Our Delivery Team

Our specialist team is comprised of a unique mix of naval architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, lifting engineers, and project managers, as well as hydraulics and control systems specialists.


Our diverse range of skills and expertise enables us to deliver bespoke solutions for our clients, whether the task is in their workshop, on site inland, at the water’s edge or at sea above and below the waterline.

Gary Paterson, Director

Gary is our Director, joining Malin in 2014 after completing an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Gary has a broad experience on the logistics side of Oil & Gas projects, most notably working as an in-house Heavy Lift Specialist on the TCO project. In addition to being AP (Appointed Person) qualified, he also specialises in seafastening design, and  global and local structural checks on vessels and barges.

james bowie, engineering director

James began his career as a summer intern with Malin Abram, before gaining a degree in Naval Architecture and joining full time as a graduate. Having worked through the graduate programme, he graduated to the post of Naval Architect and then Team Lead, before securing the Engineering Director position. James has experience in a variety of projects from marine heavy lift transportation to design and manufacture of bespoke jigs and has been involved in major site operations worldwide.

Chris cairns, commercial director

Chris is the Commercial Director of Malin Abram.  Having graduated in 2011 with a degree in Quantity Surveying, Chris spent the first 5 years of his career in the oil and gas industry with a worldwide oil and gas subsea contractor in Aberdeen, where he managed numerous high profile tenders for major oil and gas projects.  Chris joined Malin Abram in 2016, where he has enjoyed being involved with tendering various heavylift and marine scopes and seeing them through to project execution.  Chris is responsible for the teams’ tendering activities, ensuring compliance and tender deadlines are achieved.

ryan homer, project director

Ryan is a Project Director at Malin Abram, with extensive experience across a wide variety of projects. He graduated with a degree in Engineering & Enterprise Management from the University of Strathclyde, following this up with a degree in Marine Studies from the University of Plymouth and gaining his OOW Unlimited CoC. Ryan joined as a Trainee Marine Superintendent. He has been involved in a diverse range of projects within the company from short shipping to major turnkey projects.

Gordon Sloan, technical director

Gordon Sloan is a Time Served Engineer with extensive experience in the fields of heavy engineering (Motherwell Bridge Group) & marine operations (Henry Abram & Sons Limited). His specific areas of his experience include: Structural Design, Heavy Lift Operations, Transportation (Road & Marine), Seafastening Design, Marine Superintendence, Marine Procedures & Operations. His extensive experience has been gained travelling throughout the UK and overseas experience throughout Europe, Israel and Canada.

alasdair macdonald, structures team lead

Alasdair cut his teeth delivering complex offshore structural engineering workscopes, such as caisson removal/installations and modular structures, gaining experience in framework design, lift/ transportation analysis and hydrodynamic loading. In recent years he has gained experience in the wider marine industry designing plated structures and use of finite element analysis software, undertaking design to a wide range of design codes including AISC 360-10 and Eurocodes and classification societies such as Lloyds
Register and DNV.

alex mckenna, senior structural engineer

With a comprehensive knowledge of design to British Standards and Eurocodes, Alex has worked on a broad range of commercial and residential projects, and has experience in both finite element analysis (FEA) of steel plated structures and 3D frame analysis software. He has a keen focus on the buildability of structures and takes a holistic approach to design to ensure that every aspect meets the client’s requirements.

shane hand, Naval Architect Team Lead

Shane brings a range of specialist skills to the team, with over 7 years of naval architecture experience spanning design and consultancy of workboats, passenger ships, fishing boats and more recently some Hydrogen powered vessels. Having grown up around the fishing industry and working on his family passenger ships he has developed a practical knowledge of problem solving. His main areas of experience cover design, specification writing, stability analysis, Class and Flag discussion, skills which earned him the accolade of ‘Young professional green energy awards innovator of the year’ in 2019.

Chris Dunn, principal naval architect

Chris, a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects, has over 25 years’ experience in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Wind sectors in the West of Scotland, gaining experience in many of the technical departments within the Upper Clyde shipyards during his 17 years with BAE Systems. In 2011 he moved from his position as Technical Project Manager at BAE to the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa Offshore Wind where he helped develop the offshore turbine manufacture, transportation, assembly and logistics strategies for their offshore installations. He returned to shipbuilding as Chief Naval Architect at Ferguson Marine in 2014, leading the design department & drawing office and responsible for providing technical leadership and naval architectural support to the design, construction and repair of their marine vessels. Chris joined Malin Group in Feb 2020.

David Cooper, naval architect

David joined Malin Group in 2018, after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Since Starting with Malin Group, David has played a key role as project engineer on the load out and float off of the recent Offshore Patrol Vessels, producing all calculations and documentation and assisting with site operations. With expertise across stability analysis and Load-Out and Float- Off operations, alongside a broad understanding of various marine operations, David has more recently been involved in the engineering and operations management of the Type 26 block moves and upcoming Load-Out and Float-Off of HMS Glasgow.

helenor fisher, brand manager

Helenor comes to Malin Abram with over 15 years of marketing experience, with a diverse range of skills spanning brand development, copywriting, design, digital and website development and marketing strategy. Prior to joining the Malin Group, she worked extensively in the Higher Education sector (Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian University), involving projects on a worldwide scale, as well as for Skills Development Scotland. Since joining the group, she has worked to build brand awareness, through the creation of digital and hard copy materials, combined with targeted advertising and content marketing.

jonathan hill, senior mechanical engineer

 Jonathan Graduated from Newcastle University in 2004 with an MEng in Mechanical engineering and has gained experience across multiple sectors, with a significant portion of his career working for a major supplier to the Oil and Gas sector. Jonathan has an array of technical skills and abilities specifically in areas of new product development and innovation, appearing as a named inventor on multiple patents. Jonathan also has a BA in Leadership and Management and has led the successful commercialisation of a number of innovations. In addition to this Jonathan has experience in large rotating offshore equipment and has collaborated with major Oil and Gas operators on topside equipment packages large and small.

ross marshall, project manager

Ross joined the company in March of 2019 having worked in London for the previous 4 years. Prior to this he worked for an international Oil Services company in Aberdeen. He has vast experience in the design, fabrication and installation of bespoke steelwork and has operated in several industries including Oil & Gas, Construction and Marine. By having significant experience in working on site, Ross is able to offer a wealth of knowledge at both hands-on and managerial level, specialising in the Project Management and Engineering/Design of bespoke steel fabrications. As well as being educated to degree level, Ross holds a valid CITB CSCS Qualification and has full UK Security Clearance.

calum reid, graduate marine engineer

Calum joined Malin Group shortly after graduating from university, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in marine engineering. Before coming to Malin, Calum spent a year working with a mooring company and is experienced in drill rig mooring operations and mooring analysis. He also has a strong background in Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

laura henderson, sales & marketing assistant

Laura comes to the Malin Group with over 10 years of sales experience, with a diverse range of skills in developing client relationships, driving sales & marketing initiatives and researching potential markets. Although new to the Marine Industry, her previous roles have strengthened her abilities in driving to learn new skills and working on her personal ‘can do approach’.