The Optimus Way

Delivering
Together.

We are all about practical delivery. Our expert engineering solutions are always tailored, pragmatic, credible and fit for purpose. That is the Optimus way.

Optimus is an independent, integrated, multi-discipline engineering design, project delivery and consultancy organisation. Founded in 1999, the business began as a consultancy with a headcount of just four. In the intervening years, Optimus has grown into a highly respected international engineering consultancy with almost 100 employees working for clients worldwide.

We are proud of our record in securing repeat client business by delivering consistently excellent solutions. Some of our clients have been working with us for many years and have entrusted us to deliver on projects from the North Sea to North Africa and from the Far East to Eastern Europe.

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Our Team.

Optimus is more than simply a sum of its parts, at all levels our team combines experience with practicality and enthusiasm, innovation with character. As a group of professionals, we are committed to our founding ethos of independent pragmatic thinking to ensure that we remain both flexible and responsive enough to react quickly to all our customers’ requirements whilst at all times delivering excellence.


What’s more; we like being here together, we thrive on technical problem solving and communication comes naturally, our clients benefit as a direct result

  • Chris West
    CEO

    Chris has 17 years’ experience in the Energy Industry. Over the last 10 years he’s led multidiscipline projects for Optimus, a major operator and has held the role of Optimus COO. He was responsible for the development of OPT, Optimus’ project and business management system and leading transformational change makes him tick. Taking on the reigns of CEO from Ian Bell after 20 years at the helm, Chris will lead the organisation through its next chapter, engineering with character through a rapidly changing global energy landscape. In his other important leadership role he’s a family man, outside of work you’ll find him in his garage brewing or down by the river chasing Scottish salmon and 5 minutes peace.

    Chris West
  • Chris West
  • Linda Strachan
    Head of Business Support

    Joining Optimus in 2012 as Finance Manager Linda brings 30 years’ experience to the table encompassing accounting, finance and tax knowledge. Having in-house expertise in this area has been integral to the ongoing success of Optimus.

    Recently Linda has taken on the role of Head of Business Support in which she will lead the Finance, HR, Office, IT and Legal functions towards the delivery of their individual and the overall business plan.


    Linda Strachan
  • Linda Strachan
  • Gillian Passman
    Head of Business Operations

    Joining Optimus in 2014 as a Principal Process Engineer, Gill has worked her way up the ranks, bringing eighteen years’ engineering experience to Optimus, with a background in all aspects of Process Engineering within the Energy Industry, from Design House to Operator.

    Recently Gill has taken on the role of Head of Business Operations, which encompasses all aspects of the engineering, marketing and sales departments, providing a more efficient and cost-effective service to all our clients.

    Gillian Passman
  • Gillian Passman
  • Ian Bell
    Founder

    Ian founded Optimus with a team of just three engineers in 2000 and has since grown it into a multi-discipline operation. Working for both contractors and operators during a varied career has given him knowledge of projects from both client and contractor perspective.

    Ian Bell
  • Ian Bell
  • Alan Smith
    Technical Director

    Alan joined Optimus in 2010 as principal structural engineer and has since grown the team significantly offering the full range of analysis engineering and design services . He has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry working with both operators and design contractors in all aspects of structural topsides analysis, design, modification and construction. He leads the structural and decommissioning divisions of the company.

    Alan Smith
  • Alan Smith
  • Gordon Lamont
    Technical Director

    Gordon is an engineering / project manager with more than 30 years experience in the oil and gas sector and an additional five years experience the power generation sector. He has worked in several roles since he joined Optimus in 2008 and now leads the electrical and instrumentation disciplines.

    Gordon Lamont
  • Gordon Lamont
  • Graeme MacDonald
    Commercial Director

    Graeme has 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas and construction industries working for both service companies and operators. Graeme Joined Optimus in 2008 and has a track record of delivering and managing high value complex commercial and contractual relationships from strategy development through to tendering, contract execution and post-contract management.

    Graeme MacDonald
  • Graeme MacDonald
Practical engineering

Optimus has always focussed on delivering the right result. Today, we pair the best and brightest young engineering talent with time served professionals to ensure that our approach blends decades of hands-on experience with innovative and enthusiastic new thinking to deliver both practical and cost-effective solutions.

Practical engineering
Value driven solutions
Value driven solutions

We have a history of delivering projects on schedule and to agreed engineering costs. Key objectives are agreed with the client at the outset and throughout delivery we remain resolutely focused on balancing and communicating the costs, schedule and the technical solution to meet every objective.

Safe, quality delivery

Optimus operates a bespoke intranet based Quality Management System (QMS) and Health & Safety Management System (HSMS), both of which are certified to ISO 9001 and OHSAS 45001 standards by Lloyds Register. We categorically ensure that we provide our Clients with consistently high quality Consultancy, Engineering and Project Delivery whilst at all times assuring the health, safety and welfare of all our personnel and all parties affected by our operations. On these promises we shall not compromise.

Safe, quality delivery