The team

Meet our team of energy & marine risk experts

We are here to help you develop a more dynamic risk culture, and to support and facilitate faster and more effective decision-making

These are the people who can help.

Wayne Henderson Managing director

Joined: 2020

Why Marex: At Marex we help organisations put operational safety controls in place that make a difference to the safety of millions of people every day.

Experience: Owner and managing director of Marex, supporting the development of a culture for growth and business diversification.

I started my career as an engineer having studied mechanical and offshore engineering at Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen. I have 25 years of nternational experience leading strategic change programmes in the energy and pharmaceuticals sectors throughout Asia, Middle East and Europe. I thrive on coaching teams and individuals to realise their full potential.

Neil Smeaton Risk manager and director

Joined: 2005

Why Marex: Our proactive approach to client engagement and our drive for innovation in response to client needs and requirements.

Experience: Involved in the development, review and revision of offshore installation safety cases and the associated major accident hazard risk analyses, including Bowtie analyses, fire and explosion analyses and QRA.

Samantha Duncan Finance and administration manager

Joined: 2013

Why Marex: Marex is a friendly and knowledgeable company to work with. They encompass a wide range of qualifications which span multiple sectors, enabling the staff to offer a wealth of knowledge, assisting clients and team members alike.

Experience: I have a total of 11 years’ experience within the oil & gas and finance sector. I am responsible for all finance, administration and human resource-related tasks within Marex. I have an MA in accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in human resource management.

Varun Sarpangal Principal technical consultant

Joined: 2012

Why Marex: For me, it has to be the high standards and quality of the deliverables we provide to clients. Behind that, I believe, is Marex consultants’ attention to detail - a trait that is inculcated by the risk manager.

Experience: After three years of hands-on experience of machinery operations and maintenance on board crude oil tanker ships as an engineer, I completed a Master’s degree and joined Marex. Initially, my focus was on technical aspects of regulatory compliance in the oil & gas industry, such as developing performance standards for safety critical equipment as part of verification schemes. In recent years, my main area of work has been in human factors - a subject that aims to ensure that the design of equipment, task and work environment in hazardous industries are optimised for the humans carrying out the tasks. I have secured a post graduate diploma in the subject and Technical Membership of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (TechCIEHF).

Iain Young Principal risk consultant

Joined: 2008

Why Marex: Excellent customer relations and communications, along with realistic and achievable targets, have resulted in the delivery of completed projects of high quality within deadlines and on budget. This has generated new business from referrals by satisfied customers.

Experience: Safety case development and thorough reviews, undertaking risk assessments, legislative gap analysis, FMEA, HAZIDs etc, facilitating major hazard risk assessments and summary of operational boundaries (SOOB) using BowtieXP software, developing emergency response manuals, escape, evacuation and rescue analyses, and emergency systems survivability analyses, review and development of performance standards and verification schemes, seagoing career (including master and chief mate) includes tankers, anchor handling supply vessels, salvage tugs and fishing vessels, undertaking harbour audits under Port Marine Safety Code.

Kai Henderson Junior risk consultant

Joined: 2021

Why Marex: We have great expertise and knowledge within the sectors we work in. Every piece of work we produce is at the highest standard. We value our customers very highly and therefore have great relationships with them.

Experience: I have completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing SCQF level 6, Diploma in Creative Media SCQF level 7, Diploma in Data Analytics SCQF level 8 and I am currently at studying a Graduate Apprenticeship of Data Science Bachelor’s degree through Robert Gordon University.

Donna Van Damme Marine consultant

(Re)joined: 2024

Why Marex: Marex has such a strong professional reputation, having been dealing with safety cases in the energy industry from the start.  It’s this breadth of specialist knowledge that makes us so well placed to support organisations working in other hazardous industries.

Experience: This is my second spell at Marex, having been part of the team between 2013-17. Before that, I travelled the world working for Maersk as a cadet and junior officer. I moved on to work for Svitzer as an officer on a harbour tug on the river Tees for five years before family relocation took me to Aberdeen.

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