Red Penguin Marine is an international group of companies working together to provide subsea cable engineering and marine consulting services.

The Adélie penguin thrives in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth – the Antarctic – making it expert in extreme and challenging environments.

Independence, integrity and insight

Since our inception, we’ve developed a hard-earned reputation for the quality, depth and breadth of our expertise, advise, support and insight, as well as our decades of industry experience.

We integrate and leverage extensive insight across the wider subsea market, including telecommunications, power, oil and gas and renewable energy, to offer you unique insight and value into cross-industry synergies.

A total commitment to quality and safety

We expect and ensure the highest standards of professional and personal integrity from our people and are committed to quality in every aspect of our operations, with ISO 9001/14001, 18001 and UVDB Verify accreditation’s.

Our approach to quality and safety is absolute. It starts with a systematic approach from the earliest stages of a project and continues via informed on site surveillance to enable reinforcement of HSE risk control and enhance the QA/QC process.

Our commitment includes a strong focus on consideration for the environment and the avoidance of harm.

The multidisciplinary nature of submarine cable projects requires access to a wide range of skill sets.

In addition to our full-time employees, we are able to draw upon a global talent pool of experienced and capable professional associates. These range from cable and civil engineers, route engineers and developers, cable ship commanders, project managers and electrical specialists right through to hydrographers, oceanographers, environmentalists, geophysicists, academics and commercial, law and permit specialists, all of whom are recognised experts in their respective field.

Consistency and quality are ensured through our management system which extends across the organisation, both on and offshore, allowing expert advice, skill and experience to flow freely in support of our work and clients.

Strong, sustainable and curious, we’ll challenge our own and others’ perceptions and reasoning to gain a deeper understanding and create a platform for innovative thought that avoids repetitive processes or robotic attitudes.

‘Because we’ve always done it this way’ is not a strategy for success in an industry that’s evolving rapidly. We are building our young team from a variety of backgrounds and industries, people with a thirst for knowledge. Our extensive industry experience together with their, fresh perspectives and innovative ways of approaching problems will help us stay ahead and succeed, so we can help our clients to do the same.

 

History

Founded in 2005, we are extremely proud of the reputation we have earned over the years for high quality, objective and reliable advice.

The company was founded by Chris Sturgeon in 2005 to provide the owners and developers of complex subsea cable systems the benefit of senior mariners hands-on experience.

We’ve since supported the successful completion of many high profile and challenging subsea cable projects in the power transmission, telecoms and oil and gas sectors of the marine industry.

We’re extremely proud of the reputation we have earned for high quality, objective and reliable advice, which coupled with commercially aware technical support helps our customers reduce risk and enables informed decision making.

Ethos

By their very nature, subsea cable projects are complex, costly and challenging. That’s why we try our best to provide simplicity and clarity whenever we can.

Every project we undertake also has quality and safety designed and built-in via our systematic approach and from the very earliest stages right through the project’s lifecycle to successful completion.

Another key part of our ethos is be curious and question, because that’s how we best benefit our clients and the sector with the fresh thinking, initiatives and innovations that drive improvement.

We believe planning ashore, in depth and in detail, is absolutely critical to a project’s success. We prefer to do it properly, rather than doing it twice. That means ‘sweating the small stuff’ because it rapidly becomes expensive to right wrongs at sea.

Mission

The old adage ‘The whole is greater than the sum of the parts’ describes our core philosophy perfectly.

We have an extensive group of highly experienced and specialist industry professionals who’s skills combine to provide an unrivalled centre of excellence for our clients and the submarine cable industry.

Objectives

Our objective is to provide the independent and expert advice that enables properly informed decisions to be made in order to reduce risk during maritime operations and provide a sound basis for a secure, subsea cable system for its design life.

In providing this impartial advice, which is largely based on the lessons we’ve learned during decades of hard-earned maritime industry experience, we’re determined to pass our knowledge on to the next generation, enabling their personal development and to reducing the risk of repeating past failings.

We aim to be a best in class consultancy, working in partnership with our clients to provide unrivalled support services and augment their teams, while also being the go-to business for solving the sector’s most challenging problems and to be at the forefront of applied technology in the subsea cables business.

