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

john wood

John Wood

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

john petticrew

John Petticrew

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Paul Blake

Paul Blake

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

aarun ramenrun ramen

Arun Raman

GROUP CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

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.

john petticrew

John Petticrew

Managing Director

John has decades of experience running fabrication and shipbuilding facilities around the world. Until recently, he was Vice President Operations at Seaspan Shipyard in Vancouver, Canada, where he had 2,000 employees reporting into him with five divisional directors. In this role, John was an integral part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy for Canada, in the design and build of six vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard.

Prior to this, John was the Vice President of Engineering for Seaspan, Technical Director for Gulf Marine Services (Abu Dhabi) Senior Project Director for Lamprell Energy Limited (Sharjah)and held the position of New Building Division Manager for Dubai Dry Docks. Commencing his career in 1982, John spent over a decade at Saint John Ship Building, serving as Superintendent and Production Manager. He has a wealth of experience across fabrication, oil & gas, defence, ship repair and vessel construction.

John inherited his passion for this industry from his father who started his own managerial career in Calcutta India.

Paul Blake

Paul Blake

Operations Director

Paul is responsible for all operational activities across the Harland & Wolff work sites and also leads the yard modernisation program to support our growth and development plans.

Paul has been working in the maritime industry since 1994, starting out in technical ship management before transitioning into shipyard operational management. He brings significant international experience which spans all of our service offerings.

Paul could also be considered “rare breed”, born and raised in the Falkland Islands where his parents and other family members still live and he returns home whenever he can.

Paul is passionate about building long term, fair, and trusting relationships with both clients and colleagues, creating an environment where we can focus on working collaboratively with can-do behaviours.

aarun ramenrun 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

phil gray

Phil Gray

DIRECTOR OF TRANSITION

Alan Hayley

Alan Haley

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

Chris McNally

FACILITIES MANAGER

julie craig

Julie Craig

HR MANAGER

eoghan rainey

Eoghan Rainey

DIRECTOR OF HSEQW

Paul Blake

Paul Blake

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

john petticrew

John Petticrew

MANAGING DIRECTOR

seena shah

Seena Shah

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

William Duff

William Duff

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, COMMERCIAL & OFFSHORE

Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CRUISE & FERRY

Mark Lawther

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, DEFENCE

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eoghan rainey

Eoghan Rainey

Director of HSEQW

Eoghan leads the HSEQW team to champion compliance and improvement throughout the company and supply chain in health, safety, quality, environmental and welding engineering.

After completing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Eoghan held roles in quality engineering and shift supervision and management in manufacturing companies. This led to roles in a number of multi-national companies across quality health & safety and environment management in manufacturing, steel distribution, shipbuilding and fabrication. Throughout his 25-year long career, Eoghan has sought to encourage improvement in people and processes.

During his spare time, Eoghan is a runner and coaches Tag Rugby for players with learning disabilities and athletics for children.

seena shah

Seena Shah

Marketing & Communications Manager

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 held several role including President of the students’ union.

Seena’s career started at Darwin Recruitment, working with German and Austrian technology companies, making use of her fluent German language skills and getting involved in 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

Phil Gray

Director of Transition

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.

Alan Hayley

Alan Haley

Director of Engineering

Alan leads the engineering resources, supporting the full life cycle of our projects and products from conception, through design, fabrication, construction and completion, ensuring all technical aspects reflect the requirements and performance expectations of our customers.

After completing a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Alan joined Harland & Wolff in 1988, and has subsequently performed a diverse range of senior management roles, including Fabrication, Ship Construction, FPSO and Rig Conversion, and the Facilities and Quality Assurance functions. He has also been responsible for the implementation of major improvement and technology transfer initiatives in the naval, offshore oil and gas, renewable energy and decommissioning markets, and provides consultancy to clients internationally.

During his spare time, Alan enjoys restoring classic cars and cycling, and is a STEM Ambassador.

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

julie craig

Julie Craig

HR MANAGER

A graduate of the University of Ulster, Julie has more than two decades of experience working in human resources within the Engineering Sector in the UK and Germany.

Julie has been member of the Harland & Wolff team since 2012, she has extensive experience in employment, recruitment, training, development and labour relations.

She is an avid reader and a fluent German speaker.

William Duff

William Duff

Director of Business Development, Commercial & Offshore

William (Willie) Duff is the Director of Business Development, Commercial & Offshore. 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”.

Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills

Director of Business Development, Cruise & Ferry

Born in East Belfast, Stephen grew up with H&W Goliath cranes as his playground backdrop. After graduating from the University of Ulster in Civil Engineering, Stephen worked as an engineer in the building and civil sectors before joining Mivan Marine, where he accumulated over 30 years in the marine sector.

Stephen has specialist knowledge of cruise lines, ferry operators, shipyards and an in-depth understanding of supply chains, where he has built a vast network of relationships from working across Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

His experience has covered both hands-on and management of enquiry generation, estimating, contract negotiation to final project/account handover and ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

According to one frequent flyer programme, Stephen has notched +1 million miles in the air which is the equivalent of flying to two return trips to the moon, that’s 2,000 hours in the air, visiting 44 cities in 23 countries. His most recent trip was to New Zealand via San Francisco, where he clocked up 11,500 miles in 24 hours.

Mark Lawther

Director of Business Development, Defence

Mark leads on our defence programmes, with a driven purpose to build a new defence portfolio and to grow a long-term defence business for Harland & Wolff. Mark’s key objectives are to collaborate with the MOD and the Defence Enterprise to form and sustain strong trusted relationships and to provide certainty of delivery for all of our defence programmes.

Mark is a driven and passionate defence and maritime business professional. Inspired by a generation of Scottish shipbuilding family ancestry since a young age. 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.