Our Company

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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Strachan

Project Director
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Jonathan Strachan

Project Director

Jonathan is a naval architect with considerable technical experience including leading the detailed design and construction of the UK’s first Dual Fuel LNG Passenger Ferries for Caledonian Macbrayne and Ferguson’s shipyard.

Julian Mason

Project Director
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Julian Mason

Project Director

Julian has led multi-vessel design, build and procurement projects for numerous International Operators. He has proven expertise in managing technical work scopes including builds in Europe, South America and the Far East, as well as commercial, legal and contractual matters related to procurement management, design, plan approval, construction and delivery. As such he is ideally placed to act as client representative and technical advisor on a wide range of projects.

Mark Beck

Project Director
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Mark Beck

Project Director

Mark is an experienced Principal Naval Architect with skills in managing large and complex multidisciplinary teams  to work on a wide range of shipbuilding, marine civil and offshore energy projects. He oversees the timely and successful completion of projects in the Houlder London Office ensuring a solid interface with our clients.

 

Philip Codd

Director
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Philip Codd

Director

Philip is a qualified and experienced Chartered Marine Engineer and project director with wide experience of the marine sector including the cruise and large luxury yacht industries.

He is experienced in ship design, ship management and ship operations, technical management, new build and refit procurement. He has been accountable for contract negotiations, project management and new build inspection, technical investigations, surveys and ensuring compliance with Flag and Class regulations.

He has a proven history of delivering value to clients through strong project management and worked as owner’s representative on yacht projects with a net value of up to €300m. He has also supported yacht owners providing independent advice for shipbuilding disputes and expert witness testimony in courts of law and arbitration.