Dave Griffiths of KGAL
Dave Griffiths
CEO

Dave Griffiths

CEO

Dave Griffiths of KGAL

Dave joined KGAL in April 2006, in the position of Business Development Director. Inevitably, someone who has spent 30 years in a design and construction environment brings a wealth of previous experience which has proven invaluable to KGAL since he joined the team. Having started his career with Newton Chambers Engineering (NCE), the UK’s leading water control gate supplier of the time, Dave spent 16 years building up a thorough understanding of gate design, manufacture and installation. He also gained experience within other NCE market sectors including large butterfly valves, Ro-Ro equipment, iron and steel works plant, nuclear shield doors and pond gates. Significant projects included a six months spell installing gates on site during construction of the Dinorwic Pumped Storage Hydro Power Station in North Wales and conceptual gate designs for Padstow Harbour, Glasson Dock and Holme Pierpoint Canoe Slalom course among others.

With a wish to broaden his horizons, Dave joined Don Sharpe Engineering in Scunthorpe, and spent eight years providing predominantly site solutions in the general engineering field, gaining much experience on cement plants, rotating equipment, iron and steel works plant, material handling and process plants. During that time he progressed to Engineering Director, responsible for all aspects of manufacture and installation, including site management of installation activities through critical plant outrage periods, where lost production liabilities were paramount.

A six year period with Qualter Hall followed, with varied involvement on all types of specialist moving equipment including gates, cranes and bridges. Dave assisted the company to diversify away from the traditional mining market and played a significant role in securing the contract to design and build a double deck Ro-Ro linkspan facility for Dublin Port and establish them as a credible D&B supplier to the Environment Agency.

Since joining KGAL, Dave has helped to significantly increase our order intake with new and existing clients and has played a key role on a number of projects providing design review and site supervision, and was ECC Supervisor for the EA throughout the Hull Tidal Surge Barrier Refurbishment Project, from contract award to completion of the maintenance period seven years later.

Dave is now CEO. He is also Project Manager for Xayaburi Hydro Electric Power Project for which KGAL was appointed to design the hydraulic steel structures on a 1285 MW Hydro Barrage on the Mekong River. LinkedIn logo

As a native Yorkshireman, Dave rarely leaves you in any doubt about his professional opinion on any question or problem he is asked to consider.

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Russ Digby of KGAL
Russ Digby
Regional Managing Director

Russ Digby

Regional Managing Director

Russ Digby of KGAL

Following his training as a Mechanical Engineer on an Institution of Mechanical Engineers accredited honours degree course, Russ has gained over 30 years post-graduate experience in many aspects of design including mechanical, electrical, and oil hydraulic engineering. Russ developed his education to specialise in water engineering projects gaining extensive knowledge and experience through several large water turbine and gate installation projects during his employment with Biwater Hydro Power Ltd.

Since joining KGAL in 1998, Russ has assumed responsibility for all technical, project engineering, and commissioning aspects of equipment used in the water control, hydro power, flood defence, ports, harbours and marinas fields. He has undertaken a number of technical positions of increasing responsibility, ranging from Design Engineer through to his current post as Regional Managing Director with full technical and commercial responsibility for the Poole and Gloucester offices.

His area of particular specialism relates to the rehabilitation of existing hydro-mechanical equipment, including all types of water control structures, temporary enabling works, hazard assessments, conditional inspections, specialist flow calculations and structural analysis. Russ has accumulated immense technical experience and oversees all Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics output. 

He has written several technical papers on the rehabilitation of hydro-mechanical equipment and presented them at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the British Dam Society.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical EngineersLinkedIn logo in May 2010. Russ has provided specialist input on numerous projects located all over the world, and is approved by the Norwegian Water Directorate (NVE) to design watercourse structures.

