JDR Cable Systems
James Young is Chief Technology Officer of JDR Cable Systems Ltd, a leading provider of subsea umbilical and power cable products and services for the offshore energy sector. JDR operates from their manufacturing facilities in Hartlepool and Littleport and from their service bases located in Newcastle and Houston, US.
James has over 25 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of cables and umbilicals for subsea applications. He joined JDR in 2000 as senior design engineer for new product development and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 2016 after a series of technical and management roles within the business. Prior to JDR, James worked for BICC Supertension and Subsea Cables, Erith and Dowty Precision Handling where he started his career working on the design of capstan drum and linear cable engines. Whilst at BICC James designed and developed HV AC and DC cables from 66 kV to 400 kV.
During his time at JDR, James has led the design of JDR’s subsea cable and umbilical products from intervention workover control umbilicals (IWOCS), to thermoplastic and steel tube umbilicals used in oil and gas production control applications. He also led the design and development of JDR’s first 33 kV renewable energy cables supplied for the Beatrice Demonstrator project in 2007, and has been involved at some point on all of JDR’s power cable projects since then. In recent years, James has led the development and commercialisation of new technologies including JDR’s 66 kV power cable technology, to enable the use of larger turbines for offshore wind, and JDR’s dynamic cables engineered to suit the emerging global market for floating offshore wind.
James joined JDR’s Board of Directors following the acquisition of JDR by the TFKable Group in 2017, serves as Compliance Officer and is a member of JDR Executive Management Team. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from Cranfield.