Secretariat

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

Management

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.


Margaret Fitzgerald Margaret Fitzgerald Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs

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.


Achilleas Georgiou Achilleas Georgiou Head of Communications

Achilleas joined IMCA in November 2017. He has a wealth of experience and a proven track record of managing communications in the marine and related industries.

Prior to joining IMCA, Achilleas was with Amec Foster Wheeler. He has also worked with two of IMCA’s member companies, McDermott International and Subsea 7.

His experience covers all aspects of communications, including media relations, publications, event management, marketing, digital and social media.


Bryan McGlinchy Diving Manager

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 team, where he focuses on the work programme of IMCA's diving committee.

Member and Client Engagement

David Bloom Director for Client Engagement - Europe & Africa

As director for client engagement, David supports the Association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry.

David joined the offshore industry in 1975 with Oceaneering, and during a 20 year career held various roles, including General Manager of the Southern North Sea and West African business units, before spending three years at McDermott Subsea as Business Development Manager in the North Sea and West Africa. In 1998 he joined Brown & Root as UK Business Development Manager, and in the years that followed played a crucial part in a number of significant business integrations and acquisitions leading up to the merger of Acergy and Subsea 7 in 2011.

In 2016 he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Subsea UK annual awards.


Bruce Gresham Director for Client Engagement - USA

Bruce joined the IMCA secretariat in June 2018. He knows IMCA well having been a past Vice-Chairman of the Association’s North America regional committee.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore construction industry. Bruce joined Heerema Marine Contractors in 1985 and held a wide range of executive roles in developing the company’s successful market presence in North America.

Bruce was also a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the influential National Ocean Industries Association in Washington DC.


Chris Rodricks Chris Rodricks Business Development - Middle East & India

Chris Rodricks is IMCA's representative in the Middle East and India. Chris was Chairman of our Middle East & India Region for six years until his retirement as CEO of SEAMEC in 2017. A Master Mariner by professional background, he has a long and distinguished career in operational and management roles with leading industry names such as India Steamship, Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore, and SEAMEC.

Technical Team

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.


Kester Keighley Kester Keighley Technical Assistant - Diving

Kester Keighley joined IMCA as Technical Assistant – Diving in November 2017, having previously undertaken similar work for the association. He is particularly involved in the review of diving contractor membership applications, as part of our focus upon improving members’ services.

Holding an Honours Degree in Nautical Studies and an MA in Maritime Archaeology, Kester is an experienced saturation diver having worked in the Middle East, the North Sea, West Africa & India. Most recently he has been working as a diving supervisor overseeing wet-bell operations on a large archaeological diving project in the southern sector.


Christopher Lloyd Strategy Consultant

Christopher joined IMCA in April 2018 to lead the association’s new initiatives on environmental sustainability, digitalisation and standardisation.

He started his career at London Offshore Consultants, working on barge loadouts, design analysis and Marine Warranty. He has worked for IMCA member Saipem on subsea heavy lift projects as lead engineer and for Statoil as a project manager in subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR). He has also worked as a project manager for Technocean Subsea and PetroMall as a consultant.

Christopher is Chartered as a Naval Architect, Marine Engineer and Petroleum Engineer, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce. His academic qualifications include a BEng in Ship Science and Masters in Marine technology from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School.


Alan Melia Technical Adviser - Diving

Alan joined IMCA in July 2018 and has nearly 40 years’ experience in the diving industry. He previously worked with Vertech Integrity Services, where he was the Offshore Diving Manager; he has held similar senior diving roles with Stork Technical Services and RBG. Alan’s experience includes developing the diving safety management system of a start-up diving contractor to the point where the company met IMCA’s requirements for contractor membership of the Diving Division.

Alan is a member of IMCA’s highly experienced Diving Division team, and he will advise on all aspects of how diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently.


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.

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, assisting with membership administration.  She provides wide-ranging support to IMCA members, helping to manage the database of our contacts.  In addition to this, Chelsea handles documents administration for IMCA, working on and publishing our safety flashes, information notes and guidance documents.  Chelsea joined us in June 2015 as our Receptionist & Office Administrator, before joining the Membership Services team in late 2016.

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


Elizabeth Gibbons Membership Services Co‑ordinator

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 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 has a background in customer service, reception and administration; prior to joining IMCA, she was as an audio typist/receptionist for a law costs draftsman.

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.

IT Services

Adam Hugo Adam Hugo IT Services Supervisor & Systems Developer

Adam is responsible for the support and continuous improvement of a variety of services, including: the secretariat IT network; SharePoint sites used by committees and workgroups; and the eCMID vessel inspection system. The developer aspect of the role encompasses: our website, with new features in the pipeline; expanded use of SharePoint functionality; making more efficient use of IMCA data; and liaising with the external eCMID development team.

Adam previously worked for IMCA from 1998 to 2010, mainly in the role of Support Services Manager. Since 2010, he spent a number of years as a freelance developer and content producer, adding to his IT knowledge and experience, including projects for some IMCA members. In 2016, IMCA commissioned Adam to redevelop its website, producing the site we are using today, and subsequently engaged him on other IT-related projects before making this full-time appointment in November 2017.


Jordan Lawler Jordan Lawler IMCA IT Services Assistant

Jordan joined IMCA in December 2017 as its new IT Services Assistant. He provides frontline support for the secretariat network, for online services provided to committee members (SharePoint) and for the IMCA eCMID vessel inspection system.

Having completed an IT apprenticeship, Jordan brings experience of working for an IT support company, supporting various clients, which gave him useful exposure to a variety of systems and working environments. He has a particular interest in and knowledge of computer hardware and, outside of IMCA, is a keen traveller.