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Tim Doyle of KGAL
Tim Doyle
Projects Director

Tim Doyle

Projects Director

Tim Doyle of KGAL

BSc (Hons)

Tim currently runs our Hydro Projects team. He has worked in hydro since the mid-1980s having joined Boving & Co Ltd in London after a two year stint in Indonesia working in the petro-chem industry. Tim moved out of London in 1989 when the company relocated to South Yorkshire, however, Tim decided that another spell overseas might be more interesting and spent the next decade on hydro construction in Uganda and Malaysia operating as the on-site Project Manager. On returning to the UK Tim was made Contracts Director for reasons that are still a mystery to him! This role provided some real challenges especially when Kvaerner sold their hydro operations to General Electric. Tim was involved in the attempts to integrate the various Kvaerner hydro assets into the new GE Energy organisation.

He became head of GE Hydro’s global installation team with responsibility for all of GE Hydro’s global site operations. To ensure that he didn't become bored GE also made Tim the Managing Director of their UK hydro company, GE Energy (UK) Ltd. The appointment coincided with GE’s decision to divest its hydro operations and a sharp staff reduction in the UK company followed. This eventually led to the sale of the GE Energy companies to Andritz in 2008. Andritz decided that the UK did not warrant a dedicated base so for two years Tim was tasked with completing the last few projects, cancelling the milk and finally turning off the lights.

Tim joined KGAL in 2011, on what was initially an experimental basis, to help the company expand its operations in the hydro field. Tim has been a key player in the recruitment and development of the current Hydro Projects Team, initiating the tender for Dolgarrog Unit 4 project, personally managed the Foyers replacement MIV and Asset Life Assessment projects and is currently deeply involved with several other projects for SSE. When not running individual projects Tim works closely with the rest of the team providing advice based on 30 years of industry experience.

Tim is married and the proud father of three children. Whenever he gets the chance Tim spends his spare time watching rugby ­ he played for London IrishLinkedIn logo in his youth and coached at Doncaster Knights junior section for a number of years, so always has an opinion on the game! Tim also loves to take photographs and has a flair for graphic design and imagery. 

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Stewart Wingrove of KGAL
Stewart Wingrove
Technical Director

Stewart Wingrove

Technical Director

Stewart Wingrove of KGAL

CEng MIMechE

Stewart is toward the older end of the Company with nearly 50 years’ experience of gate related design under his belt. Previous employment includes Newton Chambers, Boving, Kvaerner and GE hydro all in a gate design related role.

In 2005, and due to the imminent closure of the GE Hydo Gate department in Doncaster, Stewart (then Chief Engineer) held discussions with the KGAL Directors. They were interested in the availability of GE gate design personnel and the possible setting up a northern office in Wakefield. This then allowed for the transfer of key GE gate design engineers and thereby increase KGAL's gate design skills.

Stewart has worked on many high profile worldwide gate projects including various hydro gates on Uri HEPP and Nathpa Jhakri HEPP in India, Sydney A Murray Power Station downstream control gates in the USA, Esti HEPP in Panama, Mubarak Pumping Station in Egypt, Changi Water Supply knife gate valves in Singapore, Oman Naval Basin floating dock gate, and the Hull and Barking Barriers in the UK.

 

By far the largest job on the KGAL books is Xayaburi Hydro Project in Lao. Stewart, as Technical Director, undertook the tender design and cost estimation, tender presentations and, on contract award, the design responsibility of all the gates to the satisfaction of the Government of Lao Engineer.

Talking about belts, Stewart likes the odd John Smiths, and tries to fit drinking it around his hectic work and family life. As all know, moderation is his watch word.

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Gustavo Alfonzo of KGAL
Gustavo Alfonzo
Senior Engineer

Gustavo Alfonzo

Senior Engineer

Gustavo Alfonzo of KGAL

Gustavo has 11 years of experience working exclusively in engineering for large scale hydroelectric projects in Venezuela. A significant part of his experience has been dedicated to Guri Dam project, the fourth largest power station worldwide. His responsibilities began from the early stages of the project, developing technical specifications and providing technical support during the bidding process to the review of detailed engineering for manufacturing and precedures on site.

The majority of his experience has been focused on hydraulic gates equipment, covering structural design and FE structural analysis. Gustavo also has experience in engineering for turbines, generators and cranes.

