James has over 25 years’ experience in the fibre rope industry having joined Marlow Ropes in 1991. During this time James was instrumental in growing the single point mooring [SPM] and engineered product portfolio of the marine and offshore division of this business and assisted in a number of industry firsts. These included pioneering the first use of Dyneema ropes for riser tethers and securing the first contracts awarded for permanent polyester deepwater mooring ropes in the mid 90’s for Petrobras in Brazil and in the Gulf of Mexico for BP’s "Mad Dog" and the "Independence Hub" [2002 – 2006] projects for Enterprise Oil, the latter of which was concluded under Bridon following the acquisition of Marlow’s marine and offshore assists.
Following the acquisition by Bridon, James was responsible for all fibre ropes sales including deepwater moorings, SPM’s, heavy lift and the emerging renewables market focusing mainly on wave energy but also in tidal and wind. In addition, during this time he was also responsible for Bridon's fishing and grapnel wire rope markets. Moving to a business development role in December 2012, he has overseen the rapid growth of Dyneema heavy lift slings including supplying the largest capacity fibre rope slings with a minimum break load of 4000 tonnes and supplying the first Dyneema mooring inserts for drilling rigs in the North Sea. During the last 8 months he managed the supply of two polyester mooring projects for a Norwegian client including gaining factory manufacturing approval and full product certification in accordance with the latest revision of DNV’s standard for Offshore Fibre Moorings, DNV-OS-E303.
Since leaving Bridon in May 2014, James has been employed as an associate consultant with Tension Technology International handling a wide range of projects including, failure investigations, wave energy system costs, project management, inspection, expediting and installation on a number of specialist fibre rope net projects. In addition he has also taken on the day to day marketing for the business and looking after ad hoc projects as they come in.
Summary of Professional Experience:
Present Position: May 2014 - Present
Associate Consultant – Tension Technology International
Project Management and yard Installation of Ice Protection Net Project on Drilling Rig
Project Management, Inspection, Expediting and yard installation of Moho Nord Riser Protection Net Project [RPN]
Project Management and production of fibre rope anchor system – Carbon Trust MRCF Project for Renewable Energy Systems.
Technical Consultant for pre-award Ichthys RPN project
On site QC Inspection and manufacturing review for the Ichthys RPN project
Failure investigation and Expert Witness - Various
Cost modelling for moorings on renewable energy devices
December 2012 – May 2014
Business Development Manager – Fibre Products, Bridon International Limited
Commercial and Technical management of all new products and market developments including marketing and strategic planning, cost development and launch plans.
Project management of two polyester projects to gain manufacturing and product approval to DNV-OS-E303
January 2006 – December 2012
General Sales Manager – Bridon International Limited
Responsible for all aspects of fibre sales business following acquisition of the marine and offshore assets of Marlow Ropes.
Managed factory transition from Hailsham to Coatbridge facility within first 6 months of acquisition including managing machinery decommissioning for removal to new factory, identifying and securing new offices for sales and engineering team and ultimate closure of Hailsham factory within timetabled deadlines.
Effectively planned and implemented transition of fibre sales into the overall Bridon sales business
March 2004 – December 2005
Commercial and Technical Sales Manager – Marlow Ropes Limited
In addition to Commercial Sales Manager role, assumed full responsibly for the Technical Design Team
Ensured product range and design, met conflicting demands of high performance, maintained attractiveness to market whilst still being cost effective and profitable.
July 2002 – February 2004
Commercial Sales Manager – Marlow Ropes Limited
Reporting to Chief Executive responsible for management of all Regional Sales Managers [x6] and the Customer Service Team [x6].
Devised and implemented strategies that best used the resources available and maintained market leadership in marine and offshore fibre ropes.
Developed a comprehensive and profitable trading portfolio to complement our manufacturing capability.
Managed sales teams and measured their performance against individual and business sales plans.
March 1997 - June 2002
Regional Sales Manager – North America and Australasia – Marlow Ropes Limited
Responsible for management and all sales into the regions; including effective review and management of regional sales agents and distributors, sales and marketing budgets.
October 1991 - February 1997
Sales Engineer – Marlow Ropes Limited
Implemented engineering systems, document control and drawing system including installation of AutoCAD.
Preparation and submittal of accurate quotations and project plans to external clients. Managed order entry and contract management from initial enquiry through order and final delivery.
September 1989 – August 1990
Graduate Design Engineer - ML Lifeguard
Designed personal safety equipment, specialized assault craft and liferafts for use in military and commercial applications.
Academic and Professional Attainment:
BSc [Hons] Engineering Product Design - London South Bank University, 1991
BTEC Diploma in General Engineering - Cannock Chase Technical College
Other Qualifications & Skills
‘Introductory Diploma in Management’ – NEBS Management May, 2000
Full working knowledge of Microsoft, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and other associated programmes.
Experience of using AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Lt.