Our Team

Chris Sturgeon

Chief Executive Officer

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Chris Sturgeon

Chief Executive Officer

"Chris' insight has been instrumental in the resolution of notable challenges across the industry."

Chris is the founder and CEO of Red Penguin. Throughout his 40 year maritime career 30 years of which has been in the submarine cable industry, Chris has acquired a wealth of experience in a broad range of related disciplines both ashore and at sea. A master mariner with 10 years command and management experience of cable installation and maintenance operations as well as diverse roles in cable system design and planning, installation and maintenance, provide a wealth of experience in a broad range of matters both on and off shore.

In recent years he has worked extensively with investors, developers and insurers of major subsea cable infrastructure projects and systems, providing a range of expert services, as well as marine warranty surveying services for subsea cable projects. His diverse and comprehensive experience of maritime matters and of submarine cable projects across different industry sectors provides the basis for a fully informed perspective on cable development, installation and repair projects globally, and a solid foundation from which to advise clients on the control of risk and of matters of safety and quality management. Chris’ insight has been instrumental in the resolution of notable challenges across the industry.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Institute of Navigation, a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and is a core member of the executive committee of the European Subsea Cables Association.

Jan Ward

Non-Executive Director

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Jan Ward

Non-Executive Director

Jan is a Non-Executive Director at Red Penguin providing an advisory role across all areas of the company, bringing with her immense international business experience gained over her many years of experience in metals, manufacturing and distribution, principally in the oil and gas sector. Jan brings to Red Penguin the experience of 30 years in international business from previous roles as an Advisor, NED and Chair at board level to a number of manufacturing companies and government departments, including as Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council, UAE UK Business Council and Director of Energy Industries Council.

Jan is a mechanical engineer, has lived and worked in the US, Europe and the Middle East, is an award winner for Nat West Everywoman and IoD London and South East Global Director of the year. Jan was awarded a CBE for services to Business and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering.

She is the founder of Corrotherm International Ltd, which is a company specialising in high alloy metals for use in gas petrochemical power, oil and desalination industries, which she grew from a one woman company to a now international business with offices in 6 countries.

Matt Bowden

Matt Bowden

General Manager

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Matt Bowden

Matt Bowden

General Manager

"Matt’s career in the Royal Navy saw him specialise in communications, electronic warfare and surveillance systems"

As the General Manager at Red Penguin Marine, Matt is tasked with delivering the effective, smooth running of the company, its projects and engagement across the sector. Throughout a 25-year maritime career he has acquired a panoply of both operational and strategic experience in the military, commanding at sea and latterly ashore at the UK’s Middle East Communications and Information Systems Headquarters. More recently he has worked in the private maritime and military sectors, advising multinational and small to medium sized companies on technical innovation and all aspects of telecommunications across space and ground segments.

Matt’s career in the Royal Navy saw him specialise in communications, electronic warfare and surveillance systems; it is this technical expertise that has enabled him to advise and consult to military and civilian agencies, as well as multiple UK Government Departments.

Matt will be focussed on enhancing the operation of this multi-disciplinary marine and subsea cable engineering consultancy, maintaining the high standards of excellence and innovation for which Red Penguin has become known, while ensuring its portfolio of operations stay apace with technology, thus maintaining the highest standards of support to its clients.

Gary Townrow

Operations & QHSE Manager

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Gary Townrow

Operations & QHSE Manager

Gary’s experience over 28 years’ in the submarine cable industry is built upon the foundations of a strong mechanical engineering background in both civilian and military domains. During his time at Red Penguin, he has overseen many projects from initial concept through to implementation, also providing technical oversight and surveillance during numerous cable installation projects including large HVDC interconnection projects such as Western Link, BritNed and more recently IFA2.

Gary has extensive knowledge of safe operations and routinely participates in pre-operational risk control events and incident reviews, and the detailed review of contractors’ procedures and documentation. As Operations Manager, he is responsible for engaging with, implementing and managing our consultants appointed offshore and on-site, often across a large number of projects simultaneously, ranging in size and requirements.

