Neil Young

Global Engineering Capability Director

Neil is the Global Engineering Capability Director at Babcock International Group. He is responsible for leadership and executive management oversight across the Group of the development and sustainment of Engineering Capability and the development and application of Engineering Integrity processes. Prior to this appointment Neil was the Engineering & Technology Director in Babcock’s marine sector, where he was responsible for 1,000 engineers with a strong focus on marine systems and ship design in both in-service support and new builds. His engineering team ranged from concept engineering; new naval ship designs such as the Inspiration Class T31 Frigates; in-service support for naval surface ships and submarines. Neil was also responsible for the Digital Facility development at Rosyth, heading up the Innovation team there.

Neil is a visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and was instrumental in the generation of an Innovation Campus on Babcock’s Rosyth Facility in partnership with University of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Fife College and Fife Council. The first operational technology center is the University of Edinburgh’s FastBlade facility that will allow accelerated fatigue testing facility for tidal blades. Neil also Co-Chairs the Academic Interface working group as part of the Defence Suppliers Forum People and Skills group. Before joining Babcock Neil spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry working globally and delivering 50+ Floating Production Storage and Offloading systems (FPSOs), used for deep water oil field development. He also managed a technology portfolio with wide ranging technologies from water treatment, solids transportation, separation and waste to energy. Neil is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.