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.
fraser gunn, business unit lead
Fraser is the Business Unit Manager for Malin Marine Equipment, with over 20 years’ experience in supplying Door and Hatch products to the marine and offshore sectors. During this time he has gained extensive knowledge across all certifications and approvals required for these products and has worked on a number of key projects supplying products in all regions of the world, helping to assist with a variety of clients’ technical scopes.
Jim Casey, Chief Technical Officer
Jim is the Chief Technical Officer for the Malin Group and leads the Malin Skunks team. He is an experienced degree qualified mechanical engineer with more than 40 years’ experience across a range of industries and sectors including consultancy, automotive, food manufacturing, power generation and maritime with a focus on new product development and introduction. Jim joined the Malin Group in 2016 as Chief Technical Officer for Ballast Water Containers and has since worked on a wide range of design and manufacturing projects for our commercial and defence clients.
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.
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, Senior Project Engineer
Gary Paterson is a Senior Project Engineer, joining Malin Abram 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 Manager
Ryan Homer is a Project Manager 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 Ian Bowie, Naval Architect and Team Leader
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 a Naval Architect and Team Lead position. 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 Cairns, Bid and Tendering Manager
Chris is Bid and Tendering Manager, 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.
Alex McKenna, Senior structural engineer
With a comprehensive knowledge of design to British Standards and Eurocodes, Alex has worked on a broad range of commercial and residential projects, and has experience in both finite element analysis (FEA) of steel plated structures and 3D frame analysis
software. He has a keen focus on the buildability of structures and takes a holistic approach to design to ensure that every aspect
meets the client’s requirements.
alasdair macdonald, structural engineer
Alasdair cut his teeth delivering complex offshore structural engineering workscopes, such as caisson removal/installations and modular structures, gaining experience in framework design, lift/ transportation analysis and hydrodynamic loading. In recent years he has gained experience in the wider marine industry designing plated structures and use of finite element analysis software, undertaking design to a wide range of design codes including AISC 360-10 and Eurocodes and classification societies such as Lloyds
Register and DNV.
Ross Marshall, project manager
Ross joined the company in March of 2019 having worked in London for the previous 4 years. Prior to this he worked for an international Oil Services company in Aberdeen. He has vast experience in the design, fabrication and installation of bespoke steelwork and has operated in several industries including Oil & Gas, Construction and Marine. By having significant experience in working on site, Ross is able to offer a wealth of knowledge at both hands-on and managerial level, specialising in the Project Management and Engineering/Design of bespoke steel fabrications. Ross holds a valid CITB CSCS Qualification and has full UK Security Clearance.
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.
Helenor Landsburgh, Group Marketing 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 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