Management Team

Management Team

Specialist Services management team brings decades first-class international expertise based on diverse industry experience and unparalleled knowledge.


Chris Ridley
Vice President - Middle East

Chris joined Specialist Services in June 2010 as the Group Sales & Marketing Director, after supporting Specialist Services expansion in Aberdeen as their Agent. With over a decade of success in identifying facility expansion, acquisitions and joint ventures, and driving new markets’ entry, he has been promoted to VP Middle East for the Centurion Group. Chris has significant international experience having developed markets across the world.


Akhil Heda
Director of Finance

Akhil joined Specialist Services in August 2014 as Financial Reporting Controller, and based on his long experience and expertise, he took on the role of Director of Finance in 2021. He is a dynamic and highly accomplished Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and senior finance professional with over 20 years of experience in Finance & Controls in the Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Marine and Mining Industries.


Kevin Murphy
General Manager - Buildings Division

Kevin joined Specialist Services in May 2006 and has moved through a number of technical and managerial positions within the organisation. He has over 20 years of industrial experience in sales and operations, with 18 years in the Energy sector. Before joining Specialist Services, he worked at Wood Group, SSE and VWS.


Adeel Naqvi
General Manager - DTP Division

Adeel joined Specialist Services’ Drilling, Testing and Production (DTP) segment in 2010. He worked in various positions, including Sales Director – Middle East, and has been recently promoted to General Manager – DTP segment. Adeel has 17 years of international experience in the energy market and before joining Specialist Services he worked at Descon Engineering and Olayan Descon Industrial Company.


Derek Cook
General Manager - FMS Division

Derek joined Specialist Services in March 2018, when he was recruited to manage the recently formed Facilities Management Solutions (FMS) Segment. Derek had previously worked largely in the UK Oil & Gas sector, where he spent over 25 years in senior management positions as Owner/Director of an Electrical, Instrumentation, and Control Systems company.