Energy Solutions Group IMCA Board Member, Chairman - Operations Committee, Chairman - Diving Division Committee

Steve is the Diving Manager at Helix Well Ops (UK) Ltd in Aberdeen. He has extensive industry experience in diving operations and is known as an industry expert in diving health and medical issues.

He is an honours graduate from Aberdeen University with a degree in Physiology. His offshore career started in the life support side of the diving industry with Comex. After 10 years on a variety of offshore worksites around the world, Steve transferred to onshore operations with Norcem Comex Subsea and then Oceaneering before moving to Stena Offshore and through its evolution through to what is TechnipFMC today. Steve has been Diving Manager with Helix Well Ops (UK) for the last 12 years.

Steve is Chairman of IMCA’s Operations Committee and in his second term as Chairman of its Diving Division Management Committee.

Jonathan Kennefick McDermott International IMCA Board Member

Jonathan Kennefick is an International Senior Vice President at McDermott based in London, UK. He is also currently Executive Project Director for the conversion project of the Amazon construction support vessel. He has extensive EPCI project and operational experience in the offshore and subsea development sector.

Following the completion of an MSc in Subsea Technology at Cranfield University, Jonathan began his career as an Offshore Field Engineer in 1992 with McDermott International. During his career he has held roles of increasing seniority in projects, operations, business development, QHSE and management.

Additionally, he holds a BSc in Physics from the University of London, an MBA from the University of Houston and is a Project Management Professional.


The Board’s role is set down in the Articles of Association, the Bye-laws and company law. In summary:

  • Agree the mission, values and strategy of IMCA
  • Monitor the legal compliance of the association
  • Provide strategic leadership to IMCA, anticipating changes in the business and regulatory environment and take action to ensure the success of the industry
  • Monitor and secure the economic viability of the association including approving the  annual budget and approval of the annual accounts
  • Review and agree the business plan presented by the Chief Executive
  • Monitor the progress of IMCA against its overall plans
  • Agree and monitor high level policies for the association e.g. competition law policy, retention and disposal of documents, complaints and appeals by Members
  • Appoint the Chief Executive and provide him/her with appropriate guidance and  support and monitor his/her performance
  • Establish and implement Membership criteria for the association and provide  appropriate accountability to the Membership
  • Guide and support the Chairman and Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive and other designated spokespeople as the public voice of the association within the trade and associated arenas
  • Ensure tight integration of the high level strategy to provide leadership to the industry through the work of the Core, Divisional, and Regional Committees
  • Review and monitor the governance of the association and their own performance as the governing body.