We’re optimising everything connected to vessel movements in and out of ports in ways that reduces risks, costs and shipping’s carbon footprint on this beautiful planet.

Reach out to see how Sea Level Research can improve your port.

Scientists, Designers & Technologists

The People Behind Sea Level Research

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Simon Holgate

Founder & CEO

Founded Sea Level Research.

Spent 10 years as a Senior Scientist at the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool working on tides and sea level.

He is the Vice-President of the IAPSO Commission on Mean Sea Level and Tides and has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Paul Freeman

Chief Technology Officer

Co-founded Fruitful, now Ideal Modular Homes. Paul was responsible for Fruitful’s technology and product.

Before Fruitful, Paul developed PiMS 2 for Morson Projects—with a combined annual revenue £500million+. He is a co-founder of DoES Liverpool—the city’s de facto startup, events and makerspace

He speaks at events for Google, FinTech Week and Front End Developer Conf.

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Tom Darlow

Product Director

Co-founded Fruitful, now Ideal Modular Homes. Tom was responsible for Fruitful’s product and marketing.

Before Fruitful, Tom founded design firm Bright Headway. He led projects for notable clients including; Countrywide, University of Manchester, UK Government’s Business Innovation & Skills department and more.

Tom is a Business Expert for Sage, the UK’s largest software company.

Board & Investors

Michael Finn


Shipping Exec of 30 years with exceptional track-record.

  • CEO CSAV (UK & Ireland) 2005/2014: 45% Sales growth over 4 years
  • Director of Ops at CMA-CGM, World’s 3rd largest shipping line: End-to-end responsibility for business of £140million turnover
  • Director at AWA Container Fleet Management £210million turnover
  • Detailed knowledge of operations marine and land side
  • Broad network in marine

William Clark

Non-Executive Director

Investment Director at Enterprise Ventures, now part of Mercia Technologies.

  • Completed acquisition, re-financing and sale of more than 50 companies with a total deal value of £0.7billion
  • Board director at: Chargepoint, ResponseTap, Great Bear Distribution, Clarke Energy and MGF
  • Track record includes the investment and subsequent sale of Warrens to BSS (trade sale), Stateside to Freiberger (trade sale) and Vibtec to Sercel (trade sale)

Chris Davis

Non-Executive Director

Executive Coach with 25 years experience supporting Organisation Leaders in the Private and Public sector at Director level within small, medium-sized and large organisations.

  • Non-Executive Director with two start-up businesses - an SME seeking a sale (successfully achieved) and a public sector junior board.
  • Focus on achieving significant improvement in outcomes through leaders, teams, culture and organisational change in Blue Chip organisations

For Ports & Terminal Operators Like You

Who We Work With

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Change is challenging.
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If you have questions, we have answers. Book a consultation to:

  • Review your data and identify what you did vs. what is possible.
  • Demo Vantage to see how it helps you get the job done better, safer and faster than yesterday.
  • Explore The Business Potential for reducing risk and increasing profits.
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Dr Simon Holgate

Founder & CEO

Contact Simon to see how we can work to make your port better, safer and faster than yesterday.

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