Operations Committee

The Operations Committee informs, helps co-ordinate and lead the operations of IMCA by overseeing the programme of work and delivery plans of all committees. It comprises the chairmen of all our technical and regional committees. Its chairman and vice-chairman also serve on the Board.

Committee Members

Name Company Role/Representative
Steve Sheppard Helix Energy Solutions Group Chairman, Operations Committee
Diving Division Chairman
Steve Benzie i-Tech⁷ Competence & Training Chairman
Nathalie Louys Subsea 7 Contracts & Insurance Chairman
Travis Matthews McDermott International Inc Environmental Sustainability Committee Chairman
Darren Thomas MMA Offshore Asia HSSE Chairman
Sandy Steven Subsea 7 Lifting & Rigging Chairman
Neil McDonald Subsea 7 Marine Division Chairman
Peter McCombie TechnipFMC Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Chairman
Mike Liddell Fugro Offshore Survey Division Chairman
Graham Duncan TechnipFMC Remote Systems & ROV Division Chairman
Jaap Zwicker Heerema Marine Contractors Asia-Pacific Region Chairman
Pawel Panka TechnipFMC Europe & Africa Region Chairman
Mike Dravitzki Fugro Middle East & India Region Chairman
Blaine Thibodeaux Fugro North America Region Chairman
John Chatten Fugro South America Region Chairman


The role of the Operations Committee is to:

  • Provide an additional vehicle for two-way dialogue between members and the Board.
  • Approve applications to become members of IMCA
  • Allow committee chairmen to contribute to developing IMCA strategy, to keep informed of and aligned with IMCA strategy and to exchange ideas with each other and with the Board
  • Assist the Technical Director to monitor delivery of work plans
  • Oversee the processes for succession planning for committee members and chairmen and for IMCA elections
  • Advise the CEO and Board on the overall structure of committees
  • Through the CEO and Technical Director guide the work of the secretariat on technical matters.