We have a team of dedicated experts on hand to deliver your project

From naval architects and draughtsmen, to structural engineers and project managers, our team consist of a plethora of diverse skills and expansive experience, gained across projects over a variety of sectors across the globe.

John MacSween, Managing Director

John A MacSween is the Managing Director of the Malin Group. Having graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Glasgow University, John joined Henry Abram and Sons Ltd as a Graduate Marine Superintendent. From here he has spear-headed development and diversification initiatives, resulting in the Malin Group, home to several successful sub-brands, which focus on marine manufacturing, support, and technology sectors all over the world.

Lindsay McDougall, Technical Director

Lindsay is a chartered engineer, with extensive experience in the transport of heavy cargoes and the engineering processes that lie behind it. He joined the Malin Group in 2002, having graduated from Glasgow University with a BEng in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Lindsay brings an array of technical skills, particularly in the area of computational analysis including Finite Element, mooring analysis and hydrodynamic analysis. This is combined with extensive practical experience loading ships and barges across Europe.

Steve Thornley, Sales Director

Steve joined Henry Abram & Sons in 1994 and has been involved in various contracts with BAE, such as the Auxiliary Oilers, LPD Vessels, T45, CVF and Astute projects. Part of a management buyout of Henry Abram and Sons and Malin Marine Consultants in 2012, Steve was promoted to Sales Director, with responsibility for developing the customer base and creating strong customer relationships. In 2015 Steve, along with his fellow directors, founded Malin Fabrication in order to diversify the service offering and improve the joint offering to clients.

Ben Sharples, Malin Marine Director

Ben joined Malin Marine as a Director working to develop Malin’s growing customer offering. Ben was a Director at a key James Fisher subsidiary for 20 years and has successfully designed and delivered a broad range of high profile governmental offshore and subsea projects, with both hardware and operational content. He is the lead in our three new business units, spanning Malin marine Services, Newbuild and Marine Equipment.

Ben Potter, technical Director

Ben is a Naval Architect with a broad skillset developed over two decades as an Engineering Manager and Technical Authority. After graduating with a Master’s Degree from Southampton University, Ben began his career at VT Shipbuilding, designing surface warships and superyachts, including the 80m Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Clyde. Ben went on to spend 15 years with JFD, as the Technical Lead for a wide array of complex marine, defence, subsea and hyperbaric projects, applying a rigorous systems-engineering approach allied with a pragmatic, problem-solving attitude.

Gordon Sloan

Gordon sloan, technical Director

Gordon is a time served engineer with extensive experience in the fields of heavy engineering (Motherwell Bridge Group) & marine operations (Henry Abram & Sons Limited). His specific areas of his experience include: Structural Design, Heavy Lift Operations, Transportation (Road & Marine), Seafastening Design, Marine Superintendence, Marine Procedures & Operations. His extensive experience has been gained travelling throughout the UK and overseas experience across Europe, Israel and Canada.

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Robbie joins Malin Group bringing 20 years of experience in specialist marine technical services and equipment provision.  His prior roles cover a broad spectrum from multi-stakeholder international contract negotiations to the delivery of complex engineering projects spanning several years. 

chris dunn, principal naval architect

Chris, a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, has over 25 years’ experience in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Wind sectors in the West of Scotland, gaining experience in many of the technical departments within the Upper Clyde shipyards during his 17 years with BAE Systems.

In 2011 he moved from his position as Technical Project Manager at BAE to the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa Offshore Wind where he helped develop the offshore turbine manufacture, transportation, assembly and logistics strategies for their offshore installations. 

Gary Paterson, dIRECTOR

Gary Paterson is Director of Malin Abram, having joined in 2014 after completing an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Gary has a broad experience on the logistics side of Oil & Gas projects, most notably working as an in-house Heavy Lift Specialist on the TCO project. In addition to being AP (Appointed Person) qualified, he also specialises in seafastening design & global & local structural checks on vessels and barges.

Ryan Homer, Project dIRECTOR

Ryan Homer is a Project Director at Malin Abram, with extensive experience across a wide variety of projects. He graduated with a degree in Engineering & Enterprise Management from the University of Strathclyde, following this up with a degree in Marine Studies from the University of Plymouth and gaining his OOW Unlimited CoC. Ryan joined as a Trainee Marine Superintendent and has been involved in a diverse range of projects within the company from short shipping to major turnkey projects. 


James Bowie began his career as a summer intern with Malin Abram, before gaining a degree in Naval Architecture and joining full time as a graduate. Having successfully worked through the graduate programme he now holds the position of Engineering Director. James has experience in a variety of projects from marine heavy lift transportation to design and manufacture of bespoke jigs and has been involved in major site operations worldwide.


