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Leadership team

Leadership team

Introducing our executive leadership team.

Stewart Mitchell

Stewart Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

Stewart has more than 26 years’ experience working in the global energy sector, many of which have been in senior management roles. He joined the Sparrows Group as our CEO in March 2014 with a remit to provide leadership and direction in support of our structured, targeted and controlled growth aspirations.

Before joining us he spent 22 years with engineering, procurement, construction and installation company McDermott International where he was most recently responsible for running their business across Europe, North and South America, Middle East, India and the Caspian.

After graduating as a mechanical engineer in 1989 Stewart started his career working for European Marine Contractors before joining McDermott International in Dubai in 1992 where he subsequently held a number of positions from an offshore field engineer to vice president for the Middle East and India.

 
Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

As the chief financial officer for the Sparrows Group Neil has been responsible for ensuring the financial stability of the business across all of our operations since he joined us in 2014.

With more than 25 years’ experience in finance, Neil is a specialist in international markets and has held positions at a number of companies. Prior to joining Sparrows, Neil held a similar role at Promethean World and was instrumental in implementing the group’s strategy, growing and globalising the business, which resulted in the firm entering the FTSE250.

He holds a first class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

 
Ewen Kerr

Ewen Kerr

Engineering & Operations Director

Having started as an apprentice design draughtsman at the Sparrows Group over 27 years ago Ewen is now responsible for all aspects of our engineering and operations development and delivery globally.

Since joining the company in 1988 Ewen has worked across all areas of the business in a number of leadership positions, gaining experience in both engineering and operational roles. As the director for engineering, Ewen takes an active role in mentoring and developing talent within the business whilst ensuring the quality of our engineering service delivery. During his time at the company he has been integral in fostering our ‘delivery assured’ culture where we are committed to providing the highest standards of safety and quality.

Ewen is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Society of Operations Engineers, and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the Sparrows Group board of directors.

 
John Fraser

John Fraser

Executive Director – HSEQ / HR

Having started his career as a crane operator at the Sparrows Group 39 years ago, today John is our director in charge of both HSEQ and human resources.

John moved into the specialist area of safety 24 years ago when he took on the role of safety, training and competence assurance manager at the Sparrows Group. Since then, he has held a number of HSEQ leadership positions at various oil and gas contractors before coming back to us in 2010.

As a leader of safety in the sector John has participated in a number of industry sponsored work groups where he has had the opportunity to relate the wealth of practical experience he holds.

In 2015 John took on the stewardship of the Sparrows Group’s global human resources function in addition to his HSEQ responsibilities.

 
Steve Bertone

Steve Bertone

Senior Vice President – Americas

Steve joined the Sparrows Group as the director of our Americas business in May 2015 after spending 33 years with the engineering, procurement, construction and installation company McDermott International. Based in Houston, he oversees all of our operations in the US, Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining Sparrows, Steve was McDermott’s vice president of marine operations and previously held the roles of country manager for Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He has an engineering background and graduated with a Masters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the state of New York.

 
Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson

Regional Operations Director – Africa

As the director for our operations in Africa Steve is responsible for all aspects of our business in the region including ensuring we maintain our high standard of service delivery and operational safety.

Having been with the Sparrows Group for over 20 years, Steve has held a number of positions both offshore and in senior management, providing him with extensive knowledge and expertise in the safety critical area of lifting and mechanical handling. He started his career working in the North Sea in 1995 and while still based in Aberdeen moved his focus to the management of our contracts in Africa.

Now located in Luanda, Angola, our regional head office, Steve has grown the business so that we now operate in a number of locations across Africa where he is continuing to expand our footprint in region.

 
Charlie Topp

Charlie Topp

Executive Director – Middle East, India, Caspian & Asia Pacific

Charlie has over 30 years’ experience of working internationally and as the director for all of our operations in the Middle East, India, Caspian and Asia Pacific he is responsible for the growth and service delivery of our business in these regions.

Based in Dubai, where he has been for the last 23 years, Charlie joined the Sparrows Group as a regional director in 2014. His international experience covers also working in Aberdeen, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Having worked for a number of oil and gas contractors such as Weatherford, Chorley Engineering, BJ Services and Enermech, he also has experience of owning and running his own successful company.

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