Hugh Williams became IMCA Chief Executive in April 2002. He is a chartered civil engineer and started his career in dock and harbour design and site supervision, including training as a commercial diver, before moving to offshore consultants Noble Denton. Here he specialised in marine operations, including towage and installation of offshore platforms, and especially heavy lift crane operations.
This project and engineering experience was a vital springboard to his next role, as the business development manager for Heerema Marine Contractors' UK office. Before starting at IMCA he had another spell in marine consultancy with Global Maritime.
As the chief executive, Hugh works closely with IMCA Council, comprising senior representatives of International Contractor (ICO) members. He leads on commercial/contracting-related issues and ensures compliance with the association's competition law policy, which is crucial to advancing IMCA's work and members' collective interests within the confines of the extensive regulations applied to trade association activities.