Subsea technology

Reid returns to J+S Subsea as managing director

Global subsea controls company J+S Subsea, has appointed Phil Reid as its first managing director and broadened its leadership team with industry stalwart Doug Sedge joining its board as a non-executive director. 

The Aberdeen-based firm was launched last month following a management buyout from technology group Cohort.

J+S Subsea designs, engineers and manufactures new and recertified equipment for the energy sector and provides operational support where required.  

Mr Reid has worked in the oil and gas sector for more than 25 years. He was part of the original J+S Subsea company 10 years ago, when he held the role of senior account manager.

Over the last decade, he has delivered capital projects from concept to completion as lead subsea controls and umbilical engineer for Spirit Energy, while also overseeing the running of the operator’s subsea assets.


He worked for Kvaerner FSSL for 14 years in a variety of subsea engineering, and manufacturing roles, leading on complex global projects.  

Mr Sedge has been involved in the oil and gas sector for 45 years. Most notably, he was region VP at Weatherford (Europe, West Africa and FSU) from 1999 to 2005; CEO at RGB Group from 2005 to 2008, and chief executive at Sparrows Group for five years until 2014. Mr Sedge also holds three non-exec positions with SME energy firms. 

Executive chairman Matt Blair, said: “We are very excited to welcome Phil back into the fold. He brings invaluable global subsea industry experience from both contractor and oil company perspectives.

“I am also very pleased to announce that Doug Sedge has accepted a position as non-executive director on the board. Doug is a very well-known and respected figure in the oilfield business community.”

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