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Leadership team

Introducing our executive leadership team.

Stewart Mitchell

Stewart Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

Stewart has more than 30 years’ experience working in the global energy sector, many of which have been in executive leadership 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 Sparrows he spent 22 years with engineering, procurement, construction and installation company McDermott International, starting as an offshore field engineer, holding numerous project management and leadership roles before progressing to senior vice president of the Middle East, India, Caspian and Americas regions.

Stewart is a Chartered Engineer, holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. He has also completed the Executive Directors Program at the Kellogg School of Management - North Western University, and the Executive Management Program at Thunderbird School of Management.

 

 
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 28 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

Chief Technical Officer

Having started as an apprentice design draughtsman at the Sparrows Group over 30 years ago Ewen is now responsible for all aspects of our technical 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 chief technical officer, Ewen takes an active role in mentoring and developing talent within the business whilst ensuring the quality of our technical 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.

 
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 23 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 gradually moved his focus to the management of our contracts in Africa.

Located in Aberdeen Steve has grown our Africa business so that we now operate in a number of locations across the continent 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 25 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.

 

 

Matt Corbin

Matt Corbin

Regional Operations Director – Europe

With over 20 years' experience in the oil and gas indistry Matt joined us as director for our operations in Europe in 2017 and is responsible for maintaining our leading market share position in lifting operations and maintance in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), while delivering further growth in other sectors.

Matt's previous experience includes leadership roles at several oil and gas contractors. He was also supply chain consultant to the UK Government's regularoty body, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), and contributed to Oil & Gas UK's Efficiency Task Force. He has been a board member of industry body Subsea UK since 2014 and also supported Scottish Enterprise's Grey Matters programme in an advisory capacity.

He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Brunel University.


 
Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Human Resources Director

Laura started her career with Sparrows 10 years ago and is now the director for human resources

Having worked in several HR roles in the company, Laura gained further experience at other oil and gas contractors before returning to us in 2013. Since then she has held a variety of HR positions, most recently as global head of human resources, before joining the leadership team in her current role this year.

Based in Aberdeen, Laura is responsible for managing the global HR function and providing leadership on HR and organisational matters. She is a CIPD qualified HR practitioner with a diploma in human resource management and also holds an MA in politics and sociology.

 

 
 
Bob Jamieson

Bob Jamieson

HSEQ Director

Having started his career over 20 years’ ago in the RAF, Bob is our HSEQ director providing leadership on all aspects of health, safety, environment and quality across the Group.

Bob joined Sparrows in 2011 as HSEQ manager for the Eastern Hemisphere and most recently held the post of global head of HSEQ. In his previous role as operations manager at Petersons his HSEQ responsibilities led him to make the change to specialising in the field more than 10 years’ ago.

During his time at Sparrows, he has been responsible for the development of our global management system and continues to ensure its compliance to the relevant requirements. He is also the first point of contact for regulators, industry bodies and clients in respect of HSEQ matters.


 
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