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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.

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.


Dr Paddy Morgan BSc(Hons), MB ChB, Dip IMC RCSEd, PGC(Med)E, FHEA, FRCA, FFIC

Medical Director

Dr Paddy Morgan is a leading, award-winning (Emergency Doctor of the Year 2018) consultant who holds a number of leadership positions in major emergency care organisations in the UK.

His credentials include: clinical governance lead and critical care doctor for the Great Western Air Ambulance, Medical Director of Surf Lifesaving GB, representation on the UK Search & Rescue Group, and he is a consultant in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine development.

Paddy puts these remarkable credentials to use as SSI Energy’s Medical Director, ensuring first class clinical governance for all SSI Energy’s medical activities.

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Dr Katie Higham MBBS, BSc

Psychiatric 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 is the psychiatric medical advisor to SSI Energy’s deployed medics, combining her clinical expertise and experience of remote and hostile environments to ensure the best possible support to our professionals.

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.