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The Company

Mactech is a specialist supplier of subcontract personnel for construction and engineering activities, as well as Quality and NDT Inspection services, to the energy sectors worldwide. The company focuses extensively on Power, Nuclear, Oil, Gas, Renewables, Marine and Offshore.

Mactech was established in 1986 and works on large scale EPC projects, maintenance programmes, new build and extension of plant activities. Through the life cycle of a project – fabrication installation, erection, inspection, commissioning handover and maintenance – Mactech can provide personnel or inspection services to support a client’s requirement.

The company has an in-house logistics and operations team that can organise travel, accommodation, visas and any other legislative and domestic requirements needed for the international staffing of projects. With over 30 years’ involvement of working in foreign tax environments, clients can be assured that all tax legalities will be met for each in-country worker.

With many years’ experience in both onshore and offshore industries, from nuclear plants and refineries to offshore platforms and jackets, the team have a great deal of hands-on knowledge that strengthens a client’s recruitment and/or inspection service need.


Mactech Inspection Ltd is a family run and operated business founded in 1986 by Kevin McFarlane and an experienced management team brought together from the QA/QC and construction sectors. With many years experience in both onshore and offshore industries, from nuclear plants and refineries to offshore platforms and jackets, the team had a great deal of hands on knowledge that would strengthen a client’s recruitment and/or inspection service(s) needs.

The company began with the supply of QC and NDT inspection services and recognised the need to provide our clients with quality support in the form of sub-contract personnel from the engineering and construction sectors associated with oil, gas and power. This enabled clients to man-up larger projects with flexible lead times and reduced obligations associated with long term employment contracts given that work was received on a project by project basis.

Mactech have provided their services globally in five continents from pipelines in India to offshore installations in Brazil and nuclear power stations within Europe.

Since 1986 Mactech has developed an extensive database of personnel and currently operates with a core team of tradesmen, technicians, engineers, inspectors, supervisors and project managers who can be deployed at short notice to anywhere in the world.

Mactech has a head office in the Newcastle area of the UK and an office in Aberdeen, as well as the use of site facilities in the Europort area of The Netherlands. The company currently supply British and European personnel globally, supported by access to offices all over the world including Houston, Stavanger, Rotterdam and Abu Dhabi.


Mactech founded its business culture and ethos on professional reliable service delivery, ensuring they always maintain a culture of honesty fairness and openness with clients and employees. It is of paramount importance that the company act always as a responsible employer and contractor ensuring health, safety, environment and quality are inherently linked to the business' objectives at all times. It has been, and will continue to be, Mactech’s aim to build long term working partnerships with clients, sub-contractors and employees based on trust, delivery and honesty. To that end Mactech still, to this day, conducts business with clients who they first traded with at the start.

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The Team

Kevin McFarlane - Chairman

Owner and founder of the business Kevin holds 35 years' business management, inspection and recruitment experience in the energy and construction sectors. From site project management (hands on) to senior business management and recruitment expertise. Kevin is an ex-professional NDT inspector who, prior to starting Mactech, has operated on many of the major nuclear stations, new build projects, refineries, and power stations in Europe. Kevin is responsible for overseeing all risk mitigation, international compliance and long term strategic planning associated with the business.

Andrew McFarlane - Managing Director

Over 15 years' experience in recruitment, business management, engineering, and inspection to the energy sectors in Europe and worldwide. Andrew was a divisional manager for the Chieftain Group (now Redhall Group plc) prior to returning to Mactech to continue in the family business. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University. Andrew oversees all day to day operations of the business and its management team including sales, business growth, recruitment, operations, commercial and finance.

Simon Thorne - Global Business Manager

Simon has over 15 years' involvement within the Oil and Gas industry. During his career he has gained significant international experience in commercial and operational management, and project control disciplines. His sector background includes Pipelines/Process and Umbilical services, fabrication and asset integrity, maintenance and decommissioning. He also has a wealth of knowledge within the Renewable and Brownfield sectors.

Paul Atkinson - Senior Finance Manager

20 years' experience in finance, payroll, international tax, commercial and legal legislation. Paul has various accountancy qualifications, an HNC in Mechanical Engineering as well as recently completing his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University. Paul heads up all operations associated with finance, payroll, IT and legal compliance in the business.

Richard Flounders - Inspection Services Manager

30 years' experience in inspection, engineering and recruitment to the oil, gas and power sectors. Richard is a qualified multi-disciplined NDT inspector who is responsible for overseeing all inspection services contracts worldwide within the business. Richard is studying for a variety of additional inspection qualifications to ensure he is up to date with all industry techniques, theory and standards.

Anthony Thompson - Recruitment and Operations Manager

10 years' experience in recruitment, management, legal, commercial and administration associated with employment of individuals across a number of industry sectors. Anthony is responsible for overseeing all recruitment associated within the business as well as the on-going domestic, logistical and operational support required for Mactech's field employees working on sites worldwide.

John Beton - Senior Management Consultant

John is the ex-group Managing Director for a number of Aker Kvaerner businesses and has headed up their global manpower business Ellayess. He is a consultant to the senior management team on all issues associated with sales, growth, planning and strategy.