20 June 2022
Leo HAMBRO , Commercial Manager – LD Sea
1) Could you summarise your career path and present your current position ?
My career has evolved from commodity trading via forestry through to offshore crew vessels. One common theme has been the focus on renewable energy. Firstly while trading sugar, a key area of development was the bio-ethanol industry and the transfer of its production technology. Then in forestry it was about maximising the yield from each tree which led to a considerable focus on biomass and pelletisation. My next step into the marine sector was due to development of the offshore wind sector off my local North Norfolk coast. The industry has grown dramatically since my move 11 years ago and so have the boats used to service it, hence my involvement with LD SEA and their fleet.
I am currently UK Commercial Manager for LD Sea covering the marketing of SOV’s primarily into the UK offshore windfarm. In addition I co-own Tidal Transit Limited, a crew transfer vessel (CTV) provider in the UK which is in partnership with LDA in France (LD Tide SA).
2) What do you particularly like about your job?
What I love about my job is that firstly everyday presents different challenges and secondly what we are doing is making a difference. Offshore wind is a major part of the global decarbonization plan and our business provides a means of access to maximise the yield of these farms. Working with LDA has been fantastic as it has allowed expansion of our CTV venture in to the huge growth market of France. In addition, since I have been representing LDA and their SOVs in the UK, I have been well supported and have learnt a great deal about the decarbonization opportunities for this niche area of the sector. It is phenomenally exciting to hear what the new build team are working on [my advice is stay tuned] !
3) About your job: would you have an anecdote or an important fact to share?
My first trades as a commodity broker involved Louis Dreyfus therefore it is wonderful to have nearly circled around over 20 years later to be representing LDA in the UK.
4) What is your motto ?
LinkedIn is littered with hashtags that I have used over the years but the one I feel the strongest about is #ElectrifyEverything – We are at a turning point where more and more processes and movements can be done without using fossil fuels. Now is the time for change! Don’t wait!