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The Team

"The ARC Marine team is the key to driving our success forward, and why we are all here today."

Our team has a huge range of skills and we are made up of commercial divers, fisherman, scientists, engineers and business personnel.  We don't just talk about it; we are actively engaging in making as big a difference to the future of our planet - even having to take matters to parliament if we feel something is drastically wrong with the way things are currently handled.

If we are really going to make a change, it's absolutely crucial that our team is composed of strong, like-minded, driven people.



Sam Hickling MSc


Sam holds an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Reading.  His role involves keeping ARC Marine at the forefront of relevant technology by reading, contextualising and assimilating cutting edge research, summarising the updates to senior management and using this knowledge to drive internal change in operating practices, research focus and product design.  Sam’s responsibility extends to completing new research to help ARC Marine's science team continually innovate, collaborate with thought leaders and develop best in class products and new IP.  Sam champions our eco-system and biodiversity impact measurement initiative so that we can report accurately our SDG-14 impact results achieved.


James Murphy BSc (Hons)

Marine Scientist

James has a BSc with Honours in Environmental Science and specialised in Marine Conservation at the University of Plymouth.  James is our test facility manager at Brixham Environmental Laboratory and is responsible for all of our field survey work, shellfish toxicology testing and reef monitoring programs.  James is a pivotal member of the ARC Marine team and oversees all the day-to-day operations at our test facility whilst being active in the manufacturing and streamlining processes. James is also a certified professional HSE diver.

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Lynn Cordiner MA NEBOSH

I-HSEQA Manager

Lynn is a Masters degree and NEBOSH qualified HSEQA professional with over ten experience in the setting up, administration and auditing of company procedures for ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards gained within the rigorous environment of the oil and gas industry.  Lynn also has valuable root cause analysis experience using TapRoot and has been involved in the auditing of suppliers.  Within ARC Marine, Lynn has full responsibility for helping us establish lean workflows and an audit programme that fully meets ISO9001, 14001 and 45001 standards, for which we will seek accreditation for in 2020.   Lynn is also tasked with helping us document and audit how we measure and report for each project and overall as a company our IRIS+ impact against the ten stated SDG-14 goals.



Tom Birbeck


Tom has experience in commercial diving, aquaculture, and sustainable fishing.  He co-founded ARC Marine after extensive research into man-made reefs which led to the prototyping and subsequent invention of Reef Cubes® technology.  Tom successfully led the company through a seed round of investment and the R&D phase of Reef Cubes®, whilst establishing ARC Marine into the “Deep Tech” sector in which it gains momentum.  His vision is for ARC Marine to pioneer the unrealised opportunity to convert every offshore construction project into a thriving marine ecosystem that can be designated for either marine conservation, habitat restoration, sustainable fishing & restocking programs and most importantly, scientific monitoring & proactive management for long term sustainable oceans.


James Doddrell


As co-founder of ARC Marine Ltd, James has spent the last 5 years designing and developing suitable structures to replenish rocky reef habitats around the world.  He is co-inventor/co-developer of their patented Reef Cubes® product.  Reef Cubes® are a low carbon, marine friendly composite structure that caters for marine organisms of all types and stages though their lifecycles.  James ensures ARC’s products are designed with nature in mind as all global enterprises should. He has developed a great range of practical hands-on experience in construction, design, entrepreneurship and invention. His life-long ambition is to leave a positive impact on the world and help build a better future for all.  He is passionate about diving and life under the water.


Steve Wright  BSc (Hons) CEng


Steve joined the ARC Marine team to follow his life-long passion to help the oceans after a successful international career in the oil and gas industry.  He is an experienced company director, chartered engineer and entrepreneur having co-founded and exited several multi-million pound businesses in the oil and gas sector.  Steve built up a group of diverse companies, employed over 120 people, established a global blue-chip client base (BP, Shell, ExxonMobil etc) and exited via cash only trade sales to FTSE100 and TSX listed companies.  He has previously championed operational excellence, investors in people, and achievement of multiple accreditations e.g. ISO9001. He has been diving for over 30 years and is a PADI rescue diver.  Steve has focused on the development of a solid business plan, completion of the Katapult Ocean programme and the initial commercial proposals.

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Colin Black MSc

Non-Executive Director

In a career spanning over 37 years in Oil, Gas & Energy, Colin is the co-inventor/of several patents and software systems as well as helping companies develop their own Intellectual Property, Operations & Competency systems. He has developed numerous technology companies and became Vice President of OPTIMA, A TETRA Company. With an extensive global network, he became a GlobalScot ( in 2018. A “Distinguished Member” of The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Board Member of SPE Aberdeen, Colin is also a Contractor Advisory Council member of Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), ETF Task Force Steering group member of OGUK, committee member of Energy Institute and member of The Chartered Management Institute, Society for Underwater Technology and chairs the NASA in Aberdeen “Inspiring the Next Generation” project. Colin has focussed on raising ARC Marine’s profile within oil and gas operators and raising awareness of the avoidable decommissioning costs from deploying “marine litter” as subsea asset protection.

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Julian Chenoweth

Manufacturing & Logistics

Julian has an extremely varied business portfolio and business experiences over many years. He started his working career as a Royal Marine Commando which set him up to face the challenges of life and business. Julian has started and grown several companies from startup to multi-million pound business's and has learnt a huge amount about business on all levels. His main expertise are in logistics, manufacturing, transport, plant & machinery and waste management.


Russell Toghill


Russell was the first angel investor into ARC Marine and saw the vision of the two founders and gave them the “seed” investment to explore the technology and market further to develop the foundation of its IP.  A serial entrepreneur ,with a passion and expertise in ferrous and non-ferrous recycling he is keen for the offshore construction industry to leave a positive impact on the marine environment by ensuring all structures that are decommissioned are recycled or repurposed responsibly.


We are always looking for like-minded people to join our cause, please contact us with your CV if you would like to join the revolution!

Please note: the ability to dive (or learn to dive) is essential!

Through Dedication

And Innovation