Underwater Centre Appoints New GM

The world-renowned Underwater Centre in Tasmania has appointed Allan Brown as general manager to oversee a period of significant investment in the subsea training facility.

An anticipated increase in demand for diving personnel in Australasia has been the catalyst for an initial six-figure investment in staff training, infrastructure and support activities.

The Underwater Centre is aiming to increase business in Tasmania by in excess of 40% as a result of a program of investment to meet the emerging subsea needs in this region, with an estimated 150,000 skilled workers needed in Western Australia by 2017.

Allan joins the Tasmanian Underwater Centre from its sister base in Fort William, Scotland, where he was general manager for two years and is credited with helping to increase revenues, amid additional investment to enhance every aspect of the Centre’s operations.

The current investment is being made to help cement links between the Scottish and Tasmanian Underwater Centres, allowing the company to achieve synergies in best practice, training delivery, sales and marketing.

Allan is looking forward to the challenge of positioning the Tasmanian centre as a world-leading subsea training facility in Australasia and Asia Pacific.

"The investment being made is integral to the development of the Centre in this part of the world as we are expecting a huge increase in the need for offshore diving personnel throughout Australasia and we want to be equipped to meet this demand.

"I will be using the lessons I have learned while in Scotland to forge very strong links between the two Centres so we can work together to improve best practice across the board."

Steve Ham, General Manager at The Underwater Centre in Fort William, added, "Allan has a proven track-record, having helped us transform the Fort William business into a world-leader in commercial diver training and subsea trials. We are now recognized by the subsea industry as the number one provider in this field.

"This initial investment is part of an on-going program to ensure that we deliver the highest standards of training to support the subsea industry globally from one side of the world to the other."