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Adam Wilson
Mechanical Engineer

Adam Wilson

Mechanical Engineer

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BSc (Hons)

Adam joined KGAL in late 2017 having previously spent time as both an in-house mechanical design engineer with an engineering solutions company and on-site contractor at a number of sites across the south of the UK. The experience he brings is diverse, ranging from the design of GRP de-moulding tools and mould frames for Sunseeker International, to the design of subsea welding and breathing apparatus. Adam had previously spent a short time at KGAL as an engineer on contract and when the opportunity arose to become a permanent member of the team, he jumped at the chance.

Adam has a passion for music, gaming and films and also spends time in the garage working on revamping his AC Cobra kit car, which is fast becoming a labour of love.

 

 

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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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Andy Stevens
Andy Stevens
Business Development Manager

Andy Stevens

Business Development Manager

Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens is our Business Development Manager. Andy worked with the Ham Baker Adams group of companies for 24 years in an International Development role, most recently working on hydro and water related projects in Nigeria, Iraq and South East Asia.

Andy lives in Warrington, Cheshire with his wife Leola, and three children: Antonia, Harley, and Evana.

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Angela Robotham of KGAL
Angela Robotham
Associate Director

Angela Robotham

Associate Director

Angela Robotham of KGAL

BSc(Hons)  CEng  FIMechE

Angela is our Associate responsible for the operation of the Gloucester office. She has been in the engineering industry for 43years and a professionally qualified Mechanical Engineer for 35 years. She began her career at Markham and Company Ltd in heavy engineering and has continue in that field for her entire career. Her career has spanned most branches of engineering including hydropower plant manufacture, tunnelling machine design, moving bridge design, high speed newspaper printing machinery and tidal stream turbines.

Angela can claim to have a number of notable and recognised achievements in her long career in engineering. The most notable perhaps is the achievement of leading the engineering team to design, manufacture, install and commission the world first commercial scale tidal turbine in Northern Ireland. Today she is recognised on one of the country’s leading authorities on moving bridge design.

She brought her skills and expertise to KGAL in 2012 where, she says, “KGAL’s sphere of activities and services plus its willingness to pursue new branches of engineering has brought her back to he first love engineering; moving bridges and hydropower".

In her spare time Angela has a passion for sailing and flying. She has a commercial pilot's licence and worked as a flying instructor for a number of years. Angela has a narrow boat which enables her to tour the inland waterways and enjoy looking at lock gates and moving bridges. Recently Angela learnt to sail and now has a 38ft cruising yacht.

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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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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 in the Gloucester office 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.

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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 Regional Managing Director, responsible for full P&L for Wakefield and Hydro Projects work. 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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Dave Legg
Dave Legg
Mechanical Engineer

Dave Legg

Mechanical Engineer

Dave Legg

Dave is a mechanical design engineer who has come from a rolling mill background having spent over 20 years in the industry. In that time he worked on projects in Europe, America, South Africa and Asia.

In 2013 Dave wanted a new challenge and joined a design/draught company where he worked on Rolls Royce projects which included a transportation container for the 02 module of the XWB aero engine.

In summer of 2014 he was given the opportunity to come and work at KGAL as a sub-contractor, designing the Johore Barrage vertical lift gate … he enjoyed his time so much, he became a full time employee in April 2015!

Dave enjoys his cycling, and in 2010 cycled from London to Paris in aid of the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation (JDRF) in which he and his other eight team members raised over £11,000 for the charity.LinkedIn logo

Dave is married and has two teenage daughters who keep him on his toes!

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Dave Cave of KGAL
David Cave
Senior Hydraulic Engineer

David Cave

Senior Hydraulic Engineer

Dave Cave of KGAL

David is our senior hydraulic engineer responsible for overseeing KGAL’s hydraulic projects in this country and abroad. His experiences in the field of hydraulic engineering has been successfully proven at all levels: from initial design concepts through to project completion and hand-over. He has been a key member of several project teams working on medium to large projects in a variety of industries which have included marine, steel, construction and chemical.

David has project managed several large-scale hydraulic projects. These have included major refurbishment work and new build constructions contracts worth between £1m and £3bn in value.

He brought his hydraulic expertise to KGAL in early 2014 and provided a fundamental service to our in-house mechanical and electrical departments and KGAL’s ever increasing UK and global client database. 

A keen mountain biker and walker, with a sports diver’s qualification he is more than capable when pushed or under pressure to complete the job-in-hand, which he always does in a safe and professional manner.