His last position in Venezuela was as Engineering Coordinator for Gates Equipment and its oil hydraulic drives for the Rehabilitation Project of Generation Units 1 to 6 in Guri Dam.

Having recruited a hydraulic steel structures expert from South America we sent him down the UK's deepest mine at our earliest opportunity (as a test of character).

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Mo Arshad of KGAL
Mo Arshad
Mechanical Engineer

Mo Arshad

Mechanical Engineer

Mo Arshad of KGAL

Mo graduated from Cardiff University in 2020 with a First in Mechanical Engineering. In 2019, he spent the summer with us as a Design Engineer Intern and he joined our team on a permanent basis in 2020. 

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Nick Crosby
Nick Crosby
Associate Director

Nick Crosby

Associate Director

Nick Crosby

FIMechE

Nick has been involved with everything hydro-mechanical since starting work in 1982, having gained a PhD doing fluid dynamic finite element calculations long before they became known as “CFD”. A former Chief Hydraulic Engineer with Boving and Kvaerner Boving and a former Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer with British Waterways, Nick brings senior level experience as both a contractor and employer to his role in consulting engineering allowing the perspectives of both to be brought into the discussion. In the 1990s he lived in Jakarta and ran the Kvaerner Boving sales and project management office that eventually covered much of South East Asia. Equally at home on project management as well as dealing with the technical side Nick deals with the larger KGAL projects, such as the Kariba Spillway Rehabilitation works.

Outside work, Nick loves all things to do with railways, enjoys gardening, walking, listening to opera and playing the cornet in a brass band.LinkedIn logo

 

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Julie Dore
Julie Dore
Financial Controller

Julie Dore

Financial Controller

Julie Dore

AAT

Julie joined KGAL in the summer of 2016 having worked previously in the finance departments of a range of commercial and industrial enterprises serving diverse markets: from medical equipment to industrial HVAC engineering to construction.

A change in circumstances led to a complete change in career and Julie stepped away from the calculator ... and kept walking: she became a ‘postie’ to enjoy the fitness benefits of a more healthy outdoor lifestyle and in meeting people.

Another change took her to Cornwall and an opportunity to return to the rigour of financial accounts; Julie joined a leading property development builder where the fiscal processes prepared her well for a move to KGAL when, after several years in the South West, she moved back to Hampshire.

With her feet firmly under the desk at KGAL Julie looks forward to coming to work each morning as much as she does to going home each evening where looking after her pony, garden and border terrier Coco helps maintain the work / life balance she so enjoys.

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Ken Grubb of KGAL
Ken Grubb
Consultant - Technical Director

Ken Grubb

Consultant - Technical Director

Ken Grubb of KGAL

Ken undertook a technical apprenticeship in a large Southampton base ship yard.

He is the founder of KGAL Consulting Engineers which he formed out of a partnership that was started in 1991. He did so after a successful career with a specialist design and build contractor making water control gates and turbines, where he was technical director and, latterly, managing director. Ken has always maintained that this contractor experience helped him to be a better consultant, since he understands the issues and pressures involved elsewhere in the construction team.

Since 1991, he has played a number of roles within KGAL. At first he was intimately involved in the design process; later he has acted as project manager and project director for ever-increasing value and complex projects.

Ken says “At heart I’m in love with engineering and I have found it deeply rewarding to be at the centre of the KGAL story and the amazing things we’ve done. It’s particularly satisfying to know that we’ve attracted such talent into the business and also seen people flourish as they found their feet and the proof of this is in the great feedback that we regularly get from our partners and customers”.

In April 2016 Ken, with his wife Sue as equal proprietors, sold the business to Whessoe Sdn. Bhd. He then stood down as Executive Chairman to become Consultant - Technical Director. LinkedIn logo

When not involved with KGAL Ken is a keen sailor, holding a Day Skipper’s qualification.

