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


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


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.

Katya Zotova

Non Executive Director

Katya has 25 years’ experience in strategy and business development, investment banking and private equity. Between 2014 and 2020, she was Non-Executive Director for Vedanta Resources plc, a globally diversified natural resources company with revenues of more than $10 billion. She currently acts as an adviser at Antler, a global early-stage venture capital fund.

Until recently, Katya was Managing Director at Mizuho International PLC, a major financial services company and previously held positions as Principal at LetterOne Energy LLP, Principal at Pamplona Capital LLP, Head of International Acquisitions and Divestments at Citigroup plc and various Strategy and M&A roles at Shell PLC.

Katya holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management and completed an Executive program in Disruptive Innovation from Harvard Business School.

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.

John Wood

John Wood


Arun Raman




Sir Jonathon Band


Katya Zotova


Leadership Team

Allan Smith


Andrew Jackson


Simon Day


Matt Smith

Matt Smith


Albert Allan


Tom Hart


Serge Sehmi


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 Harland & Wolff group’s communications and marketing strategy and activities.

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 Harland & Wolff 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.

Rachel Mackenzie

Head of Grants

With over 20 years of post-qualifying experience in a number of senior roles across the private and public sector, Rachel is our Head of Grants.

Based at Harland & Wolff (Arnish), Rachel’s main responsibilities include looking at stakeholder relations and public sector engagement, collaborating with local and national governments on contributing to shared goals and projects supporting the public sector and working across the Group to meet with civil servants and government personnel to ensure they are kept up to date on the strategy and vision of Harland & Wolff.

Prior to joining the team, Rachel spent eight years as the Area Manager of the Highlands & Islands Enterprise in the Outer Hebrides. A Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, she has also worked as Finance Director in both the construction and media sectors, supporting growth and strategic direction.

In her spare time, Rachel runs a croft with cattle and sheep and enjoys horse riding. She also enjoys wild swimming in the lochs and Atlantic shores of Lewis.

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.

Andrew Jackson

Group Director of Human Resources

An internationally experienced private and public sector HR leader with a reputation for delivering exceptional business outcomes, Andrew Jackson is our Group Director of Human Resources.

With over 20 years of experience in HR leadership roles, Andrew began his career as a building/civil engineer before moving into HR.

He brings to the team a wealth of HR experience, having previously worked with Blue Chip engineering organisations to implement HR strategies.

A resilient, authentic, value-led, creative and curious individual who strives to bring the best out of people, Andrew will continue to develop and deliver the people agenda for Harland & Wolff.

Mark Lawther

Director of Defence & Government Vessels

Mark leads our Defence & Government Vessels department 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.

Simon Day

Director of HQSE

Simon has built an impressive career spanning over 25 years in the maritime sector and health & safety sectors. He began his career as a marine engineer officer in the Royal Navy and has progressed through several safety leadership roles as a regulator and practitioner to his current position as the Group Health & Safety Officer at Harland & Wolff.

Simon has held senior leadership positions at other blue-chip companies like MJ Quinn, Alstom, and Centrica. In each of these roles, he consistently prioritised health & safety. Furthermore, Simon has worked at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the government health and safety regulator.  At Harland & Wolff, Simon is pivotal in overseeing the performance improvement of Health, Quality, Safety, and Environment (HQSE) practices. He plays a crucial part in defining and ensuring effective risk management across all Harland & Wolff sites. Simon also provides strategic guidance to enhance the overall maturity of HSQE, encompassing various aspects such as operational safety, safety culture, environmental sustainability, and occupational health.

Graham Couser

Director of Commercial: Cruise, Ferry & Maritime

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 Group, 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.

Charlotte Davies

Chief Commercial Officer

Charlotte is our Chief Commercial Officer, and brings to the team over 20 years of defence commercial experience. Prior to joining Harland & Wolff Charlotte has held commercial roles at BAE Systems, Thales, KPMG and the Cabinet Office.  She has worked on several complex high-profile defence and civil programmes, including the Astute Class Submarine, Satellite Communications Systems, Tornado Aircraft, Hawk Training Jet, and Chinook Helicopter.

It is important to her that businesses agree equitable commercial relationships that bring benefit to all parties and maximise the opportunity for success.

Charlotte has undergraduate degrees in History and Law, a Masters Degree in War Studies and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.  When she is not working, she enjoys relaxing with her family.

Allan Smith

Director of Shipbuilding

With over 35 years of maritime experience, Allan is our Director of Shipbuilding.

Tasked with developing the short- and long-term engineering plans and build strategies across the group, Allan is also responsible for ensuring all four sites are ‘work-ready’.

Allan joins Harland & Wolff from Aerius Marine UK where he was the Senior Operations Manager. As part of this role, Allan was involved in the Batch 1 Type 26 programme in Glasgow as well as leading a team to provide in service support to HMNB Portsmouth.

Prior to this, Allan held senior operations positions with both the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and BAE Systems. Throughout these roles, he has delivered HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales into service as well as HMS Dragon (Type 45), Cardigan Bay and Lyme Bay (Bay Class) alongside eight landing craft for assault ships: HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark.

In his spare time, Allan enjoys spending time with his young family and when the opportunity arises, playing golf.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Group Director of Commercial – Renewables and Energy

Managing all commercial aspects of pre-tender and contract award activities, Matt Smith is our Group Commercial Director for Renewables and Energy based at Harland & Wolff (Methil).

Prior to joining the team, Matt spent over eight years in commercial leadership. Working within a fabrication firm and a multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company, as well as US-based international technical professional services firm.

Since joining the team in Methil, Matt has worked on a range of projects which have included, the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, the Solan Project for Premier Oil as well as BP’s Clair Ridge Flare Boom. More recently, Matt has played a key role in securing the Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm – WTG Jackets project.

Ian Ure

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

With over 20 years of international corporate experience in technology innovation and business creation, Ian is our Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.

An award-winning consultant and author, Ian is a seasoned strategic change executive with strong commercial acumen and deep experience leading complex transformations across functions, programmes, and territories, both in the UK and internationally.

Having worked in large blue-chip organisations and small start-up environments, Ian has a unique perspective and hands-on experience on what makes high-performing teams tick.

Throughout his career, Ian has successfully taken three start-up ventures to market and has worked in retail and leisure operations earning a reputation for successfully turning around businesses’ cost-neutrally.

Prior to joining Harland & Wolff, Ian founded a specialist strategic change consultancy which led a number of high-profile projects including landing the vision and target operating model for the UK Shipbuilding Enterprise which is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

In the newly-created role of Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Ian is focused on shaping Harland & Wolff into a higher-performing organisation, instigating digital transformation and disruption, as well as preparing the organisation for the future.