Great Yarmouth firm Seajacks has appointed co-founder Sebastian Brooke as CEO – with current CEO Blair Ainslie set to retire.  

Mr Brooke co-founded Seajacks with Mr Ainslie in 2007.

The company, which was acquired by Monaco-based Eneti Inc in 2021, specialises in offshore installation and owns five jack-up vessels that support wind farm construction.   

Mr Ainslie will remain with Seajacks until the end of 2023 to support and advise Mr Brooke in his new role. He then intends to retire but is expected to remain available to support Seajacks in a consultancy capacity beyond 2023.  

 “After 17 years at the Seajacks helm, and with an ever-expanding brood of grandchildren, I feel that now is the opportune time to step aside,” said Mr Ainslie.  

“I am pleased that my longstanding colleague, Sebastian Brooke, will be taking over from me as CEO.   

“Under his guidance and leadership and the continued loyalty and support from the Seajacks team, I am confident that the company will continue to flourish and prosper.” 

Mr Brooke said: “I look forward to continuing the journey with my colleagues, as the company continues to evolve with the offshore wind market.  

“It is an exciting time in the industry, and as a result of the hard work and efforts of our offshore and onshore staff, we are well-positioned to benefit from the increasing activity across all areas of offshore operations.  

“My sincere thanks go to Blair for everything he has achieved since we first met and ‘joined forces’ in 2007; we shall continue working together for the remainder of 2023 and perhaps we can persuade him to stay in some capacity into 2024 and beyond.”