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Management appointments at Harris Pye

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The rapid, planned expansion of the Harris Pye Group has seen David Hayden appointed Managing Director of Harris Pye UK Ltd, and Stephen Blake become Harris Pye UK’s Technical Manager. Previously Dave Hayden was Technical Manager and Steve Blake Technical Co-ordinator.

As Harris Pye Group Managing Director, Mark Prendergast explains: “As our recent shortlisting for The Private Business Exporter of the Year Award indicates, the level of work the Group now has outside the UK, particularly in the oil and gas market, means that both Chris David, the Group Technical Director and I are spending ever more time out of the country, and so Dave Hayden and Steve Blake are now looking after the day-to-day running of our UK interests. Both are highly experienced and we are comforted to know our UK interests are receiving the level of involvement they so richly deserve.

“Dave Hayden has long been a director of Harris Pye Outfitting, and has been running the technical aspects of all the UK companies for some two years, so appointing him UK Managing Director is a very natural step; and Steve Blake has been with us for some five years so they make a good partnership looking after UK operations from our head office in Barry, South Wales.

“We are delighted by the growth in our offshore business, which has been key to seeing our turnover as a whole treble since 2007, and by almost 50% in the last financial year (2010 to 2011).”

Further information on the Harris Pye Group is at www.harrispye.com

More about the appointees  

David Hayden CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST first joined the Harris Pye Group in 1999 as Managing Director of Harris Pye Outfitting, but having enjoyed many sea-going appointments in his working life left in 2003 to become Fleet Operations Manager for Seaspan Ship Management Ltd in Canada. He returned to Harris Pye and to Wales in 2005 and since then has been a key member of the team responsible for the day-to-day technical management of the UK site and the team of marine superintendents and technicians, involved with project work on offshore structures, oil rigs and trading ships. During a packed working life he has worked for Safship Ship Management in South Africa as Fleet Manager; South African Marine Corporation as New Building Site Manager; Safman Shipping as an Engineering Officer; and Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons as a Junior Engineering Officer – his first sea-going appointment. His working life began as an Apprentice Engineer at Tubal Cain Foundry and Engineering Co in Cardiff which first whetted his appetite for a marine industry career; and his experience throughout his working life has equipped him to fully understand the varied needs of Harris Pye’s customers.

Stephen Blake, like David Hayden, has had a long seagoing career, serving both as a Fleet Manager and Chief Engineer. He joined Harris Pye some five years ago in the role of Technical Co-ordinator, assisting with a wide range of projects, most recently Ocean Clipper and Transocean’s Arctic 1.

About Harris Pye

• The Harris Pye Group is a rapidly expanding global player with active involvement in many key maritime, offshore oil & gas and associated onshore industrial sectors. Operating worldwide on a 24/7 basis, the Group’s emphasis is on cost effective repair, preventative maintenance and conversion work.

• Staff strength within the Group has grown from 10 in 1976 to 1, 200 in their United Kingdom head office facility (at Barry in South Wales) and main stations in Sharjah and Singapore; and offices and repair facilities in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, China, Dubai, Japan, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Scandinavia.

• The Group philosophy is to provide a global service with a focus on supplying top quality products and fast and efficient customer service.  Further information at www.harrispye.com

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