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Yue He of KGAL
Yue He
Engineer

Yue He

Engineer

Yue He of KGAL

MEng (1st Hons)  CEng  MIMechE

Yue is our mechanical engineer responsible for mechanical/structural design and dynamic analysis of M&E system. She grew up in China and moved to the UK to pursue MEng degree in mechanical engineering in University of Bristol. Yue gained an in-depth view in engineering after four years’ study, especially in the simulation and control of hydraulic/mechanical system and received 1st Hon degree in MEng.

Yue joined KGAL in 2012 as a graduate where she gained insight in the marina work, ports and hydro power industry. She developed significant skills in structural, mechanical and electrical design in gates and moveable bridges, from outline design to detailed design for construction.

In her spare time , Yue enjoys skiing, travelling, hiking, trainspotting, riding her motorbike and ice skating.

 

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Brent Imison
Brent Imisson
Associate Director

Brent Imisson

Associate Director

Brent Imison

Brent has got more than 30 years gate design experience having started work at Newton Chambers and going through the technicians apprentice programme before joining the design office originally has a draughtsman. He then worked his way up the ‘ladder’, gaining an HNC in mechanical engineering, before reaching his current position of Senior Design Engineer.

Brent has worked on numerous large hydro projects including Nathpa Jhakri, India, whilst working for Kvaerner Boving. The company was then taken over by General Electric for whom he worked on the Esti hydro power project, Panama. Brent designed wheel gates and stoplogs on this project and worked in a sub-contractor’s offices in Thailand supervising the production of detail drawings to his design.

Brent joined KGAL from GE in 2005 and worked on numerous Environment Agency projects including carrying out CDM Site Supervision of the Hull Tidal Barrier refurbishment. He is currently working on the Xayaburi Hydro Project, Laos where he has designed numerous gates and stoplogs.

When Brent is away from work he enjoys holidays in Tenerife with his wife and watching football both live and on TV.

 

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Paul Jones
Paul Jones
Associate Director

Paul Jones

Associate Director

Paul Jones

MIET

Paul is an accomplished Electrical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in industrial control system installations. Able to identify fundamental control issues and produce original conceptual and detailed design solutions Paul is proficient in the production of User Requirement Specifications, Functional Design Specifications, Performance Specifications, and Test documentation.

Paul is adept at carrying out SIL assessments and Hazardous Area Studies and has a working knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers and associated operator interfaces, with direct experience of specifying, programming and commissioning Programmable Logic Controllers.

Paul is also a skilled Project Manager, Site Manager and ECC Supervisor and is currently project managing a number of Flood Gate Control System design and build contracts at hydro-electric plants throughout the Scottish Highlands.

Outside the office Paul’s hobbies and interests include fly fishing, photography, playing guitar (badly), cooking, eating out and walking to offset the cooking and eating out!

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DawnLewer
Dawn Lewer
Accounts Assistant

Dawn Lewer

Accounts Assistant

DawnLewer

Dawn plays a pivotal role at KGAL in helping to ensure invoices are posted, bills get settled and staff get paid. She has always enjoyed the back office functions of leading businesses and prior to joining KGAL provided administrative and accounting support to Nationwide (following its acquisition of the Portman Building Society) at their iconic building in Bournemouth.

That acquisition eventually led to a redundancy and so Dawn attended various Sage courses to broaden her skills and capabilities before joining KGAL in 2013.

Her unique position gives her the most topical insight into the business and so knows better than most the degree to which KGAL is growing. “It’s great working for such a dynamic business” says Dawn, “I’ve no knowledge of engineering but I certainly get to understand which kind of work brings the most satisfaction to our teams …. and to our bank manager.”

When away from KGAL Dawn enjoys the company of her young lad Alex, a dog called Charlie and her husband Phil. Once a week her downtime is spent in the pub; Dawn is a leading member of the local women’s darts team chasing a higher league position.

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Andy McGhee of KGAL
Andy McGhee
Associate Director

Andy McGhee

Associate Director

Andy McGhee of KGAL

BSc MSc CEng MIMechE

Andy is an Associate within KGAL and joined in March 2013 from a brief spell in the Danish and UK wind turbine industry. He brings to KGAL specific knowledge of manufacturing and maintenance and for five years was responsible for the maintenance of container cranes at Southampton Container Terminals. He has a broad-based engineering resume incorporating experience in quarries, railways and the aircraft industries and has worked both for and with prestigious companies such as Michelin-France and Dunlop aircraft tyres, Goodrich in the USA, and Vickers, the MOD, Aldermaston and Network Rail in the UK.

