James Williams is managing director of Swathe Services, which offers equipment rental and sales support to the marine hydrographic survey industry in the UK and Ireland. Throughout his career James has gained a broad set of skills from offshore exploration within the hydrocarbon industry to inland waters hydrographic surveying in the Canadian Arctic. James has extensive experience with multibeam sonar technology and he has an MSc in Hydrography from Plymouth University. He is also chairman of the Hydrographic Society (UK), South West region.