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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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Eric Grant of KGAL
Eric Grant
Engineer

Eric Grant

Engineer

Eric Grant of KGAL

MIET

Eric is an electrical engineer who previously worked with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) for 25 years before joining KGAL in January 2015. His most recent position with SSE was as Project Manager on the Dounreay to Beauly 275kV transmission line upgrade and prior to that he was SSE’s representative on site overseeing the grid connection and installation of generation plant and equipment at the Glendoe 100MW hydroelectric scheme near Inverness. Throughout his career, he has worked on a diverse range of projects including distribution network construction and hydro scheme upgrades.

To relax, Eric likes to spend time outdoors hill walking and canoeing at home and overseas. He is also carries out voluntary nature conservation work for various environmental charities.

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George Stacey
George Stacey
Graduate Engineer

George Stacey

Graduate Engineer

George Stacey

MEng EngTech MIMechE

George joined KGAL in early 2017 as a graduate with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Portsmouth.

With an interest in railways, George spent four years working at Southern Locomotives, including an industrial placement year as part of his degree. This work involved learning valuable practical skills on the shop floor by participating in the overhaul of one of the company’s steam locomotives, ‘257 Squadron’. George hopes to maintain close ties with Southern Locomotives, occasionally returning as an active volunteer to keep his enthusiasm on track.

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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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Jasper Taylor of KGAL
Jasper Taylor
Senior Engineer

Jasper Taylor

Senior Engineer

Jasper Taylor of KGAL

BEng  CEng  MIMechE

Jasper is a Project Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer at KGAL with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) and Chartered Engineer status. He has been at KGAL since Aug 2007 prior to which he worked in the oil and gas industry as a Contracts Engineer at Heatric, and as a boat builder of luxury super yachts at Sunseeker International.

Since at KGAL, Jasper has worked on a vast array of jobs such as (in England) the design of a lifeboat tipping cradle for the RNLI and mitre gates and lock design in Bristol; Al Khiran (Kuwait) tidal gates design; lock and gate design in Malaysia (Emerald Bay), and variety of Scottish Power/ Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and UK Environment Agency (EA) projects.

Jasper has always lived close to the sea and his love of water and the great outdoors has led him to a variety of water based activities, that land him on, besides or below the water. A keen DIY and car enthusiast with a passion to fix & build things, Jasper likes to keep busy, especially with the ongoing restoration of a classic VW Beetle. With new twin daughters, however, progress on the Beetle might have to be delayed.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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Malcolm Hewling of KGAL
Malcolm Hewling
Consultant - Technical Director

Malcolm Hewling

Consultant - Technical Director

Malcolm Hewling of KGAL

Malcolm brings 45 years’ experience as a structural and mechanical design engineer within the water control industry.  His focus has been on water control projects and the design of various types of gate/barrage installations together with condition assessments and costed refurbishment reports for numerous hydro-electric installations throughout the world.

Recent projects include the Xayaburi hydroelectric project in Laos where Malcolm designed the large low level outlet and spillway radial gates together with many other types and sizes of wheel gates, slide gates and stoplogs for the project.

On the Nakdong and Han River rising sector gates project in South Korea Malcolm was appointed project manager working closely with the client, Hyundai, on the design of the gates and attending meetings with client in Seoul, at the two construction sites, and during manufacturing at workshops in Gwangyang City and Busan.

Malcolm was seconded to Black & Veatch in Ho Chi Minh City as gate specialist to review local consultants design for the Phuoc Hoa irrigation scheme. Two visits were undertaken reviewing radial gates, wheel gates, stoplog and screen designs and providing a detailed report on proposal drawings and associated calculations. Malcolm worked closely with Black & Veatch Engineers and local Vietnamese Engineers in developing the scheme.LinkedIn logo

When not walking their two dogs or tending their large garden Malcolm likes to annoy his wife by playing a multitude of stringed instruments “badly”.

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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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Nic Cudsi of KGAL
Nicolas Cudsi
Senior Electrical Engineer

Nicolas Cudsi

Senior Electrical Engineer

Nic Cudsi of KGAL

IMIET

Nicolas stated his career at GEC: inspecting and testing synchronous motors and generators. He carried out field commissioning of generators and controls when they were assembled with their respective diesel engines or gas turbines. Later he progressed to coordinating complete power generation and controls systems, mainly for North Sea oil rig owners.

Moving to Saudi Arabia he managed projects from design specification to the installation and commissioning of low and high voltage diesel engine power stations ­ including switchgear PLC and SCADA systems ­ for residential developments, hospitals and infrastructure. He also worked on the design, implementation and testing of a copper and fibre optic cable telecoms network for a large airbase.

Since joining KGAL, Nicolas has coordinated the electrical engineering of projects where he designed and specified low voltage power and control systems for various flood defence systems, hydroelectric power station gates and moving structures. These projects included the design of the mains and standby power, the distribution, cabling, PLC controls of hydraulic and electrical drive systems, handheld radio remote control systems and the telemetry for remoteLinkedIn logo
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