Executive 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.

Wider Team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore

Financial Controller

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Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore

Financial Controller

Sharon was appointed as Red Penguin’s Financial Controller in 2019 and is responsible for the financial aspects of the group including accounting, external financial reporting, financial strategy, policies and processes.

A nominee for the Venus Awards Director of the Year in 2017 and with over 20 years in finance, Sharon’s positive and methodical approach enables business.  She has particularly enjoyed supporting Start Up’s and SMEs in the development of their companies.

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