Chris is Commercial Director, acting as the focal point of contact for receipt of ITT documentation, collation of specific tender material across all departments, leading internal review meetings, performing risk and tender analysis, ensuring bid compliance and tender deadlines are met. He is also responsible for the review of commercial and contractual terms and conditions at tender stage. Chris graduated in 2011 with a degree in Quantity Surveying and spent 5 years in a similar role with a worldwide oil and gas subsea contractor in Aberdeen, where he managed numerous high-profile tenders for major oil and gas projects.

Calum Reid, Graduate naval architect

Calum joined Malin Group shortly after graduating from university, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in marine engineering. Before coming to Malin, Calum spent a year working with a mooring company and is experienced in drill rig mooring operations and mooring analysis. He also has a strong background in Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Shand Hand, naval architect

Shane brings a range of specialist skills to the team, with over 7 years of naval architecture experience spanning design and consultancy of workboats, passenger ships, fishing boats and more recently some Hydrogen powered vessels. Having grown up around the fishing industry and working on his family passenger ships he has developed a practical knowledge of problem solving. His main areas of experience cover design, specification writing, stability analysis, Class and Flag discussion, skills which earned him the accolade of ‘Young professional green energy awards innovator of the year’ in 2019.

Ross Andrews, Asst Project Manager

Having graduated from the University of Strathclyde, with a BEng (Hons) in Sports Engineering, Ross diversified his expertise through working in the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen, during which time he worked with various external and internal stakeholders to develop rich networks. He later moved into project management and gained extensive experience in the fabrication and delivery of high value projects within the renewables sector. These were manufactured across both Europe and Asia and delivered across the Eastern Hemisphere. He brings this depth and breadth of skills to the Malin Group, whom he joined in 2021 as an Assistant Project Manager.

Alan Mundie, Senior Project Engineer

Alan has recently joined Malin Group as a Senior Project Engineer with a background in the Offshore Renewables, Ship Management, and Oil and Gas sectors. Prior to joining Malin, he has been involved in a range of projects, including the transport and installation of floating wind turbines, asset management of FPSO’s, and providing warranty services for offshore transports. Positioned within Malin Abram, he will primarily be involved with heavy lift and marine transportation projects.

Helenor Landsburgh, Group brand Manager

Helenor comes to the Malin Group with over 15 years of marketing experience, with a diverse range of skills spanning brand development, copywriting, design, digital and website development and marketing strategy. Prior to joining the Malin Group, she worked extensively in the Higher Education sector (Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian University), involving projects on a worldwide scale, as well as for Skills Development Scotland. Since joining the group, she has worked to build brand awareness, through the creation of digital and hard copy materials, combined with targeted advertising and content marketing.

Iain Gray, Finance Director

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in March 2010 and joined Malin Group in July 2019. This followed 9 years of employment with JFD Ltd in various roles including Financial Controller for 3 years and Head of Project Controls for his last 18 months of employment with them. Iain is familiar with the necessary financial controls and financial analysis required in delivering successful projects and his previous employment saw him involved in subsea operations across the commercial and defence markets. Iain brings significant marine industry commercial experience to Malin Group.

Tracey Chrystal, Group Human Resources Manager

Tracey is a qualified HR Professional and CIPD Fellow having worked for large UK and Global businesses for over 30 years. She has several years of HR experience working in the Private and Public Sectors covering Engineering, IT, Education and Financial Markets. With extensive Business Change experience and expertise in dealing with Senior Operational and Leadership Management including internal coaching at all levels she is a trusted and inspirational business professional.

Alan Hamilton, Group QAHSE Manager

Alan is the Malin Group QHSE Manager, as well as a lead Auditor OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and a Health and Safety Manager with NEBOSH qualified, with solid background in Health, Safety and Environment. Alan comes to Malin following a military career of 22 years , where he gained the rank of Warrant Officer within the Infantry, managing high risk activities around the world. He is also a qualified instructor/assessor, delivering IOSH, First Aid at Work/ Fire Safety and a Confined Space Rescue Operator Instructor within the Group. He has successfully established site projects under the Construction Design Management (CDM) 2015 and is qualified under the CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme. Alan also has UK Security Clearance valid until 09/09/2027.

Quality assured

Quality assurance is paramount to all that we do – Our Quality procedures for design and implementation of technical analysis is rigorous and we pay particular attention to model quality checks and standardized use of software throughout our Group.

Our safety procedures onsite and while working on vessels have been formed and developed to cover the specific risks associated with our work and the expectations of our clients.

We are committed to safety & risk management at all stages of a project from concept through to detailed design and implementation to deliver a system fit for purpose. This is achieved through our phased approach to design and development together with a safety assessment processes (HAZOP) to ensure that potential hazards are captured early in the design development phase and that risk reduction measures are implemented to ensure

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