Meet The Team

People are the foundation on which our business operates, through their integrity, intelligence, empowerment, and our ongoing investment in their development.

Dave Thompson

Managing Director

A Chartered Engineer with over 32 years’ experience. Dave is a fellow of the IMechE with a master’s degree in engineering and a degree in management studies. Dave has worked in senior engineering roles for over 20 years designing, building, and servicing capital equipment for several engineering companies, including IHC Engineering Business. Dave joined Subsea Innovation in 2014.

Chris Doherty

Head of Engineering

Chris joined Subsea Innovation in 2015 and has over 10 years’ experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, both with military systems and offshore energy. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Ulster and prior to joining Subsea Innovation in his current role, Chris held positions as Lead Mechanical Engineer with IHC Concept, Senior Hydraulic and Mechanical Engineer with Wilton Engineering Services, and Senior Mechanical Engineer with Technip Offshore Wind.

Kevin Freeman

Head of Construction

Kevin has over 30 years of experience in engineering disciplines within the UK and worldwide. He joined Subsea Innovation in 2013 as Project Engineer and progressed to his current role in 2015. Kevin previous roles include Project Engineer with Global Marine Energy and a full military career in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers achieving a senior management position.

Phil Walley

Head of QHSE

Phil is an accomplished production planner and QHSE manager. Phil joined Subsea Innovation in 2009 and has twelve years’ experience in the oil & gas engineering industry with a further twenty-five years in manufacturing, establishing a good depth of knowledge in a variety of roles.

James Brown

Commercial Manager


Isabelle Bell

Office & HR Manager

With over 30 years’ experience in management, Isabelle joined Subsea Innovation in 2004. Originally from France, Isabelle has worked in the UK for over 35 years. Associate Member of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD), Isabelle has been awarded the CIPD Level 7 Award in Human Resources.