Our People

Robin Comrie Co-MD

Robin Comrie, Managing Director

Robin has been a Company Director for over 18 years, leading strategic development and operational management of a number of small to medium sized companies (SMEs). He is the Managing Director of Cathie overseeing global operations.

Robin is a Chartered Geologist with an MSc in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering from Newcastle University. He has over 25 years’ experience in engineering consultancy, 18 of which are in the offshore sector. Although he has a broad range of knowledge across several different industries, Robin has particular experience in offshore renewable energy developments and was one of the early pioneers in the use of cable burial risk assessments.

Emilio Nicolini, Cathie France

Emilio Nicolini, France and Italy Engineering Manager

With a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the Technical University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) in 1998, Emilio has considerable experience in geotechnics and foundations ranging from the onshore construction industry to the offshore oil & gas and renewable wind, and an advanced understanding of numerical modelling. Emilio is the Engineering Manager of our French and Italian operations and leads G-Octopus, a Cathie company, specialized in the organization, design and execution of static and dynamic pile testing, offshore and onshore.

Victor Terente Engineering Manager

Victor Terente, UK Engineering Manager

Victor is a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of geological and geotechnical subjects including regeneration, mining, nuclear power, infrastructure, oil and gas and renewable energy projects (onshore and offshore). In the offshore sector, Victor has completed a number of high profile foundation design projects, has led multi-year and multi-vessel survey campaigns and has worked extensively in CBRA and burial assessment for subsea cables. Having specialized in engineering geology and geotechnics from the University of Newcastle, Victor leads the engineering teams in the UK.

Christophe Jaeck, Belgium Engineering Manager

Christophe is one of the original co-founders of our firm with over 20 years of experience in offshore geotechnical engineering following an MSc in Civil and Hydraulic Engineering at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Hydraulique et de Mécanique, University of Grenoble. Christophe is one of our leading technical experts with particular strength in offshore foundation engineering and installation analysis, seismic design and soil-structure interaction and pipeline engineering.

Christophe is also committed to research and technical development and is widely published. Christophe is a member of industry development workgroups, such as ISO WG10 Committee (Geotechnical Experts) and as the leader of the workgroup for monopile design in France.

Diane Baxter US Engineering Manager

Diane Baxter, US Engineering Manager

With a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech University, Diane is a specialist in Geotechnical Engineering. Her passion for the offshore wind industry has seen her working on several US offshore wind farms throughout her career and her broad experience covers everything from foundation recommendations and geotechnical site investigations to slope stability analysis and liquefaction analysis.

As the US Engineering Manager, Diane heads up our team in the US and is responsible for project delivery, building client relationships as well as business development and driving new initiatives in the US market.