The team

The Safinah team comprises experts who have many years of experience in their fields and who work together to help deliver the services that you require for your coating needs.

Our professional approach and detailed understanding of the industry have earned us a worldwide reputation for creating and delivering innovative and effective solutions to minimise your risks and reduce your costs.

Dr Raouf Kattan
Director

Dr Raouf Kattan

Dr Kattan has a background in academia, seafaring, shipping, shipbuilding and naval architecture and has a specialist knowledge of coatings.

He has worked with many leading shipbuilders and shipowners (commercial and naval) on coating issues from design to production with a focus on improving productivity in coating processes.

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Sandy Kirkwood
Business Development Director

Sandy Kirkwood

Mr Kirkwood is a coating consultant who has been on the board of one of the world’s leading heavy duty resin manufacturers with global responsibility for its photocure business based on UV technology.

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Rachel Coundon
Company Secretary

Rachel Coundon

Rachel sits on the Board of Safinah and manages all corporate affairs. With a background in Modern Languages and technology management in the airline industry, Rachel oversees all technical translation work for Safinah.

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Alan Guy
Director of Technology

Alan Guy

Alan Guy is a paint chemist and coating consultant with a background in industrial and polymer chemistry who has worked at the most senior level in the world’s largest heavy duty paint company. As Worldwide Technical Manager for yacht coatings he visited and worked in a variety of yacht building and repair yards around Europe and USA.

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Paul Westcott
Director

Paul Westcott

Paul Westcott is a highly experienced Sales, Commercial and Operations Director with extensive business experience over 25 years in the marine, protective and powder coating markets.

His work has covered sales and marketing, manufacturing, technology and research and development in international markets including Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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Alan Walker
Market Sector Manager: Marine

Alan Walker

Alan Walker joined the coating industry as a graduate chemist working in research and development.  Since then he has had extensive experience in the marine and protective coatings industry in technical, commercial and managerial roles working in the UK, Middle East and Far East.  Prior to joining Safinah Alan was the EMEA Marine Director for one of the world's largest coatings companies.

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Charles Atkinson
Consultant

Charles Atkinson

Charles Atkinson is a coating consultant who has extensive experience of planning and executing coating systems for new build projects, such as multi-roll offshore supply vessels, FPSO, fast offshore patrol vessels (military type) and mega yachts.

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Dr Clare Till
Consultant

Dr Clare Till

Dr Till is a coating consultant with over 20 years experience working as an Analyst for a leading international paint company and has expertise in many different analytical techniques, particularly surface analysis, as applied to paint.

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Bruno Ravel
Consultant

Bruno Ravel

Bruno Ravel is a paint chemist and a coating consultant with a background in industrial and polymer chemistry.  He has worked in the world's largest heavy duty paint company and his expertise has enabled him to develop and launch new intumescent products successfully into the market.

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Dr Neil Nicolson
Market Sector Manager: Yacht

Dr Neil Nicolson

Dr Nicolson is a vastly experienced chemist and R&D manager with over 18 years experience in the chemical industry, working for one of the world's largest suppliers of marine and heavy duty coatings.

As Section Manager for Global Yacht Finishes, he has a proven track record in delivering new products and technologies to market and as Technical Manager for Business Support has experience of yacht coatings in all sectors.

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Doug Gilbert
Associate Consultant

Doug Gilbert

Doug Gilbert has over 30 years of experience in the marine and protective coatings industry.  As Technical Training Manager for one of the largest suppliers of marine and heavy duty coatings, he wrote technical service training programmes which are used worldwide.  He has written in-house standards on surface preparation techniques which were adopted by NACE and SSPC and form the basis of current ISO standards.

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John Smith
Consultant

John Smith

John Smith has spent over 30 years in the marine and protective coatings industry working for one of the world’s largest suppliers of marine and heavy duty coatings.

For the last 20 years he has worked in Korea as the Technical Operations Director for the major marine coating supplier in Korea. He has worked with all the major shipyards and has supported those ship owners having vessels built there.

As a result he fully understands the needs of modern shipyards and how coatings impact on their performance and output. Part of his role was also to take the lead in the investigation of any failure of coatings on client vessels/facilities.

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Dr Roger Vaughan
Chairman

Dr Roger Vaughan

Dr Vaughan has had a distinguished career in shipbuilding and related industries as Chairman of Swan Hunter Ltd, Chairman A&P Appledore Int. Ltd, Technical Director British Shipbuilders, as well as being Professor at Newcastle University Business School. Dr Vaughan has been instrumental in guiding the development and growth of Safinah Ltd from its inception.

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John Stubbs
Finance Director

John Stubbs

John is a chartered accountant with many years of experience in the profession advising companies, both large and small. He was managing partner of the Leeds office of BDO Binder Hamlyn and a senior partner in Arthur Andersen.

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Prof. Tor E. Svensen
Director

Prof. Tor E. Svensen

Tor E. Svensen is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Strathclyde and he is also an independent advisor in the maritime industry.  Prior to this he was, until 2016, Group Executive Vice President of DNV GL and CEO of DNV GL Maritime, the world's largest classification society.  In this role, he was responsible for merging these two large classification societies and establishing the framework for a new strategy, new rules and a new global organisation with 5000 staff and a turnover of over 1 billion Euros.

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Maria Prodromou
Doctoral Research Associate

Maria Prodromou

Maria is currently studying for her PhD and is a research associate working with Safinah, Newcastle University and leading industrial partners on "Mega Yacht Filler Cracking".

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Isbelis Lopez
Doctoral Research Associate

Isbelis Lopez

Isbelis is currently studying for her PhD and is a research associate working with Safinah, Northumbria University and leading industrial partners on "The Mechanical Characterisation of Coatings on Offshore Windfarm Transition Pieces".

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Emmanuel Oriaifo
Doctoral Research Associate

  • Expertise
    Embrittlement in Marine Coatings
  • Qualifications
    BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, MSc Offshore Engineering
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Emmanuel Oriaifo

Emmanuel is currently studying for his PhD and is a research associate acting between Safinah, Northumbria University and a consortium of leading industrial companies.

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Alan Pratt
Consultant

Alan Pratt

Alan Pratt is a Paint Chemist by training and for the last 20 years has worked in China for one of the world’s largest suppliers of marine and heavy duty coatings.

As Director of Technical Operations in China, Alan set up and established a technical operations department to support the growth of the Chinese shipbuilding, ship repair and ship owning sectors.

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Dr Stephen Brooke
Quality Systems Associate

Dr Stephen Brooke

Dr Brooke has a wide experience in a broad range of engineering disciplines and their associated supply chains. This comes from 30 years experience in senior operational, technical and board roles in marine, rail and defence sectors.

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Talk to one of our experts today to discuss your needs or make an enquiry

Call us on +44 1670 519 900    Email us at enquiries@safinah.co.uk