Saab Seaeye Key People
Jon Robertson was appointed Managing Director in September 2012.
He joined the company in 1998, rising from 'special projects' engineer to
Engineering Manager then Engineering Director. In this role he was responsible
for bringing smarter ROVs to the market with significant technological advances
and product design achievements. Notable developments include the highly successful
and powerful XT systems; the intelligent control of nodes concept (iCON); and
undertaking the complex challenge of integrating military and commercial underwater
technologies to bring new solutions to problems in both sectors of operation.
Matt Bates joined Saab Seaeye in 1993 with an Honours
Degree in Engineering Systems and eight years previous experience in
underwater engineering with GEC Underwater Weapons Division. For a number
of years he held the position of Engineering Manager during which time his
achievements included the development of the Seaeye Tiger, Lynx, Panther
Plus and Seaeye Falcon. In 2002 he took over the position of Sales and
Marketing Manager. In May 2003 he became Managing Director of Seaeye Marine
and in 2008, took on the role of Sales Director. Matt's primary responsibility
is the overall management of the Sales & Marketing and After Sales Support
activities within the company.
Mark Exeter joined Saab Seaeye in May 2008 as the Programme Manager
after previously working in the Energy industry as the Design Manager and Production
Manager of Combined Heat and Power units. His previous career was specialising in
engineering and project management within the Automotive industry for a first tier
supplier to the OEM's. In February 2010 he became the Operations Manager responsible
for all production activities and in June 2011 he joined the Saab Seaeye board as
Operations Director responsible for the planning, organisation and implementation of
all Saab Seaeye operational activities and improvements.
Tim Broom joined Saab Seaeye in November 2015. Prior to this,
Tim spent 5 years as Director of Project Management in the Renewables Industry
and before that he held various program leadership roles in engineering consultancies
and first tier automotive suppliers. Tim's achievements are establishing Project Management
Organisations, developing Project Management competence and driving the delivery of new
products to market. Tim has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMIST and is a member
of the Association for Project Management. Tim is enthusiastic about promoting the benefits
of Professional Project Management as an enabler for business growth.
James Douglas joined Saab Seaeye in 2007
from a Marine Electronics background with 15 years of experience
in sales, marketing and management of key accounts and
distribution in the UK, Europe and the Middle East markets.
His primary responsibility at Seaeye is for ROV system
sales at home and internationally as well as the management
of the sales department.
Defence Sales Manager
Chris Lade joined Saab Seaeye in March 2012 after a 30 year career
in the Royal Navy where he specialised as a warfare officer in Mine and Anti-Submarine
Warfare and Diving in. His previous career has, amongst other things, seen him in
Command of a mine hunter and of the UK's Diving School. He has extensive experience in
Joint operations and led the Navy's mine warfare capability team during the Second Gulf
War and more recently has been involved in the development of Naval Training. He joins
Saab Seaeye as the Defence Sales Manager.
Technical Support Manager
Chris Henderson Henderson manages an expanding customer support function for
underwater vehicle systems around the world, including the provision of spares, 24 hour
technical support and product service. Having joined the company in 1998 as an apprentice,
Chris brings considerable knowledge and experience to the role of customer and distributor
support across all Saab Seaeye vehicles.
Publications and Training Manager
Peter Vallender joined Saab Seaeye in 2000 and is responsible for all
customer training and technical publications within the company. He gained his 25 years
electrical engineering and management experience in the Royal Navy Submarine Service
before moving into industry. Previous positions held at Seaeye include Production manager,
Operations Supervisor and Technical Author.
Terry Wood joined Saab Seaeye in February 2012. He has responsibility for the
project and design activities of the engineering team. In his previous position as Engineering
Manager, Terry was working on electronic products for Airbus, Boeing, and Rolls Royce. Before
that he was Technical Director for a company which designed and manufactured ultrasonic gas
meter products, and he has also worked in Safety and Reliability Consultancy. He has an
M.Sc. in Biomechanics.
Simon Unwin originally joined SAAB Seaeye in 2007 as Purchasing Manager. In
2010 he took on the role of Materials Manager, adding Production Control and Stores to his
Purchasing responsibilities. In 2014 Simon was promoted further to Production Manager and oversees
planning and the day to day functions throughout the factory. Prior to this, Simon gained his
extensive materials and production experience through working in both the marine navigation and
sub-contract assembly sectors for over 12 years.
Kevin Fraser joined Saab Seaeye in May 2014. He is fully Chartered Institute of
Purchasing and Supply qualified and has responsibility for Stores and Purchasing. Prior to joining
Seaeye Kevin has considerable experience in Procurement/Supply Chain Material Management in
Pharmaceuticals, FMCG and Electro Mechanical industries.
Mireille Schiks joined Saab Seaeye in January 2013. She has spent the last 20 years
building an international career mainly in the Telecommunications industry, based in The Netherlands
and Sweden. As an established professional with proven organisational and operational skills Mireille
is currently working at senior level as Executive Assistant to the Directors. Responsible for working
collaboratively with the Senior team she manages their changing priorities in line with the business
objectives whilst successfully creating a bridge of communications across the business.
Human Resources Manager
Lynne Moody joined Saab Seaeye in May 2016. Lynne started working in HR almost 15 years ago for McLaren Automotive before moving to Airbus Defence & Space (Portsmouth) in 2006 where she was responsible for the Spacecraft Payload AIT and Procurement organisations. She moved through various roles within Airbus including Subcontract Manager, Learning Manager, HR Business Partner and Head of HR for site. Lynne's primary responsibility is the overall management of the HR department within the company.