Our People.

The Archer Knight team.

We’ve built an incredible team who pride themselves in delivering high-quality solutions to the subsea sector and wider energy industry.


With growing demand for reliable data from a sophisticated client base, we were founded based on the belief that a new model for delivering marketing intelligence was needed. To do this requires not just the right data, but the right people. Our team is led by senior professionals from the subsea industry, but what we value even more than experience is attitude and ability. Our growing team has a diverse mix of industry backgrounds, applying essential skills acquired from other sectors to add value for our clients.

David Sheret – Co-Founder & Executive Director

David is the driving force behind Archer Knight’s strategic vision. He has spent more than 20 years in senior management positions, the last 14 focused on the subsea oil & gas sector. David’s emphasis throughout his subsea career has been on business development, market intelligence and communications. David has a wide experience of the industry, leading business development operations in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico and the UK Continental Shelf. His role as an industry expert saw him serve as an executive director of Subsea UK for five years.


Contact David: dsh@archerknight.com

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Ross Macdonald – General Manager: Market Intelligence

Ross joined Archer Knight in our early days as a start-up and has been a key asset in the growth of our market intelligence business. He is a member of our senior leadership team and heads up our market intelligence and software development functions, supporting our clients in realising their strategic ambitions. Before joining Archer Knight, Ross worked in market intelligence and communications roles in the subsea industry, with a track record of developing research & analysis tools which supported strategic development and commercial pursuits. Ross has played a vital role in the development of our software and databases, in particular the establishment of our Flowline digital platform.


Contact Ross: rma@archerknight.com

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Mike Watson –  Co-Founder & Executive Director

Mike is the commercial brain behind Archer Knight, with a straightforward philosophy of ‘work hard, deliver on time’. Mike directs Archer Knight’s commercial and operational functions and has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry. Over his career, Mike has built a detailed knowledge of the industry, leading commercial activities in Asia Pacific, West Africa and the UK Continental Shelf and has held senior commercial roles at several energy service companies, including Bibby Offshore, Wood Group Engineering, and Technip Offshore UK. Mike has a BSc in Quantity Surveying from Robert Gordon University.


Contact Mike: mwa@archerknight.com

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Lynne Paterson – Marketing & Policy Manager

Lynne joined us to provide essential business support in our early days as a start-up in 2016 and is a member of our senior leadership team. As well as her experience working within the subsea industry, we have also benefited from her background in project management and working for educational organisations. In her role as Marketing & Policy Manager, she heads up the development of the Archer Knight brand, managing marketing, public relations and policy operations.


Contact Lynne: lpa@archerknight.com

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Katherine Scrimgeour – Business Development Manager

Katherine joined the team in 2019, bringing a fresh approach to the role of business development, having previously worked for consumer-goods giant Mars. She defines our commitment to seeking out attitude and ability and has quickly built an outstanding network of contacts. Katherine’s role takes in direct sales, account management and acting as a brand ambassador, representing Archer Knight at seminars and energy events.


Contact Katherine: ksc@archerknight.com

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Oliver Thompson – Market Intelligence Manager

Oliver is responsible for the day-to-day management of our market intelligence team, as well as assisting Ross and the directors on consultancy projects, Oliver has worked in research and data analyst roles for companies in the oil & gas industry. Most recently before joining Archer Knight, he was business intelligence analyst for ROVOP (an independent remote operated vehicles provider), where he was responsible for providing insight and intelligence to support the company’s business development, strategic growth and commercial activities.


Contact Oliver: oth@archerknight.com

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Lawrence Baldwin – Head of QHSE

Lawrence is a senior manager in business risk with more than 40 years’ experience in engineering, quality, safety and risk management. He has worked in a number of senior positions within the oil and gas sector, most notably Baker Hughes and Bibby Offshore. He previously served for 23 years in the Royal Navy. Lawrence is a chartered health & safety practitioner and has Quality Management Training to AQAP1, JAR 145 & BS EN ISO 9001 and is a qualified Lead Auditor to BS EN ISO 9001. He is an investor in Archer Knight.


Contact Lawrence: lba@archerknight.com

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Derek Beddows – Director of Diving Safety Services

Derek joined the Archer Knight team in 2020 and is a highly respected diving industry safety professional. He was BP’s first Diving Technical Authority, where he was responsible for all upstream diving. He also provided diving technical support and guidance to other areas of the business, such as downstream and shipping. Derek created BP’s global requirements for improved hyperbaric reception facilities at all saturation diving worksites, which later became the global industry norm. Derek entered the diving industry in 1977 and has worked for several service companies within the oil & gas sector. His most recent role before BP was Diving and Operations Support Group Manager for Technip UK.


Contact Derek: dbe@archerknight.com

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John Scrimgeour – Non Executive Chairman

John is Archer Knight’s chairman and has been a mentor to the company since its inception. He is an industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector. His career has included Chief Operating Officer at Gaelic Energy and heading up E&P regional offices for Suncor, Perenco and Occidental and he has extensive international experience in Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and the Middle East. John is a senior advisor to Gneiss Energy and has also held board positions at the OGTC and Aberdeen University. He is an investor in Archer Knight.


Contact John: jsc@archerknight.com

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Matt Corbin – Non Executive Director

Matt has a wealth of experience as an engineer, financial controller, project manager and business leader. In his role as non-executive director, Matt represents the interests of the 21 external investors in Archer Knight (Holdings) and is currently the UK & Europe Regional Operations Director for Sparrows Group. Matt has worked in a number of senior oil and gas leadership roles most notably for the OGA, Subsea UK, Aker and GE. He is also an investor in Archer Knight.


Contact Matt: maco@archerknight.com

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Graeme Wood – Special Projects Associate 

Graeme is a chartered director with international managing director experience. His roots are
in marine engineering, developing into senior executive positions in several organisations ranging from family owned enterprises through to multi-national organisations. Has held and holds executive and non-executive board positions with a focus on shareholder returns through safe operational delivery, strategic business development and implementing business improvement projects. Experienced in a wide range of marine and oil and gas sectors including topsides and subsea environments, Graeme works with Archer Knight on special projects. 


Contact Graeme: gwo@archerknight.com

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Tel: +44 (0)1224 009022

General Email: info@archerknight.com

Flowline Email: flowline@archerknight.com

Diving Email: divingta@archerknight.com

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