Our talented team has decades of international and regional experience of working across all of our sectors and delivering across the full lifecycle of services.

The Board

MALCOLM GROAT

INTERIM CHAIRMAN

John Wood

John Wood

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Arun Raman

Arun Raman

GROUP CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

Sir Jonathon Band

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Malcom Groat

Non Executive Director

Malcolm has worked for many years as a consultant to companies in technology, natural resources and general commerce. Following an early career with PWC in London, he held CFO, COO, and CEO roles in established corporations including the construction firm now called Arcadis.

Since 2004 Malcolm has served in non-executive director or chairman positions, today including Baronsmead Second Venture Trust PLC and Tomco Energy PLC. Malcolm is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds university degrees from St Andrews (MA) and Warwick (MBA).

John Wood

John Wood

Group Chief Executive Officer

John has enjoyed a distinguished career within the Oil and Gas sector, holding senior posts with BAE Systems, and was more recently the Global Head of Oil and Gas with Aurecon, a global engineering and advisory firm.

He has successfully undertaken projects in Australia, the USA, Africa, Europe and the UK, building up extensive experience delivering pre-FEED and FEED (Front End Engineering Design), FID (Final Investment Decision) and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts involving storage and infrastructure developments.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at InfraStrata plc, John worked as a consultant for the company, and was closely involved in negotiating and agreeing FEED contracts for the Islandmagee gas storage facility with Costain, DEEP KBB and WSP, as well as the appointment of Evan Passaris (Atkins) as a specialist in salt cavern gas storage. During that time, John managed all FEED related activities on behalf of the company.

He is a well-known and a highly respected industry professional and has extensive experience of working within maritime and offshore engineering.

Clive Richardson

Chairman

Most recently, Clive was Group CEO of V. Group, one of the world’s largest providers of commercial ship management services with over 1,000 vessels under management. Clive held P&L responsibility, reporting to the main board, and achieved significant organic growth for shareholders throughout his tenure, also making several acquisitions. Clive also introduced a core operating framework and enhanced controls and governance which led to a significant reduction in overheads, as well as leading the recapitalisation of the business as required.

Between 2007 and 2009, Clive was Chief Operating Officer, EMEA, and Chairman, QinetiQ Ventures for QinetiQ plc, formerly known as the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency which was subsequently privatised in February 2006. This signalled the start of rapid growth and the business now reports annual revenues of £1.4 billion.  Clive held P&L responsibility for all operations outside of North America and during his tenure, undertook three acquisitions in Australia and two acquisitions in the information security sector.  Clive was also Chairman of QinetiQ Ventures’ partnership with Coller Capital in the £80m Cody Gate Ventures fund.

Between 1989 and 2007 Clive was an executive at BAE Systems Plc. He held several senior roles during his time there, including Chief Executive of Insyte, Managing Director at Royal Ordnance plc and Commercial Director at BAe Airbus. During his career Clive also held senior positions at Marconi Electronic Devices Ltd and Westland Helicopters Limited.

Between 2004 and 2009 Clive was a member of the National Defence Industries Council, (the Government and Industry defence consultation authority) and he was President of Tech UK, (the UK trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics sector), between 2009 and 2011.

Sir Jonathon Band

Non Executive Director

Sir Jonathon Band is a former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal Navy during which period he created a new innovative Command Structure in addition to promoting the need for maritime investment and security. Sir Jonathon has also worked very closely with industry to promote and implement the Defence Industrial Strategy, a UK government policy focused on the efficient allocation of military equipment and resources to the UK armed forces.

Prior to his role as First Sea Lord, Sir Jonathon was Commander in Chief Fleet during which time, as Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the operational capability and deployment of the Navy’s front line. Sir Jonathon is highly respected for his time spent in supporting foreign and defence policies and for his crucial role in negotiating and building coalitions across NATO allies and Middle Eastern partners.

Following his retirement from the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon has held numerous non-executive positions at Lockheed Martin UK, Babcock International Group, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Survitec Group Ltd.

Sir Jonathon is currently a Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation, the NYSE & LSE listed global cruise operator.

Allan Ralston

Director of Energy & Renewables

Allan is our Managing Director based in Belfast and brings over 25 years of international experience across the Defence, Oil & Gas and Renewables markets, having operated in small to large market capitalisation organisations.

