Meet the ESCA Team

Stephen Dawe, Chairman - ESCA

Based in London, England, Stephen is Engineering & Business Development Manager at Vodafone Group Services Ltd with 32 years of experience in the submarine systems industry and an extensive background in engineering, system development, management and business development.

Recent career highlights include serving Cable & Wireless Communications as Director of Submarine Systems Engineering for CWC Wholesale Solutions and development and implementation of 4 repurposed cable projects with a total length exceeding 6400 km.

Prior to leading business development for Vodafone Submarine Systems Engineering, Stephen was Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Global Networks where he led a team that grew C&W’s international consultancy business to over £11 million. His expertise includes international connectivity and carrier commercial arrangements for submarine cables. He was the Network Manager for the Japan-US Cable and has managed a wide range of diverse submarine systems, Stephen is a regular contributor to the SubOptic, Chairman and Executive Committee Member of ESCA and represents Vodafone on a number of cross industry committees.

Peter Jamieson, Vice Chairman - ESCA

Peter has worked in the telecommunications industry for over twenty years and is currently Principal Engineer for the Virgin Media core fibre optic network part of the Liberty Global Group, which includes Submarine Cables. An Incorporated Engineer and Member of Institution of Engineering Technology, Peter also sits on the British Standards Committee for Optical radiation safety and laser equipment. He is also the Vice Chairman of ESCA.

Ben Sims - ESCA

Ben has worked in the submarine telecommunications industry for over ten years and is currently a Senior Engineer at Vodafone working in their Submarine Systems Engineering department. He has worked for submarine cable system suppliers and system owners with his roles having taken him offshore on a regular basis for cable route surveys, system installations and repairs.

Ben’s work in cable route engineering through the full cable project lifecycle from conception to retirement and recovery positions him well for the work of the MSG. His use of GIS in his various roles also brings valuable expertise to work on the KIS-ORCA project.

In 2016 Ben completed the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. This course focuses on UNCLOS which is fundamental to the subsea cable industry; and is ever more so with the increasing number of seabed users looking to work in close proximity.

Antony Zymelka, Renewables & Power Cables Sub Group Chairman - ESCA

Antony Zymelka is a very well known cable focused professional who has amassed around40 years of experience in the Subsea Cable industry and has been involved in approaching 100 Subsea Cable projects worldwide.

Antony has recently accepted a Directorship at BPP Cables where his expertise is being applied across many projects.

Having spent many years Offshore on various Cable Ships, and Onshore in Design, Engineering and Project / Senior Management, his Subsea Cable Installation Operations, Installation Engineering and Offshore and Onshore Management experience is extensive. This experience encompasses Power, Telecommunication, Umbilical, Military and Scientific Cables.

Through Antony’s chairmanship of the ESCA Renewables and Power Cable Sub-Group, they have composed various industry guidelines including: Proximity, Subsea Power Cable Installation and Repair. Antony is also a member of CIGRE and is currently sitting on the CIGRE working group defining 66kV testing guidelines.

John Wrottesley, Technical & Regulatory Sub Group Chairman - ESCA

Stephen Holden - ESCA

Steve has over 30 years in the submarine and telecommunication industries; firstly at Cable and Wireless (Marine) then Level 3 Communications and most recently at Global Marine Systems Ltd as the Maintenance Account Director. Steve has also being actively involved with cable projection for over 13 years and is presently on the executive committee of both the ICPC, ESCA and is the GMSL representative for NASCA. Having worked for both suppliers and maintenance authorities and experienced both marine and terrestrial working environments Steve has a good practical grasp of the submarine cable industry and its many internal and external environmental challenges in particular the growing interaction between regulators, renewables and submarine cables.

Paul Betts - ESCA

Dr Anja Drews - ESCA

Anja has been involved with the German renewable industry for the past 17 years, and with the power cables for German’s offshore wind industry since its inception nine years ago. As a geoscientist she completed a PhD in physics specialised in renewable energies, within the field of energy meteorology – the branch of meteorology which deals with energy resources that make sun and wind generation viable. Anja joined Germany’s newly formed Transpower TSO GmbH at the time of the first commercial wind farm and export power cable - into what has now become TenneT Offshore GmbH, the TSO that provides grid connections to all windfarms in the German Bight. After dealing with project development and permits for offshore grid connections she moved to TenneT’s installation and construction department. In her present position she works as a project manager for offshore power cable installations and is responsible for TenneT’s UXO strategy.

