Leadership Team

Ian Douglas

Chief Executive Officer

He is the former Managing Director of the Global Marine telecoms business where he had global responsibility for all issues related to Global Marine's operations in the telecoms market, including coordinating and supporting the strategic key joint ventures with Huawei Technologies, China Telecom, SingTel, NTT and others. Ian represents Global Marine on the Board of Directors of these companies in addition to serving on the Global Marine Board.

Prior to this role, he was CEO of Huawei Marine Networks (HMN) a joint venture which he was instrumental in establishing following the strategic acquisition of 'Redsky' Technology in 2005. Ian joined Global Marine’s predecessor, Cable and Wireless Marine in 1995 and called China his home for seven years where, prior to joining HMN, he led the growth of SB Submarine Systems (SBSS), including their expansion into non-telecoms fields including power cable installation and the provision of offshore vessel support to the oil and gas industry.

He is one of only a handful of western business men to receive the Friendship Award – the highest honour awarded by the Chinese Government for contributions to China.

Richard Fraser-Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Richard commenced his career as a chemical engineer in the Oil & Gas industry, working in a design consultancy after graduating from university. In the late 1980’s Richard decided to retrain as a chartered accountant, joining Price Waterhouse in London and qualifying in 1991. With over 20 years of industry experience in a variety of sectors including energy, investment banking, fast-moving consumer goods, facilities management and, latterly consulting engineering, Richard joined Halcrow in 2008 as Finance Director for their global transportation division, moving to a regional European Finance Director role at the start of 2011. Later that year, Halcrow was acquired by CH2M HILL, a multi-disciplinary engineering, consulting, design, project delivery and programme-management company and Richard was appointed as European Finance Director at the start of 2013 overseeing a $650m regional business including major infrastructure projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnel, Crossrail and High Speed 2. Richard now joins Global Marine as a commercially-focused CFO with a keen interest in working closely with and supporting the business operations and leading the business to profitable growth over the coming years.

Nicci Broom

Nicci Broom

Director Sales & Commercial

Based in the UK office, Nicola has been with Global Marine since the late 90's and has held a number of roles including Managing Director, Global Marine Systems Energy Ltd and Business Systems Director. Prior to joining Global Marine she had 8 years commercial experience in the construction and FMCG industries. Her current role is responsible for building the sales pipeline in order to deliver the business plan, aligning marketing and proposal efforts, and ensuring a robust contracting process. Nicci successfully completed her DBA in 2005 and MBA in 1999.

Bruce Neilson-Watts

Director Strategy & Operations

Bruce has been with Global Marine since 1989. Bruce started his career at sea as a dual qualified officer coming ashore in 2005 after serving as Master Mariner. Whilst ashore he has held a number of different roles across the group in operations, commercial and sales. He has recently returned from China after having lived there for six years working in both Huawei Marine as VP Service Delivery and more recently SB Submarine Systems where he held the role of Managing Director, helping to diversify and expand into the growing offshore oil and gas market.

Bruce Neilson-Watts
Andy Lloyd

Andy Lloyd

Director, Installation

Andy as Director, Installation is responsible for Global Marine’s Project Management, Shallow Water, and Global Support Services departments. Andy directs all project management and fleet operations for the Installation sector.

His experience prior to working with Global Marine was as Project Manager with a Subsea Pipeline Installation company where he managed a wide variety of installation projects worth in the region of £600million.

He then joined Global Marine in 2000. Since working with the company, Andy has gained a wealth of experience managing our projects, both telecom and power cable related.

Andy holds a B.Eng. (Hons) Marine Systems Technology from University of Plymouth.

John Walters

Director, Maintenance

John Walters has been an employee of Global Marine since 1990.  He has worked on cable ships, in project management, sales and commercial roles. John is currently responsible for shaping the strategic direction of submarine cable maintenance as well as delivery of global maintenance products and services.

John is a Master Mariner, has an MBA from Henley Business School and lives in Singapore.

John Walters
Captain Simon Hibberd

Capt. Simon Hibberd

Director, Fleet & Operational Support

Simon joined the company in 1989, Simon served offshore as Ships' Master and Cableship Commander with Global Marine between October 1993 and December 2007.

Simon has extensive experience of cable work with a wide-ranging record of successful telecom cable installation, cable maintenance, cable survey and remedial cable burial operations achieved. He is also credited with the noteworthy ESTLINK offshore power cable project. With central government clearance for work on UK/US military cables, he has a wealth of experience of numerous remotely operated vehicle types including tracked vehicles, cable ploughs, work-class and inspection ROV's.

A qualified DPO since December 1996, Simon developed, and delivered in the field, Global Marine's Internal Dynamic Positioning and Acoustics Course. He is a qualified ISM Maritime Lead Auditor, accepting the position of Fleet Operations Manager in January 2007, being promoted to Director, Fleet & Operational Support in January 2012.

His current responsibilities include company health and safety; protection of the environment; company quality; corporate risk; company document control; fleet manning; cable engineering and subsea assets.

Mike Constable

Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Marine

As former Corporate Development Director at Global Marine Systems Ltd, Mike Constable was responsible for the strategic development of the Global Marine group, including joint ventures Huawei Marine Networks and SB Submarine Systems.

Previously Mike was Director of Business Development at Pacific Fibre developing the trans-Pacific system and Pacnet (Global) Ltd, Singapore, where amongst other initiatives he expanded their submarine cable infrastructure leading the development of the trans-Pacific "Unity" cable. Mike also held a key role in developing New York based, Global Crossing's multi-billion dollar global infrastructure programme. While with Alcatel Submarine Networks, Mike managed the build of numerous submarine cable systems throughout the world.

Mike earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and his MBA at Henley Management College, United Kingdom, where his thesis research targeted the management of multi-jurisdictional regulatory risk associated with international infrastructure projects.

Mike Constable
Mikkel Gleerup

Mikkel Gleerup

Managing Director, S.B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd.
Mikkel joined Global Marine in May 2014 from a position as Sales Director within Siemens Energy, responsible for Asia-Pacific region, first in Service Renewables, responsible for O&M, and later in the Wind Division, responsible for New Wind Power Equipment.
Mikkel has extensive experience within both shipping and energy, having served at A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S for more than nine years, on-board ships and ashore, from Port Management, as Managing Director of a Danish port, driving and executing a successful turnaround and responsible for securing new business through large infrastructure investments, resulting in the creation of a recognised partner in the renewable industry.
Mikkel has extensive cultural work experience through long-term postings abroad in management positions. Mikkel has developed and executed large infrastructure projects, both in EU and in Asia.
Mikkel holds a M.Sc. in Transport and Maritime Management from University of Southern Denmark, and a Master Mariners degree from Svendborg International Maritime Academy, as well as several management courses from both A.P. Moeller – Maersk A/S and Siemens AG.