Allan’s achievements range from defining the build strategy for and latterly leading on up to £830M of major contracts on the QEC Aircraft Carrier Programme, turning around underperforming oilfield & subsea services businesses in oil & gas and offshore wind – delivering international growth and positive EBITDA, to leading complex multi-billion pound projects and portfolios.

He has held various senior management positions within BAE Systems and most notably the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, and enjoyed successes in delivery and growth focused director roles within Hertel, Starn Energy Services Group, SSE Renewables, and Oceaneering International.

Allan has an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde University and in his spare time enjoys keeping fit and playing competitive tennis.

arun ramen

Arun Raman

Group Chief Finance Officer

Arun has spent the past 20 years within the commodities and infrastructure sector. While at Star Energy Group plc (now known as Petronas Energy Trading Ltd.), he was responsible for commercialising its 10BCF Humbly Grove Underground Gas Storage Project, including the negotiation and commercial delivery of the Gas Storage Agreement with Vitol SA as the capacity offtake client.

He also negotiated and executed agreements with the National Grid in relation to physical gas flows between the Humbly Grove gas storage facility and the National Transmission System. On the trading side, Arun set up trading desks for natural gas, power and carbon emissions for the group.

Following on from there, Arun was hired by Vitol Services Ltd. in London where he was actively trading carbon emissions and other commodities. He specialises in commercial negotiations and monetising assets underpinned by commodity flows as well as trading of commodities around such assets.

Arun is a qualified Chartered Accountant having completed his training with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citibank N.A. in India. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the last 17 years post qualification, and also holds the designation of Certified Internal Auditor awarded to him by the Institute of Internal Auditors, Florida, USA.

Leadership Team

ALLAN RALSTON

DIRECTOR OF ENERGY & RENEWABLES

Mark Lawther

DIRECTOR OF DEFENCE & GOVERNMENT VESSELS

Kelly O’Rourke

GROUP DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Phil Gray

GROUP HEAD OF BUSINESS SYSTEMS

Amanda McClelland

GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Graham Couser

GROUP DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL: CRUISE & FERRY AND MARITIME.

Tom Hart

GENERAL MANAGER – APPLEDORE

Serge Sehmi

GROUP HEAD OF LEGAL

Seena Shah

HEAD OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

William Duff

William Duff

GENERAL MANAGER – METHIL

Steven Wright

GENERAL MANAGER – BELFAST

Albert Allan

GENERAL MANAGER – ARNISH

Serge Sehmi

Head of Legal

Serge is our Group Head of Legal. Serge is an experienced lawyer and consultant with over 20 years in-house global experience and an accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, with a focus on risk identification and control, analysing, structuring, negotiating and closing sophisticated and complex broad range of commercial transactions and disputes in the manufacturing, aerospace and defence (land, sea and air) sectors in the UK, US and the Middle East.

Serge has worked with the likes of Cobham (UK), AIP Aerospace (US) and Morganite Industries (US) and various international governments and has negotiated several high profile high value deals including the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, a British project to provide air to air refuelling aircraft, as well as the air support to operational readiness training for the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Bomb suit protection system for the US and UK military.

Having lived in the US for several years and having set up his consultancy, he returned to the UK recently.

Serge earned his bachelors’ degree in law and his and masters’ degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and his Civil & Commercial Mediation accreditation from London and is member of the International Bar Association.

Tom Hart

General Manager – Appledore

Bringing over 30 years of experience in project, operations and construction management throughout the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates, Tom joins Harland & Wolff (Appledore) from Dubai based, Drydocks World where he was Director of Projects & Engineering. He joins after the site has enjoyed major investment and upgrades since the InfraStrata plc acquisition and is now fully operational.

Tom began his career in the Merchant Navy as a cadet before moving to P&O Ferries, where he rose through the ranks from Marine Engineer to Chief Engineer.

Moving shore-side, he then headed to the UAE to join Dubai Drydocks as a Ship Repair Manager. During his time in Dubai, Tom moved from drydocks into the oil and gas industry, where he project managed new-build jack-up oil rigs and offshore wind turbine installation ships with MIS & Lamprell Energy. He also held various other positions such as Commissioning Manager and Group Operations Manager, where he ran three shipyards.

