Our People

At OceanIQ, our team's passion for success and their intrinsic knowledge of the ocean floor is at the heart of what we do.

Gail Clark

Managing Director

Gail Clark

Managing Director

Gail began working with Global Marine Group as part of the marketing team from 1996 to 2001. Following several years working in other sectors including professional services, retail and manufacturing in both large corporations as well as small start-ups, she returned to Global Marine Group in 2014 heading up marketing activities across the Group.

With the formation of the fourth business unit, OceanIQ, Gail has assumed the role of Managing Director, taking to market the company’s rich wealth of subsea data and route engineering consultancy services. She also is currently sitting on RenewableUK’s Shadow Board bringing a passion for collaborative working and contributing to the net zero conversation.

Gail completed a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree, subsequently completing a postgraduate diploma in Marketing.

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Mitch Cheney

Business Development Director
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Mitch Cheney

Business Development Director

Mitch was appointed as OceanIQ’s Business Development Director in December 2020. He will be helping to take the business direct to market and identifying opportunities for significant market growth in line with OceanIQ’s long-term sales objectives and encouraging brand awareness by forging key relationships with new and prospective customers.

Having worked for the Global Marine Group since 2013, Mitch has assumed multiple roles including Proposals Manager and Account Director at Global Marine, Commercial & Tendering Manager at CWind, and most recently as Commercial Director at SBSS – Global Marine Group’s joint venture with China Telecom based in Shanghai.

Mitch comes from a Mechanical Engineering background and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the submarine cable market.

Brian Perratt

Permitting & GIS Manager

Brian Perratt

Permitting & GIS Manager

Brian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Permitting, Charting, Records Management and GIS. He manages a proactive and dedicated team that support project across multiple markets. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Brian has gained a wealth of knowledge working on numerous marine projects around the world.

Stuart Wilson

Route Engineering and Survey Manager

Stuart Wilson

Route Engineering and Survey Manager

Stuart leads the Route Engineering team, and his role involves the production of desk based cable route studies and the commissioning and management of marine route surveys. Stuart has managed projects including trans-Pacific, Atlantic and large regional cable route studies, post route survey engineering for several telecoms cables, and offshore wind farm export and array cable routes.

Recent examples are the inter array cable route and boulder clearance analysis at the Danish Kriegers Flak Wind farm, cable landing assessment and route engineering for the Guernsey-France HVDC interconnector and the desk top study, including five landing option site visits in Shandond and Liaoning in China, for a fibre optic cable installation.

Alex Riddell

Permitting Manager

Alex Riddell

Permitting Manager

Alex has worked for the Global Marine Group for over five years. As Permitting Manager, he is primarily responsible for managing the permits, consent, licenses and authorisations associated for cable installation and maintenance vessels worldwide. This also involves emergency consenting and permitting of submarine cable repairs within the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA).

Alex regularly liaises with agents and port authorities across the globe to gather quotations, indicative costs and permitting regulations for a vessel to operate within a countries specific maritime boundaries. He also works with the Technical and Regulatory Subgroup (TRSG) executive committee to represent, raise issues and provide technical and operational guidance to support the subsea cable industry within the UK.

Alex also has experience in subsea cable route planning and managing desk top studies with key customers.

Matthew West

Route Planning Manager

Matthew West

Route Planning Manager

Matthew is responsible for the production of Desk Top Studies, the commissioning and management of marine route surveys and the production and review of cable burial assessments. He has worked on projects including regional cable systems in Europe, Australasia, the Middle East and Asia as well as developments to trans-Atlantic cables.

Juliane Pätzold

Senior Charting/GIS Officer

Juliane Pätzold

Senior Charting/GIS Officer

Juliane joined Global Marine Group in 2010. In her role as Senior Charting/GIS Officer, she is responsible for providing project specific charting and GIS support, supporting all aspects of our records management service and managing the GeoCable® software and data products.

Prior to joining the company, Juliane has worked in a variety of fields, including construction, EOD, ordnance survey and telecommunication where she focused on all aspects of data management, photogrammetry and geographic information systems. A native of Germany, Juliane graduated from Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin in surveying.