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Marico Marine has more than 20 years of experience in providing world-class consultancy services to the marine, ports, shipping and offshore renewable industries. Marico's personnel combine extensive analytical and data management expertise with proven marine judgement and experience and are able to deploy the skills necessary to achieve a successful and valued outcome.


Managing Director

John Riding is Managing Director of Marico Marine. A Marine Consultant with a long track record of Navigational and Harbour Safety Risk Management Projects on a worldwide basis, John is a recognised expert in the subject of marine risk management with 40 years' overall experience in the maritime transport sector.

Gill Riding

Director - Administration

Gill is the Administration Director for Marico, across both its Offices.  She has had an active role in the company since its inception in 1999 and set up the administration of both the UK and NZ offices.  She is responsible for the day to day management of the NZ office, assisting with everything from project management, tendering and client interface, as well as managing accounts.  She oversees the Marico Group admin and links with Jane and Shirley in the UK. 

Prior to Marico, Gill had a background working with shipping companies and shipbuilders.  She also spent a number of years at sea with John, during his time in the Merchant Navy. 

Free time is spent enjoying the Kiwi lifestyle, rugby and wine. One day she hopes to enjoy gardening too!

André Cocuccio BEng MSc CMarTech FIMarEST

UK Director

André Cocuccio is Marico's UK Director with over 20 years’ professional maritime experience across both the public and private sectors. Previously the Director of Navigation Safety at the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), André has a strong maritime background linked to realising national maritime strategies through the delivery of large-scale private and public sector-funded, maritime programmes and initiatives.

William Heaps BSc CMarSci FIMarEST FHydSoc

Principal Consultant

William is a Principal Consultant and Chartered Marine Scientist, with extensive marine and hydrographic experience including the development of marine safety management systems, monthly reporting for Harbour Authority Boards, auditing, incident investigation, and is currently the Designated Person for 9 organisations, encompassing more than 30 individual port locations in the UK. William has particular experience in the field of port and harbour conservancy, including hydrography, dredging and all aspects of marine licensing.

William is (now) an occasional dinghy sailor who enjoys outdoor activities including walking, geocaching, canoeing, gardening and tending the allotment. Whenever possible he indulges in his love of travel – making regular use of a well-loved camper van for trips away with his wife.

David Foster MBE MRIN

Principal Consultant

David is a very experienced and long-term Harbour Master and port manager, with over 13 years’ experience as Harbour Master at the Port of London Authority and Portsmouth. He has a varied maritime and management background gained at sea and ashore in the Royal Navy. David has a unique and extensive experience of maritime consultancy as he has acted as both a client and a consultant. David is currently the PMSC Designated Person for five organisations, covering more than 30 ports or harbours.

David is a very active member of Itchenor Sailing Club, racing XODs and cruising his own boat with his family.  He is on the committee of the Chichester Harbour Federation.  David also is a keen gardener, walker and ring master of seven grandchildren.

Paul Brown MNI

Principal Consultant

Paul is a Principal Consultant based in South Devon providing mariner experitise including PMSC auditing, navigation simulation, expert witness and navigation risk assessment, and is the Marico and UK representative for sales and training for Navicom Portable Pilot Units. Paul is the retained authorised pilot for the Devon ports of Bideford, Appledore and Tor Bay and also sits as the Commercial representative on the UK Harbour Masters national council. Paul previously served as the Harbour Master, General Manager Operations and as a Class 1 Pilot for the Port of Dover, one of the busiest ports in the UK.

Paul Hanson

Principal Consultant

A highly experienced Maritime & Harbour operations executive with a demonstrated history of working at senior levels within the marine and ports industry. Skilled in Operations and Port Management, Freight, Oil & Gas, ISPS Security, ISM, Maritime Safety, and International Shipping. A strong business leader and STCW II/2 Master Mariner, who also holds a Port Management Diploma.

Paul enjoys sailing on his yacht, scuba diving, charity running, cycling, coastal walking, camping and kayaking.

Bob Kinnear MPhys MSc CSci CMarSci MIMarEST

Head of Risk and Data Analytics

Bob is a Principal Marine Consultant and a Chartered Scientist with an impressive marine career spanning safety of navigation, marine science and more recently, risk research. An award-winning hydrographer by trade, Bob was previously the Hydrography & Meteorology Technology Lead at the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency, where he led research and development in relation to the UK Civil Hydrography Programme and the UK Marine Weather Service.

In addition to supporting our existing portfolio of consultancy services, Bob is responsible for driving forward our emerging Conservancy and Hydrographic offerings.

Outside of work Bob is a keen cricketer and enjoys making the most of the walks around the New Forest.

Stephanie Gilbert BA MSc FRGS MIMarEST

Principal Consultant

Stephanie is a Principal Consultant and qualified Project Manager at Marico and is the primary UK contact for HAZMAN II, the company’s internationally renowned port and marine risk management system, including development, client implementation and training.

Stephanie's experience covers project management, GIS, risk assessment and vessel traffic analysis and applies these competencies to a variety of consultancy projects including navigation risk assessments and vessel traffic surveys.

Ryan Horrocks BSc


Fresh out of university, Ryan Horrocks is a young, bright prospect bringing a new perspective and a keen interest of GIS to the role of Consultant. Ryan recently graduated from the University of Hull with a first class degree in Marine Biology BSc with the intention to pursue a career as a marine consultant. Since starting at Marico, Ryan has vastly improved on many skills such as his reporting, GIS, and making of cups of tea. Ryan has joined us to augment our marine data and GIS capability and to support our reporting efforts.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, reading, and water sports.



Dr Timothy Wilkes PhD BA

Head of Technology

Tim has extensive experience in extracting value from marine and maritime data and is adept at generating the quantitative and qualitative intelligence that is needed to support commercial decision-making and the forging of relationships needed to bring new products to market. As Head of Technology, Tim leads a team of experienced maritime professionals, including ex-VTS Managers and VTSO Trainers, ex-Harbour Masters and Pilots to ensure the application of new technologies through the lens of real-world maritime experience.

James Lilly

Project Manager/Principal Engineer

James is a multi-disciplined project manager and electronics engineer, working within the maritime industry providing technical expertise, support and project management strategies for key customers in both commercial and military sectors. Installation experience includes VTS, coastal surveillance and integrated bridge navigation systems comprising ECDIS, radar, alarm monitoring, RF and satellite communications.

James enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking dishes inspired from his travels around the globe, getting out and about on his mountain bike and is a keen photographer with all the gear, and no idea!

Shirley Barnet MCIL

Office Administrator

Shirley joined Marico Marine as Office Administrator in 2012.  She loves her wide and varied role and is responsible, among other things, for the smooth running of the office, managing the project database and assisting with quality assurance and tendering.  She has a linguistic background, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and has spent 5 years working in continental Europe.

Shirley is busy with her husband, two sons and their families, a keen hillwalker, horse-rider, cyclist and language tutor.