Tom then returned to Dubai Dry Drydocks for a final two-year stint as Director of Project Management & Engineering.

Now in his role as General Manager, based in Appledore, North Devon, Tom will be responsible for the overall day-to-day running of the site. This includes the organisation and logistics for all incoming projects, site safety and security as well as overseeing all monetary aspects.

Seena Shah

Head of Marketing & Communications

Seena leads the InfraStrata group’s communications and marketing strategy and activities, including for Harland & Wolff.

Seena read International Relations with Spanish at the University of Plymouth, where she was actively involved in student politics and was elected into several roles, including President of the students’ union.

Seena’s post-graduate career started at Darwin Recruitment, working with German and Austrian technology companies, making use of her fluent German language skills and she led on business development research projects.

She then took a role with a London-based social enterprise start-up where she grew and led the campaign management team working with major STEM brands including Thales, Tata Consultancy, Cisco and Crossrail.

Headhunted by a digital agency to lead their social media marketing service delivery. Seena joined an award-winning digital agency and went on to acquire leadership over delivery of affiliate and email marketing and was the creative lead on major corporate projects and accounts.

In 2015, Seena was listed as a Top Woman Under 30 in Digital by The Drum and is regularly asked to speak on the representation of women in tech and digital.

Before joining Infrastrata to head up the group’s marketing and communications efforts, she spent five years working as a Digital Communications Consultant, predominantly with technology start-up companies, including blockchain, cryptocurrency and challenger bank brands.

Seena is a life-long Arsenal FC fan, when she isn’t cheering on her team, she can be found at music gigs and food festivals.

Phil Gray

Group Head of Business Systems

Phil Gray holds responsibility for identifying, designing, monitoring and managing the successful delivery of organisational change efforts of varying sizes and complexity.

Starting his career in finance and IT, progressing through to Board level positions, Phil maintained an interest in translating complex, ambiguous challenges into workable solutions.

Phil has progressed into project and change management across multiple channels and environments, one of the most memorable projects Phil managed was the History of Ideas for Radio 4, working with multiple stakeholders and creative teams.

Chris McNally

Facilities Manager

Chris leads the facilities department which maintains and operates our dry docks, infrastructure, plant & equipment. The department supports the business by performing planned protective maintenance, ensuring compliance to legislative requirements, yard upgrades and project Support.

After completing a BEng (Hons) Engineering Management degree at the University of Ulster, Chris joined Harland & Wolff as a Graduate Engineer in 2012 and has worked on a number of major projects across the oil & gas (rig and FPSO), renewables and ship repair sectors in management roles.

Chris is a Certified Member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

During his spare time Chris enjoys playing golf and badminton

Kelly O’Rourke

Group Director of Human Resources

Kelly leads on the delivery of human resources across the InfraStrata PLC group.

Kelly has developed and delivered HR strategy and operations in senior roles across a range of different sectors and organisations, including commercial shipbuilding, petrochemicals, property and government oversight and regulation.

Kelly has significant experience across all areas of HR and people management and has delivered initiatives across organisational and people development, employee relations, recruitment and performance management. She has implemented significant change across a number of roles and delivered nationally-recognised and award-winning HR services.

Kelly is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a master’s degree in HR Management.

William Duff

William Duff

General Manager – Methil

William (Willie) Duff is the Head of Business Development, Commercial & Energy. He is responsible for driving growth across the commercial, oil & gas and renewables sectors for the business.

Willie started out his career serving a four-year apprenticeship as a ”Boilermaker” in a major UK dockyard in the mid – seventies, where he continued to work until 2006. Following this, he moved to the Middle East to further develop his knowledge and experience in the marine and oil & gas industries.

Willie is a proud, passionate and respected individual with lots of fun and energy. He has held senior management positions with major companies within the marine and oil & gas sectors, and brings over 45 years of business development and project delivery experience to the company. Willie was recognised for his contribution and services to the oil & gas industry in 2015 at the Excellence Awards for Oil & Gas Services and in 2018 he was recognised for his exemplary personal achievement by the Offshore Jack Up Middle East Industry.

Outside of business, Willie is a keen and passionate sportsman. He played and coached football for many years. He has run several marathons, working with many charities raising thousands of pounds in the process. Some significant achievements include running the New York marathon and cycling the the length of the UK with the Royal Navy.

