Simon James joined GSP as senior operations manager of the offshore construction department. He started working in 1982 as a merchant seaman at BP Shipping, advancing to offshore diving superintendent and diving projects coordinator positions. He has held engineering and management positions with Subsea 7 UK, CNR UK, Total E&P, and most recently served as vice president of assets and operations at Iremis. Specializing in mechanical engineering, he holds an MSc degree in project management/engineering and a master of laws degree in oil and gas from the University of Aberdeen. He also holds certifications in petroleum processing technology, pipeline engineering, and integrity management.