Office Staff

Mecal's office staff

John Fearnley

CEO and Chief Surveyor

John has a lifetime of experience in the marine sector, from a Merchant Navy deck cadetship in the 1960’s, through university as an engineer, then as a Class Society surveyor for 24 years.

He first started with Mecal as a small vessel surveyor in the mid 1990’s, when Mecal was owned by IMarEST. He was part of the buy-out team in 2001 & took full control of the Company in 2006, in partnership with Julie.

John’s passion has always been for the sea, for safety at sea & for marine technology as a profession.

He chaired a new MCA/Industry professional standards group in 2016 & continues to play a role in moving his profession towards greater recognition & status.

He is also a very active member of the MCA working groups tasked with developing the various small commercial vessel & workboat safety codes.

His dream is to establish Mecal internationally as a small vessel “class society”, recognised as the place to go for the very best in small commercial vessel & workboat standards.

Julie Fearnley

Financial Director

Julie has been involved in the marine survey sector for over 25 years.
When Mecal transferred from IMarEST to the current management in 2001, Julie put the administrative & financial measures in place which contributed greatly to the sustained & impressive growth of Mecal to it’s present day position as a leading UK Certifying Authority & Consultancy. As Mecal Financial Director since 2006, Julie has developed her financial, administrative & HR skills & is also our main IT specialist at HQ.

Jamie Mathys

Technical Manager

Jamie is a chartered engineer with over 20 years engineering design consultancy experience across a diverse range of new build and refurbishment projects in the marine & construction sectors.

Working as a professional design team member he has been responsible for project delivery from inception through to completion, engaging with clients to ensure design proposals and subsequent installations satisfy their end user requirements, this most often balanced with constraints of programme and budget. He is also experienced in ensuring compliance with statutory requirements.

Since relocating to Devon in 2005, Jamie has been actively involved with the marine industry including as a volunteer helm of RNLI Dart Inshore Lifeboat thus valuing the safety and seaworthiness of vessels putting to sea.

Jamie has joined the MECAL team as a Technical Manager in our Plymouth office to provide support to the Chief Surveyor & the Admin Staff as well as undertaking survey work.

Vicki Solomon

Business Manager

Vicki has worked her way up in her management career starting on the cruise ships where she developed a love for the ocean, to South Africa as a business Manager.
Since then Vicki has Managed Senior roles in some of the most famous stores worldwide, including Harrods, Victoria’s Secret and Most recently the Topshop Global Flagship (London Oxford street), where she held a senior Management positions as General Manager.
Vicki has worked with Mecal on several occasions within the past 4 years and is excited to have joined full time to support the business growth.

Kim Bassett

Financial Assistant

Moved from Stroud to Devon in 2008 and joined MECAL shortly after. Working in both private and public sector roles, she gained her a wide range of general administration experience with over 20 years at NatWest Bank, HSBC, then GCHQ, progressing her way up through the ranks into various management roles, before moving to Devon to aid her children’s sporting ambitions.The main focus of her roles has mostly been finance/accounts based, which she continues to do within Mecal being the main point of contact for invoicing.