Inward investor CWind appoints new ‘helmsman’

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Apr 2018

MARK Preece has been appointed as managing director of CWind, the offshore renewables business about to build a new base in Grimsby.

The appointment has been made by Global Marine Group, the parent company and a market leader in offshore engineering services to the telecommunications, renewables and oil and gas industries.

Mr Preece, who has extensive experience in the offshore and maritime sectors, joined CWind on an interim basis late in 2017, following the departure of Lee Andrews.

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He has built a solid reputation for delivering complex, high value projects, having formerly served as executive vice chairman at PDi Ltd, chief executive of Ceona Offshore and Reef Subsea.

He said: “CWind’s journey to date has been impressive. 

“Since 2009 they have grown at a phenomenal rate, and are recognised by many as a key partner to successfully deliver innovative operations and maintenance solutions in the offshore renewables market. I am delighted to play a part in the next step of their journey.”

“Mark is a high calibre individual with a strong record of achievement.”

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Headquartered in Chelmsford, CWind announced last month it had signed a deal with Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises for a plot on the North Wall, complete with pontoon facilities for berthing vessels. It currently relies on client facilities with a temporary office on the port. 

Ian Douglas, chief executive of Global Marine Group, said: “Mark’s operational, commercial and business development experience will be invaluable to us and will strengthen the CWind leadership hugely as we align ourselves to meet future industry requirements.”

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