Newton Aycliffe-based supplier of subsea cable protection Tekmar has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Barry Cooper as operations manager.
Bringing more than 15 years of experience in the offshore sector, Barry has served in several senior management and leadership roles in businesses including Technip Umbilicals, GE Wellstream and more recently, DeepOcean.
In his new role, Barry will be responsible for all operations working closely within the Senior Management Team to ensure products are manufactured to the highest quality, processes are efficient, and the history of excellence in quality and safety is further enhanced.
Prior to joining Tekmar, Barry was capex manager at Technip Umbilicals and GE Wellstream where he lead major investment programmes developing both Manufacturing and Research & Development facilities as part of global strategic growth plans.
Locations included Brazil, Angola, Houston, Malaysia and the UK as well as leading process improvement initiatives in those manufacturing environments and subsea installations with DeepOcean.
“I am delighted to join Tekmar at a time of significant growth and opportunity across renewables and subsea SURF products,” said Barry.
“Tekmar are strategically well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities in both sectors and have fantastic facilities already in place to support those plans. I look forward to working with the team to maximise the potential of an already successful brand.”
CEO James Ritchie added: “By appointing Barry, with his track record in offshore operations and manufacturing from some of the leading oil and gas players, we hope to capitalise from that experience to make Tekmar the clear market leaders and the supplier of choice.”
Tekmar’s recent growth has seen the company continue to secure multiple renewables contracts, including Race Bank, Rampion and Formosa.
In addition to this, Tekmar has experienced consistent growth in the oil & gas subsea sector, despite the recent downturn, and continues to secure work with new and existing customers.