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Business Development Expert Joins ESS Management Team

Subsea technology specialist, Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has taken further steps to strengthen its management team and to boost international sales with a senior appointment.

Andy Readyhough will be charged with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.

Mr Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. Andy is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance operations.

ESS’s latest appointment follows Mark Brown joining as Engineering Manager and consolidates a management team which is focussed on international growth and rolling out patented technologies and a skills set which has proved highly successful in the UK and Baltic subsea markets.

ESS managing director, Mark Gillespie, said: “Andy’s vast business development and operational experience in cable installation and trenching projects will be pivotal in driving forward our global expansion strategy and in forging strong relationships in new geographic market areas.

“Our subsea technologies and track record on a number of major renewables, interconnect and oil and gas projects is well founded in our home market and our focus for 2018 and beyond is to replicate that success internationally. We are building a management team which is capable of taking ESS to the next level and to realising the company’s true potential.”

Mr Readyhough said he had been impressed by ESS’s global outlook and looked forward to adding to the company’s success. He said: “There is no doubting the ambition of chairman Mike Wilson, Mark Gillespie and the wider ESS team and I am delighted to be joining a business which is well-resourced, is highly regarded in the subsea sector and knows where it is going.”

Banchory-headquartered ESS has developed an impressive portfolio of patented subsea tools and is regarded as a leading innovator in seabed preparation, trenching and backfill. The company’s SCAR seabed systems – including the largest boulder clearing tool in the world – can be deployed on a variety of subsea tasks required on offshore windfarm projects and major infrastructure and interconnector projects.