Within the Operations Manager role, Gary maintains the Quality, Health and Environmental system (QHSE) that facilitates meeting objectives and enables continual improvement in the effectiveness and performance of the Company’s management of risk to its business, and by extension to the business of our clients.

Jim Hodder

Director of Projects

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Jim Hodder

Director of Projects

Jim is a Civil Engineer and seasoned project management professional with 34 years’ experience in maritime projects, from inception to handover (value up to £100ms) for a range of blue chip clients.

During the last 25 years, Jim has held senior management positions and provided expert technical marine advice to the following projects: Race Bank, Greater Gabbard and Lynn and Inner Dowsing offshore wind farms (Centrica/SSE/Innogy); IFA2, Viking Link, NEMO Link and Biscay Gulf interconnectors (Nat Grid/RTE/Elia/REE) and TyCom’s Global Telecom Network (Tyco).

Jim is responsible for all aspects of projects within Red Penguin, ensuring that Red Penguin’s extensive experience of subsea cable installation and maintenance is brought to bear to assist clients in the successful delivery and operation of their assets.
Jim is well respected in the submarine cables and offshore wind industries and has also served on a number of cross industry groups, such as European Subsea Cables Association and Renewable UK. Jim is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Association of Project Management.

Heather Wells

Marketing and Commercial Officer

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Heather Wells

Marketing and Commercial Officer

Heather is the Commercial and Marketing Officer for Red Penguin. A graduate of Canterbury Christchurch University, Heather studied tourism management and worked for several years in travel specialising in logistical travel for the marine industry. Heather transitioned to work with Red Penguin in 2018 and is responsible for marketing and business development across all subsectors.

James Beale

James Beale

Senior Project Engineer

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James Beale

James Beale

Senior Project Engineer

James is a chartered mechanical engineer with ten years’ experience in multidisciplinary engineering and construction projects for the offshore energy industries. He has worked on wind farm, export cable, interconnector cable, tidal farm and subsea projects, and on projects in a range of developmental phases including concept and feasibility, design, procurement, construction, and operation and maintenance.

James has also acted as a client rep onboard survey, jack-up, heavy lift and cable lay vessels. In addition to his engineering qualifications he also holds a diploma in law and additional vocational qualifications in construction health and safety and project management.

Francesca Russo

Project Engineer and GIS Specialist

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Francesca Russo

Project Engineer and GIS Specialist

Francesca is an environmental scientist with specialist knowledge of the natural environment, marine environmental policy and the consenting process for large infrastructure projects. Since completing her MSc in Marine Environmental Monitoring and Management, she has worked on a wide range of cable projects in various stages of development; from feasibility to construction.

Francesca joined Red Penguin Associates in 2015 as a Project Engineer and GIS Specialist. She is highly adept in the manipulation, interpretation and presentation of complex marine datasets. Prior to joining Red Penguin, Francesca contributed to a number of desk top studies for submarine cable projects in the Mediterranean. Francesca brings a methodical and precise approach to all her work.

Francesca’s experience at Red Penguin Associates includes Data Management and GIS Analysis for cable routing development, survey operations and to support Environmental Permitting process. Furthermore, she contributed to the creation and development of a geodatabase to support cable installation phases.
As a project engineer, she supports Project Managers in the delivery of the projects and maintains a comprehensive knowledge of the projects to provide cover for the Project Managers if necessary.

Matthew Truell

Matthew Truell

Project Engineer

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Matthew Truell

Matthew Truell

Project Engineer

Matthew has worked in offshore cables since 2012 mainly focussing on HVDC power cables, he has a wide range of skills and technical training from oceanography to electrical engineering.

Prior to joining Red Penguin, Matthew was the technical lead for a planned HVDC cable project between Iceland and the UK covering aspects including surveys, procurement and grid connections.

His time at Red Penguin has covered an interesting mix of projects from cable and pipeline surveys in shallow lagoons to financial due diligence work. As a project engineer, he acts in both a technical capacity and as or with a project manager.

Red Penguin Marine is an international group of companies working together to provide subsea cable engineering and marine consulting services.