Meet the Team

Meet the LDD team behind your marine foundations project. LDD employs leading industry experts across the organisation from head office to site crew. Below we have profiled some of our key team members.

We at LDD recognise that our people are our most valuable resource. We are passionate about the delivery and execution of all of our projects through effective collaboration and communication amongst our team and with our clients who become part of the wider LDD team. The skills and experience within our Company enable us to be industry experts with our senior managers some of the most trusted in their field. We encourage creative thinking and innovation enabling us to develop world class industry leading equipment. We seek to foster a culture of openness, honesty, inclusion, mutual respect and integrity encouraging an environment of constructive challenge and support ensuring that LDD’s success is wholly attributable to our team.

Nick Dale

Managing Director

Nick is a Chartered Engineer and has worked for the Acteon group for over 17 years. He is experienced in deepwater riser system design, jackup drilling, well systems, subsea pipelay and flexlay and offshore heavy lifting equipment. Having undertaken several international positions for the group, Nick is committed to providing a project-tailored service ensuring the business has absolute focus on staff and client safety, project efficiency and client satisfaction using our skilled and committed team to maintain LDD’s position as a trusted foundations partner for drilling, grouting and lifting services.

James McGovan

Vice President Sales and Marketing

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, James has driven and managed multi-disciplined, marine construction projects across the civils, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors. His direct management and field experience enables James to understand your project and provide you the best value solution for your marine foundation installation project.

James Tuckwell

General Manager LDD Australia

James has enjoyed over 25 years’ experience in major civil engineering and marine construction projects in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. James has developed a strong relationship based approach to project delivery focusing on win-win results for all parties. Most recently, James continues to lead the LDD Australia business and developing integrated foundation installation solutions for the marine facilities, oil and gas and renewable markets through Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Richard Thompson

Engineering and Operations Director

Richard is a Chartered Engineer and experienced Manager with over 30 years experience in various industries (mining, oil & gas, petrochemicals and chemicals) around the globe. His experience encompasses design, fabrication, site implementation and operations & maintenance for the full lifecycle of an asset. He has only recently joined LDD from an oil & gas operating company, where he was responsible for engineering, modifications, major projects and decommissioning. Richard is committed to ensuring all engineering activities are well executed and in a timely manner, whilst ensuring that lessons learned are used to improve processes, driving continuous improvement. His focus is people – ensuring that they have the right competency, space and time to deliver the best job they can.

David Knights

Head of Projects

David is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in civil & marine contracting and project management. David’s desire to fully understand client’s challenges and successfully drive projects from concept to final completion has been proven on a range of high-profile global projects. His ability to pull together and lead a diverse range of technical specialists has enabled LDD to successfully deliver 'world-firsts' in the marine construction industry; most notably the build of the LD5000 drill and LDD's pre-piling template for the Wikinger offshore wind farm.

Tony Grady

Commercial Manager

Tony joined LDD in 2011, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in the UK civils contracting market with him. A strong advocate of the partnering approach, Tony is a chartered surveyor and is LDD’s contracts specialist. He is committed to ensuring that best value for all stakeholders is realised on projects through promotion of appropriate commercial, contractual and operational risk identification, mitigation and allocation measures.

Colin Gibson

QHSE Manager

Colin joined the team in November 2015, and brings to LDD, experience in both the public and private sectors. Colin continually pushes his knowledge of Health, Safety and Environmental issues and strives to ensure that his knowledge of legislation and best practice is up-to-date and communicated to the whole LDD/LMH team and wider group.

Suzanne Thompson

Financial Controller

Suzanne joined the LDD team in April 2014 as Senior Financial Assistant. ACCA qualified since 2003, Suzanne has over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting. She has worked her way up from office junior to assistant group accountant at a Cornish Group whose diversification ranged from fruit growers to commercial construction. Having spent the last 9 years in the logistics industry, Suzanne has developed a strong commercial background and is relishing the opportunity to apply her skills to the offshore construction industry.

Esther Osborn

HR Manager

Esther joined the LDD team in November 2013 and has over 25 years’ experience in both Human Resources and Commercial management. Her expertise includes talent management, coaching and development, training, employee relations and compliance. A BSc Hons Management graduate, she has previously worked for blue chip FTSE 100 companies in a generalist HR role partnering with managers at all levels delivering cultural and structural change across the business. Her experience in a Commercial environment has enabled her to better understand the demands of the marine subsea and construction industry and support the business with a strategic outlook. More recently Esther has been partnering with other Acteon Operating Companies in support of their HR requirements and specifically working with Acteon on all corporate recruitment requirements.