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Houlder People

Houlder’s team provides a wealth of experience in engineering, design and project delivery.

Rupert Hare

Chief Executive Officer
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Rupert Hare

Chief Executive Officer

“We give you access to the combined knowhow of one hundred plus professionals – all with a passion for the industry you work in.”

Rupert Hare has nearly twenty years’ experience within Houlder focusing on project and contract management across the offshore energy and commercial marine sectors. He has a wealth of experience leading relationships within the oil & gas and renewables industries, government and marine regulators specifically heading up vessel design, adaptation and equipment installation projects.

Simon Harris

Chief Commercial Officer
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Simon Harris

Chief Commercial Officer

“Houlder is on an ambitious growth plan, built on a solid foundation of customer service. It’s a challenging but rewarding place to be right now.”

Simon has over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of activities within the marine sector. For the past fifteen years he has been a director of ship owning and operating companies as well as engineering companies operating in the marine environment. As a chartered Naval Architect he has extensive experience of design, analysis and project management.

Simon Hill

Chief Financial Officer
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Simon Hill

Chief Financial Officer

Simon is a former CFO of a global technology PR business which he joined from Price Waterhouse. A trained engineer, he went on to gain an MBA from Ashridge Business School prior to establishing a financial change management business in 2003. His experience includes preparing several SME finance departments for expansion and change.

Peter Hickson

Non-Executive Director
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Peter Hickson

Non-Executive Director

“Houlder’s track record is what gives our clients confidence in the solution we provide – we have been there and done it ourselves.”

Peter Hickson’s experience comprises fifteen years’ within an offshore drilling and construction contracting business where, for eight years, he was the Managing Director and sat on the boards of various associated and subsidiary companies. This has been followed by a further twenty-three years operating his own company as a consultant in the Offshore industry with commercial, financial and legal clients and projects in the Far East, India, Africa, South America, USA and Europe. He has worked on over £4.0 billion of projects during this time.

Mike Simpson

Marine Design Technical Director
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Mike Simpson

Marine Design Technical Director

Mike Simpson is a Chartered Engineer and Principal Naval Architect with over thirty years of experience in the commercial shipping industry. He has a wealth of experience in leading the design of a broad range of offshore support vessels, cable layers and FPSOs as well as more conventional tonnage and passenger vessels.

James Russell

Marine Equipment Director
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James Russell

Marine Equipment Director

“Clients want to know that their equipment will reliably do what they require of it. We pride ourselves on making that happen.”

James has a proven track record of success in offshore operations and projects gained across the shipbuilding and renewable energy industries. As a former operational manager, he brings an in-depth understanding of engineering and project management within the marine and energy sector.

Neil Ferguson

Director, LNG Storage
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Neil Ferguson

Director, LNG Storage

Neil has over twenty-five years of operational offshore energy experience. Operating from Houlder’s Aberdeen office, he leads multi-disciplinary project teams from across the business. He is accountable for solving the complex engineering challenges to come such as developing small to mid-scale LNG infrastructure. This is reflected by our collaborations with KLAW LNG, Trelleborg and Wärtsilä

Mark Goalen

Offshore Engineering Director
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Mark Goalen

Offshore Engineering Director

Mark is highly experienced in the operation and maintenance of floating units and other offshore infrastructure. He leads a wide range of Houlder’s offshore engineering activities, Mark supports multi-disciplinary offices and site-based teams supporting a growing number of large and complex client projects. These include turnkey rig SPS upgrades and life extensions, a wide range of capacity and capability upgrades, equipment installation and mobilisations and works resulting from changes in Classification. A former senior fleet engineer for Prosafe, Mark is ideally placed to serve our offshore energy clients. His knowledge and experience, gained through front line operational engineering, means he understands challenges.

Andy Lovell

Commercial Director
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Andy Lovell

Commercial Director

Commercial Director of Houlder’s Marine Equipment business, Andy has over a decade’s experience as a project manager developing specialist marine and subsea equipment. As an accomplished engineer, he brings technical know-how with excellent management skills to any project.