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Directors and Management

The directors and senior management of SSI Energy have extensive experience in offshore operations both within the commercial and military sectors. SSI Energy’s Medical Advisor, Katie, provides the medical support, selection, evaluation and training alongside Phil Keating, who was the MERT Manager for 3 years on one of the largest offshore windfarms and has unsurpassed experience in extracting and treating medical emergencies on windfarms. Furthermore the bespoke SSI Energy post-incident procedures and concepts enhance SSI Energy’s abilities to provide an unrivalled service to its clients.

Patrick Phelan and Damon Winnard provide commercial and technical experience and knowledge to our technical service. Patrick as the former MD of JDR Cable Systems and Damon from the previous decade working on subsea technical cable installation.

Duncan Higham BSc Econ

Managing Director

Duncan was educated at Cardiff University and Imperial College. He underwent emergency medical training in Cape Town, South Africa. He served for ten years in the Royal Marines leaving post staff college as a Major. Duncan has completed three tours of Afghanistan, the last as Operations Officer for the Royal Marines Brigade conducting offensive operations in Helmand Province. He is experienced and has a track record of delivering solutions under pressure. In Helmand, all casevac operations were controlled through the Operations Room responsible for the control of all MERT recovery of casualties.

Duncan founded SSI in 2012 and has grown it into a successful multi-million pound business.

Patrick Phelan

Strategic Advisor

Patrick Phelan has over thirty years’ experience in the offshore energy industry, both Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind.

He has been Managing Director of four companies operating in the sector over the past twenty years, including JDR Cable Systems which he helped grow to a £100m + turnover business and JDR is now a major supplier to offshore wind projects throughout Europe.

He has been directly involved in projects such as Beatrice, Greater Gabbard, London Array, and Wave Hub, and brings this experience and knowledge to help shape SSI Energy’s offering to the offshore renewable industry.

He is Chairman of EEEGR (East of England Energy Group), has been a Member of the UK Government Oil & Gas Industry Council since 2012 and has won various awards including Cambridge Businessman of the Year & Queens award for Enterprise in 2010 & the FMC Global Supplier Safety Award in 2009.

Julian Rawles

Commercial Director

Since 2010 Julian Rawles has experience in deep water salvage, oil & gas wellhead intervention and subsea cable laying operations. He was involved in the creation of the UK’s largest maritime security provider and has successfully directed three companies through Oil Major vetting. Julian is a qualified Air Traffic Control (ATC) Instructor / Examiner, having trained military ATC students at Royal Navy Air Stations and at sea. He integrated new safety regulations with the introduction of the MERLIN Helicopter whilst ensuring the continuance of the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability across the South West of England. Julian has experience of managing multiple SAR emergencies recovering seafarers using multi-agency cooperation and collaboration. He also has 5 years’ experience alongside UK Special Forces, operating in the Maritime Counter Terrorism Role.

During this period he boarded vessels at sea as well as Offshore Energy Installations via helicopter using rope access techniques including fast roping and abseiling. From 2002 – 2007 he was the helicopter abseil and fast rope Primary Authority to the Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade.

Julian is considered an industry expert in commercial activities within complex environments.

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Sian George

Senior Advisor

Sian’s consultancy business advises a range of clients in the renewable energy sector. Previously she was CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe, where she gained recognition for securing significant benefits for the sector. Previously she spent 7 years – as General Manager and Head of Commercial Development at the wave power developer, Aquamarine Power Ltd. Prior to this she developed the initial market entry strategy for Aircraft Medical, a successful technology start-up, now selling its products in 35 countries. She has also set up, and been appointed to, several UK government and EC advisory boards.

Before moving to the private sector, Sian worked for the UK Department of International Development and the UK Financial Services Authority. She has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis: Sustainable Economic Development; and a Masters in Policy Studies & Sustainable Development from Edinburgh University.

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Dr Katie Higham MBBS, BSc

Medical Advisor

Dr Katie Higham, MBBS, BSc, was a serving Royal Naval officer for 10 years, finishing her career as a Lt Cdr and commanding officer of a Royal Naval warship. Katie then trained as a doctor at Southampton Medical School.

Katie ensures that SSI Energy’s medical Standard Operating Procedures are following current best industry practices. She also assists in the selection, training and continuous evaluation of SSI Energy’s MERTs.

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Damon Winnard

Cable and Termination Manager

Damon has spent the last 9 years working in the subsea cable environment rising from Installation technician to Cable and Termination Manager. He has worked globally for JDR, before leaving to be the testing and terminations supervisor on London Array, the QC Manager of Subsea Cables for Teeside Offshore Wind Farm, the Supervisor of cable installation and testing for Borkum West Offashore Wind Farm, Senior Umbilical installation Engineer at Ocean Installer Norway working on umbilical installations for Statoil and before SSI the project manager for OMM working with clients including ABB, Tennet, Saudi Aramco and RWE. He has also trained personnel from Saudi Aramco on the installation, Maintenance and fault finding on their submarine cable networks.