Andy is a time served tool room apprentice from the machine tool industry in Coventry and as a consequence is a Free Man of the City of Coventry. He subsequently returned to University in 1989 to study for an MSc in ‘Computers in Engineering and Finite Element Analysis’.

In his spare time Andy enjoys sailing in the Solent and crossed the Atlantic in the 2009 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. He is a part-time sailing instructor and lives with his wife, children and horses in the New Forest.

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Jacqui O'Donnell of KGAL
Jacqui O'Donnell
Compliance Manager

Jacqui O'Donnell

Compliance Manager

Jacqui O'Donnell of KGAL

With previous experience within the banking sector as a ‘Regional Trainer’ Jacqui joined the KGAL team in October 2007. Jacqui brings with her a wealth of administrative and process skills that have proven to be of significant benefit in the operations of our business.

As the Compliance Manager for KGAL the aim is to ensure that the Company provides a consistent service that meets both external and internal requirements in the UK and overseas.

Jacqui is a constant source of information and frequently liaises with managers and staff throughout KGAL to ensure that the Management System is functioning properly; advice on changes and their implementation, provide training, tools and techniques to enable others to achieve compliance.

The work includes:

Devising and establishing KGAL's SHEQ procedures, standards and specifications

Working with the purchasing department to establish quality requirements from external suppliers

Defining the compliance procedures

Setting up and maintaining controls and documentation procedures

Monitoring performance by gathering relevant data and producing statistical reports

Outside work Jacqui enjoys spending time with her family and gardening. LinkedIn logo

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Rob Pitt of KGAL
Rob Pitt
Associate Director

Rob Pitt

Associate Director

Rob Pitt of KGAL

Rob brings 33 years' experience as a mechanical design engineer and project engineer within several heavy engineering industries, including metals processing and marine/water related projects His focus since joining KGAL has been on water control projects and the design of various types of gate/barrage installations together with condition assessments and condition reports for numerous installations.

Previous projects include Rob being appointed project manager on a prestigious project for BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd for the outline design of a new c300t flap gate for a dry dock in their Scotstoun facility. He also successfully managed the engineering and design of a pair of 60m span floating sector gates complete with articulating winch system, de-ballasting pump system and trim adjustment pump system for K-water, the water utility company in South Korea.

Rob has been heavily involved with various projects for the Environment Agency for flood defence structures, river level management and drainage schemes. In more recent times he has been appointed KGAL project manager for aspects of the Thames Estuary Asset Management (TEAM2100) scheme with responsibilities initially on both the Thames BarrierLinkedIn logo and Barking Barrier together with surveying of the non-barrier active assets in the Thames flood defences.

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Darryl Rasdell
Darryl Rasdell
Engineer

Darryl Rasdell

Engineer

Darryl Rasdell

Darryl is an engineer who has come from a water industry background having spent 15 years in the industry. In that time he has worked on projects in the UK and Europe. Darryl has been able to build on his experience to become skilled in design and engineering, surveying, supervision, planning and project management.

Prior to joining KGAL Darryl worked on the Cotswold Canal Restoration Project for Stroud District Council as a Project Officer (which was the only title they could find that covered the multi-faceted roles he undertook). This included planning and development, survey works, CAD and modelling, cost and procurement, gas and water monitoring, surveying and supervision to name but a few.

In 2015 Darryl joined KGAL as an engineer working on various projects including Team 2100, Lodgemore Lane Lifting Bridge, Poole’s Wharf Swing Bridge and Principal Designer for Stroud District Council.

Darryl enjoys his martial arts and is currently training for his black belt in Qi Shi Shaolin Kung Fu. He is also a keen runner and cyclist when his two children give him time off for good behaviour.