Meet the Team

The Safinah Group team comprises experts who have many years’ experience in their respective fields. Our specialist consultants pride themselves in providing a comprehensive service that delivers real results.

Our professional approach combined with a detailed understanding of the coatings industry have earned us a worldwide reputation for creating and delivering innovative and effective solutions that minimise your risk and reduce your costs.

Charles Atkinson, Consultant (Yacht Team, Insurance Team)

Charles Atkinson

Senior Consultant

Carl Barnes

GM Marine Consulting / Senior Consultant

Mick Bonham

Mick Bonham


Iain Braidwood

Dr Iain Braidwood


Dr Stephen Brooke, Quality Systems Associate (Safinah Team)

Dr Stephen Brooke


Ian Buckham


Rachel Coundon, Company Secretary (Safinah Team)

Rachel Coundon

Company Secretary

David C Dobson

Head of Professional Technical and Engineering Services / Senior Consultant

Joanne Elliott, Finance Manager (Safinah Team)

Joanne Elliott

Finance Manager

Paul Fisher, Associate

Paul Fisher


Doug Gilbert, Associate Consultant (Marine Team, Protective Team, Insurance Team)

Doug Gilbert


Alan Guy, Director of Technology (Coatings Technology Team, Marine Team, Protective Team, Yacht Team, Insurance Team)

Alan Guy

Director of Technology / Senior Consultant

Keith W Hutchinson

Keith W Hutchinson

Senior Consultant

Dr Raouf Kattan, Director (Coatings Technology Team, Marine Team, Insurance Team)

Dr Raouf Kattan

Principal Consultant

Sandy Kirkwood, Business Development Director (Coatings Technology Team, Marine Team, Protective Team, Yacht Team, Insurance Team)

Sandy Kirkwood

Business Development Director / Senior Consultant

Chang Li Associate

Chang Li

Associate (Doctoral Research Associate)

Ralitsa Mihaylova, Post Doctoral Intern (Marine Team)

Dr Ralitsa Mihaylova

Head of Special Projects / Consultant

Dr Neil Nicolson, Market Sector Manager: Yacht (Yacht Team, Insurance Team)

Dr Neil Nicolson

Head of Yacht / Senior Consultant

Bruno Ravel, Consultant (Coatings Technology Team, Insurance Team)

Bruno Ravel

Head of Chemical and Disruptive Technologies / Senior Consultant

Joe Stoker Associate

Joe Stoker


Dr Clare Till, Consultant (Protective Team, Insurance Team)

Dr Clare Till

Senior Consultant

Roel van Veen

Roel van Veen


Alan Walker, Market Sector Manager: Marine (Marine Team, Insurance Team)

Alan Walker

Business Development Director / Senior Consultant

Talk to one of our coatings or engineering experts today on +44 1670 519 900 or email the team at