James has been working in the Oil and Gas industry for 18 years and lives with his family in Singapore
Where do you live and how long have you lived there?
I’ve been living in Singapore since 2009 with my wife, Victoria, during which time we have had two daughters, Winnie and Penelope.
What is your occupation and how did you get into it?
I have worked as an Offshore Surveyor in the Oil and Gas Industry for the last 18 years, supporting seabed mapping and subsea construction projects in some nice and not so nice places around the world. Having worked offshore, I am now more office based these days working for Subsea Contractor called Neptune supplying Survey, ROV, Diving & Engineering Services.
In a roundabout way, I got into the industry when working at Berthon Marina Lymington as a Junior Dockmaster. As well as berthing yachts of the rich and famous, such as Alan Titchmarsh, I used to see the odd yellow coastal survey boat. You know the ones with “survey” written down the side big, black bold letters. This was far more interesting. I used to refuel these boats and have a little nosey at the strange torpedo shaped things on the back deck. I guess that sparked my interest and gave me guidance for my choice of University studies and then onwards to the industry.
What did you learn at school that has helped you in life?
Respect, discipline and tolerance; all useful when working overseas with people from all different cultures and backgrounds.
Please share a favourite memory of your school days.
The smell of cut grass wafting through the classrooms in the Summer Term, signalling that the afternoon playing cricket wasn’t too far away!