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Our eight directors are all Optimus veterans, who are committed to our foundation ethos of being an independent company that is small and nimble enough to react quickly to our customers requirements.

Ian Bell
Ian Bell - Optimus Founding Director
Ian founded Optimus with a team of just three engineers in 2000 and has since grown it into a multi-discipline operation. Working for both contractors and operators during a varied career has given Ian Bell knowledge of projects from both client and contractor perspective. During his career he has worked as a process engineer on topside detail design, operating platform modifications, and as a facilities engineer on the evaluation of overall field development options.
Alasdair Reid
Alasdair Reid - Optimus Director
Alasdair has spent 35 years working in the North Sea Oil and Gas industry, primarily in senior technical positions with Oil and Gas Operators where he has been involved in all aspects of process engineering from concept through projects to operation. In recent years he has supported operating companies in field development, brownfield projects and process technical authority roles.
Karl Green
Karl Green - Optimus Director
Karl has over 13 years experience within the oil and gas industry working with major operators and contractors, with extensive experience in developing and managing multi discipline projects in the UK and overseas including developing quality management systems, contracts and proposals, and undertaking modifications.
Alan Smith
Alan Smith - Technical Director
Alan joined Optimus in 2010 as principal structural engineer and has since grown the team to 15-strong. He has more than 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry working with both operators and design contractors in all aspects of structural topsides analysis, design, modification and construction. He leads the structural and decommissioning divisions of the company.
Gordon Lamont
Gordon Lamont - Technical Director
Gordon is an engineering / project manager with more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas sector and an additional five years experience the power generation sector. He has worked in several roles since he joined Optimus in 2008, most recently engineering manager and projects team lead. He oversees the facilities and process engineering departments.
Linda Strachan
Linda Strachan - Finance Director
Linda joined Optimus in January 2012 as finance manager and now steps up to become the company’s finance director. Linda has over 20 years experience in accounting within public practice and actively managed a portfolio of owner managed businesses which involved becoming their key financial advisor. Linda’s move to Optimus facilitated the move of the accounting function in-house and the development of strong financial information/processes as well as strengthening the management team with her all round accounting/finance knowledge.
Graeme MacDonald
Graeme MacDonald - Commercial Manager
Graeme joined Optimus in 2008 as Commercial Manager with substantial experience in the oil & gas sector, successful track record in delivering and managing high value complex commercial and contractual relationships from strategy development through to tendering, award, contract execution and post-contract management.
Chris West
Chris West - Compliance Director
Chris a Director of Optimus having 13 years’ experience in the Oil and gas industry initially in software development for Hydrocarbon Allocation Systems. For the last 8 years Chris has led multidiscipline projects with Optimus and on assignment to a Major Operator. Chris was also responsible for the Development of Optimus Integrated Project Management software (OPT).