IMCA is a trade association and exists for the benefit of its members across the offshore, marine and underwater engineering industry. In common with other trade associations, we provide members with guidance, allowing them to ‘self-regulate’ rather than look to clients or governments for setting rules and procedures. While governments legislate on a range of issues in the public interest, they cannot produce legislation for every part of an industry’s operations – nor may that be desirable. A key benefit of industry guidance is that it can be implemented and updated more quickly than legislation, which is vital in an industry with rapidly advancing technology. As a trade association we must also comply with international competition law (competition, antitrust and similar laws). We use strict guidelines to ensure compliance.
IMCA ‘s technical work programme is based on a set of strategic objectives on improving peformance in the marine contracting industry.
Allen, who joined IMCA in October 2015, has over 30 years’ international experience in the marine contracting business with leading companies including Subsea 7, Acergy and Technip.
Allen’s career in the marine industry began in 1978 when as a graduate engineer he qualified as a commercial air diver and has subsequently spent his entire professional career in the marine contracting business.
Richard joined IMCA in October 2015 as Technical Director. He 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 Group Manager – Mobile Assets.
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.
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 non-governmental observer status, and other sources of international, regional and national legislation which affects the maritime industries and IMCA members in particular.
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.
Mark joined the IMCA secretariat as a Technical Adviser – Marine in February 2012 from Charles Taylor Consulting where he worked as a senior surveyor and divisional director in the safety and loss prevention department.
Chris Baldwin 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.
Nick’s main work is supporting the IMCA Safety, Environment & Legislation Committee and the Offshore Survey Committee. Nick has 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 & guidance. As someone from a survey engineering background he is also well qualified to offer significant technical input to IMCA’s Offshore Survey related publications.
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.
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.
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 10 years Peter 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.
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 is currently on maternity leave until 2018.
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.
Elizabeth joined IMCA’s Membership Services Group in 2016 as Receptionist & Office Administrator to provide maternity cover for the team. Hers is most likely the first voice you’ll hear when you call the IMCA office.
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.
Chris Freer joined the IMCA secretariat in October 2012 as a Graphic Design & Communications Co-ordinator after returning from travelling and living in Asia and Australia for a year. Chris is in charge of putting together our quarterly newsletter Making Waves, designing all our marketing and events collateral as well as many of IMCA’s documents and publications.
Ryan joined the team in November 2014 as the IT Support Administrator, Ryan’s duties involve developing both the CMID database and the internal databases of IMCA, mantaining the IT life cycle and support of the IMCA Secretariat both in house and remotely.