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Trio of hires for maritime engineering company Cammell Laird

posted on February 3, 2020 categories Uncategorized

Merseyside shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird has made a trio of senior hires.

The Birkenhead shipyard, which specialises in ship repair, refit, conversion and building, has appointed Neil Davie as head of planning, Jane Bryan as head of procurement and Lee Matheson as head of IT.

The new recruits join two more recent senior hires, Richard Caton as HR director and Sean Nuttall, the new health and safety director. The five additions to the business have been brought into oversee a tightening up of procedures as Cammell Laird prepares to grow its order book.

Neil heads the planning team and is responsible for the people and processes, time and costs involved in any project that comes into the shipyard. He was brought into the business to introduce a more robust planning department and implement industry standards.

He said: “We want to be leaner and more optimised in the way we do work, which means improving on our timescales, understanding our methods and learning lessons we can take to other projects.”

With more than 40 years’ experience, Neil began as a ship repair apprentice at Rosyth Naval Dockyard in Fife in 1978, remaining with the business until he moved to Marconi Marine in 1999, which was later acquired by BAE Systems. He was a planning manager until leaving in 2007 to move to Dubai with his family to become a planning manager with oil and gas services business Lamprell, working in the area of rig refurbishment and build.

He moved to Kentz, another oil and gas specialist, where he oversaw a team of 120 planners across 30 countries, before returning to the UK and taking up his new post.

He said: “I came back wanting the right job because I wanted to try and give something back and take on a new challenge in the industry I started out in. I’m passionate about mentoring and I’d like to think I can bring in my knowledge and skills to support the business during the next stage of its growth.”

Jane, who grew up on the Wirral, began as a graduate mechanical engineering apprentice with Rolls-Royce and has worked across the country during her career.

But working for the maritime engineering company she had grown up watching was an opportunity she couldn’t miss.

“It was the most chuffed I’ve been in about 20 years when I found out I had the job – this is an iconic place,” she said. “If Cammell Laird does well, the town does well, and that’s really important to me. I’ve worked for some big plcs but this is a place that will allow you to add value. If you want to grab hold of something and add some value then nobody will stop you.”

Jane’s role as head of procurement is a new position for the business and her first few months have been about mapping out how she will make a difference. A large part will be around building and continuing relationships with the supply chain and an event will be held in 2020 to thank suppliers and set out Cammell Laird’s plans for the future.

She said: “We spent more than £100m in the supply chain last year, a lot of which is local and a lot of which with companies that have really helped Cammell Laird when it was going through rough times. There are some longstanding relationships there that we want to look after and offer more support to. We also want to look for new blood as well.”

Lee, who is from Widnes, previously worked as IT manager at North West construction company Pochins, leaving shortly after the business went into administration. He believes his experience in a similar industry leaves him well placed for his new role.

He spent 13 years working for Widnes-based Vinci Construction and another 13 at Pochins.

Lee, who will oversee three full-time staff plus outsourced support, said: “My main responsibility here is to help Cammell Laird transition from a family business to a corporate model, which will involve bringing in these kinds of procedures and practices that will strengthen the business as it moves forward.

“Everyone knows Cammell Laird as a prestigious shipyard and I’m delighted to be working for the business as it makes this transition.”