David Joy - ESCA

David graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Dundee College of Technology in 1984, now Abertay University, and sits on the ESCA EC and RPSG.

Based in Perth, Scotland, David joined SSE as a graduate and has built up his career with the organisation over 34 years, primarily with SHE Power Distribution, but more recently with SHE Transmission.

With 10 years of experience in installation, replacement and fault repair on SHEPD’s extensive 11kV and 33kV subsea cable network, David was fundamental in setting up the first Subsea Cable Maintenance Contracts for fault response, associated storage facilities for strategic spare subsea cable and preparing policy for route selection, marine survey and burial protection.

As Customer Connections Engineering Manager for a period of 3 years, David managed a multi discipline engineering team to support connection to the Grid of an overall project portfolio totalling 900MW of new renewable electricity generation.

In his current role as Cable Subject Matter Expert for land and marine cables within SHE Transmission, David has had direct input to key Transmission HVAC and HVDC subsea cable projects including Kintyre-Hunterston, Caithness-Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

Dec Wallace - ESCA

Peter Fisk - ESCA

Chris Sturgeon - ESCA

Chris is a master mariner with 30 years in the submarine cable industry. With 10 years experience commanding cable ships and managing marine operations together with extensive work in the design, development, planning and delivery of cable projects, Chris now provides advisory, expert and marine warranty services as CEO of Red Penguin. In recent years he has worked extensively across the industry on a range of major infrastructure projects to identify and control risk and to improve project outcomes.

Colin Spencer, Director and Company Secretary - ESCA

Clive has worked in the submarine cable industry for 38 years and is currently the Company Director and Secretary of ESCA as well as the Secretary of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement (ACMA) Clive has worked most of his career in BT within the subsea operations and maintenance team, dealing with subsea cable maintenance agreement, operational and related financial aspects. In 2011 he set up his own independent business working within the subsea industry from both a UK and international perspective.

Peter Barham, Liaison Officer - ESCA

After 25 years working in increasingly senior roles for the EA, Peter was Sustainable Development Manager for Associated British Ports for 9 years during which time his work on port development and conservation was described as ‘best practice for sustainable development by Natural England. Since leaving ABP Peter has run his own successful environmental consultancy working in the marine and coastal environment with clients in both the public and private sectors.

His work as a consultant has included planning and managing EIA for port developments, developing mitigation strategies with regulators and conservation bodies for major developments and developing new licensing processes for the MMO.

Peter facilitates the Seabed User and Developer Group (SUDG which comprises the key marine sectors (offshore energy, ports, oil and gas, cables etc) and works to develop proportionate approaches to ensuring that the needs of both the environment and legislation are met. Peter’s work has resulted in SUDG being regarded as a responsible, constructive and important voice for marine industry recognized by Government, regulators and NGOs.

Neil Baylis, UK Legal Advisor - ESCA

Neil is a partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP in London where he practises competition, commercial and regulatory law. He is the legal adviser to ESCA (and was the adviser to its predecessors, Subsea Cables UK and UK CPC). Neil prepared the constitutional documents of ESCA and also wrote and maintains the competition law guidelines that are found on the ESCA website. Neil attends each plenary meeting to update members on legal developments and also to ensure the plenaries are conducted in full compliance with the competition law guidelines. Having been involved in the subsea cables industry for over ten years he understands the legal and commercial issues affecting members’ businesses.

Aaron Mair - ESCA

Aaron Mair is a director and consultant at Port Hill Marine Limited. He has over 43 years’ experience in the marine industry including 28 years in the fishing industry where he was Captain and Owner of his own vessels. He also spent a number of years in the Merchant Navy as a chief officer and worked in the Offshore Oil and Gas industry. He came ashore in 2002 and worked for the UK government Marine Management Organisation, where he was a Marine Officer and Marine Licensing and Biological coordinator for the North of England.

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