Willie also had the pleasure of volunteering at the World Special Olympics (People with Determination) in 2019 which were held in UAE. His role was assisting the athletes over a 3-week period.

Willie enjoys a game of golf in his free time, where he pays to play  – as he would say he “is not good enough to get paid for playing”.

Mark Lawther

Director of Defence & Government Vessels

Mark leads our sales team, with a driven purpose to grow our client portfolio and to develop long-term business for Harland & Wolff. Mark’s key objectives are to collaborate with clients to form and sustain strong trusted relationships.

Mark is a driven and passionate maritime business professional, inspired by a Scottish shipbuilding family ancestry. Mark has over three decades of UK and international ship repair, build and support experience of high-profile programmes and complex platforms.

He is a proud Electrical and Electronic Engineering apprentice, with a very colourful and rich career within FTSE100 and FTSE250 defence primes. Mark holds privileged access to and consultation experience within Navy Command HQ and DE&S operating centres, along with reputable strengths in export defence and maritime experiences with Brazil, Australia, Romania, France and Canada.

Mark’s claim to fame is as a world ranking Muay-Thai kickboxing champion, achieved when he was 20 years old but these days he enjoys playing more solemn golf on his beloved Jack Nicklaus golf resort in Cornwall.

Steven Wright

General Manager – Belfast

Steven (Stevie) is the General Manager responsible for operational activities and maintenance of the main yard and ship repair facilities and feels immense pride to be part of the Harland & Wolff team.

Steven started his career by serving a 3 year apprenticeship at Harland & Wolff as a mechanical fitter and progressed through the company to project management level, moving to the Middle East to continue his development and experience within the Marine, Oil & Gas and fleet operations markets.

Steven has a passion for the marine industry which spans over 30 years and has been involved in managing new build programmes and vessel repairs covering FPSO, Jack up barges, Rigs, oil tankers, support vessels and many more.

Amanda McCelland

Group Financial Controller

Amanda leads the finance team across the various Harland & Wolff group sites.

Amanda has over 20 years of experience in finance across a range of different sectors and organisations, including manufacturing, publishing, insurance and banking; incorporating the full business lifecycle and supporting the growth and strategic direction of businesses.

Her achievements range from the design and implementation of financial and business systems and processes for business transformation driving business strategy and change including finance programme management for a large scale business transformation programme for a UK insurance company.

Amanda is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Graham Couser

Director of Commercial: Cruise, Ferry & Maritime

Based in Miami, Florida, Graham is our Director of Commercial: Cruise & Ferry and Maritime. Graham is tasked with developing Harland & Wolff’s world-wide reputation as a brand with the requisite facilities and capabilities designed to accommodate repairs, refits, refurbishments and revitalisations for cruise and ferry vessels.

He will also focus on exposure of the Harland & Wolff business to the marine industry throughout North and South America.

Prior to joining Harland & Wolff, Graham served as Senior Vice President at Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. During his twenty-year tenure, the shipyard developed from a “green-field” with a single floating dock, to become a world-leading cruise and commercial ship repair facility.

Albert Allan

General Manager – Arnish

With the Isle of Lewis site focused on the renewable, oil and gas and general maritime sectors, Albert brings 33 years of experience in project, operations and construction management. He joins Harland & Wolff (Arnish) from KCA Deutag where he was Senior Vice President for the RDS Business Unit and member of the executive board.

Prior to KCA Deutag, Albert held roles at The Oman Oil Construction Company as General Manager, Mott MacDonald as Global Managing Director for its oil, gas and petrochemicals business, Global Energy Group as Chief Operating Officer and spent 24 years at KBR where he worked on a wide range of oil and gas projects in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. As Vice President of Operations, Albert had responsibility for KBR Operations in Baku, Moscow, Lagos, Cairo, Leatherhead, Greenford, Johannesburg, and established operations in Luanda, Atyrau and El Khober. Prior to this, Albert held positions as Regional Director of Project Controls, Construction and Project Management.

Now in his role as General Manager, Albert will be responsible for the overall day-to-day running of the site. This includes the organisation and logistics for all incoming projects, site safety and security as well as overseeing all monetary aspects.