Meet the Team

Fran JohnsonManaging Director

Fran has worked for Stones for over 24Yrs, starting as an apprentice in 1997 he has travelled extensively for the company undertaking propeller repairs and managing projects in over 30 countries worldwide.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 2019, Fran held the positions of Service Engineer, Supervisor, Operations Manager and Operations Director and holds a vast knowledge of the marine industry bringing new ideas and a fresh approach to our long-standing heritage.

Gareth Gilbert SM Shipcare
Gareth GilbertSales Manager

Gareth has worked with Stones now for close to 8Yrs, bringing 20Yrs of experience work in mechanics, data analysis and sales.

Having held the positions of Technical Assistant, Service Coordinator and Propeller Repair Workshop Supervisor he brings an invaluable understanding of marine maintenance & repairs when introducing our company and skills to new clients and developing our existing client relationships.

Julie Hughes SM Shipcare
Julie HughesService Support Manager

Julie has been with us for 5 Yrs now, having worked in accounts for 25 Yrs and part qualified in CIMA, she also has extensive experience in freight operations worldwide.

She brings the Service Department valuable experience in both areas. Her web searching and her ability to find any critical information online are legendary.

Charlotte McCarthy SM Shipcare
Charlotte McCarthyService Support & Digital Media

Charlotte joined us in 2020 as a Digital Media & Marketing intern after completing a BA (Hons) in Business Management at the University of Liverpool.

She manages our social media pages and website, bringing knowledge & experience from her degree to grow our social channels.

Laura Burns SM Shipcare
Laura BurnsService Coordinator

Laura joined us recently having studied Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University.

Laura’s move into the Maritime Sector is a long held aim and she brings with her a wealth of administration, organisation & ICT skills developed since graduating in 2017.

Don Quilliam SM Shipcare
Don QuilliamTechnical Consultant

Don began and ended his professional career with Stones. Working through the ranks, beginning as an apprentice machinist and working his way through to be appointed Managing Director of Stone Marine Shipcare over the course of 54Yrs.

Dons’ attention to detail and his knowledge of propeller casting & repair are unmatched and he remains a much valued contributor within our Technical Department.

Propeller Service Team

William AllenPropeller Repair Workshop Supervisor

Bill is our longest serving active propeller technician and now supervises our Propeller Repair Workshop in Birkenhead.

Bill is a proud British Army veteran and his experience operating in harsh environments has helped us through some of the most challenging propeller repairs that we have ever undertaken.

Richie McIlwainePropeller Technician

Richie has worked at Stones for 12 Yrs and is now one of our most experienced propeller technicians.

Able to operate as a Team Leader or within our Service Team on any job and has helped us complete some of the most complex propeller repair jobs that we have undertaken.

Jack WithyPropeller Technician

Jack has been with us now for 5Yrs and his skill set is developing fast.

He is becoming an experienced propeller technician making valuable contributions to our Service Team on all jobs.

David HodkinsonPropeller Technician

David is a skilled propeller technician and has operated both as a Team Leader and within our Propeller Service Team.

With a keen eye for detail and his knowledge of propeller repair he is a valuable asset for Stone Marine Shipcare.

How can we help?

Contact our Service Support Team to find out more about any of the services we offer.

Contact our Service Support Team to find out more about any of the services we offer.