Sandy Chestnut


Sandy is Seraph’s co-founder and supports the company on a day to day basis with over 30 years business management experience.

Sandy also works as one of Seraph’s in-house photographers. He is best known for his stunning underwater photos of marine life, but he also specialises in corporate (events and team shots), industrial, travel and nature photography. He is passionate about his work and is rarely seen without his camera.

Sandy formed his first company in the UK in 1984, a Marine Consultancy business, after an early career with the Royal and Merchant Navy. He has since been closely involved with the Marine and Energy sector, holding senior management posts with Inspectorate Watson Gray in Oman, Qatar General Petroleum Corporation in Qatar and until June 2014 was Regional Head of Marine Consulting, IMEA, for DNV GL. Today Sandy is the Managing Director of marine consultancy Western Oceanic Consultants, with offices in Dubai and London.

With more than 30 years in the Gulf, Sandy has an acute awareness and sympathetic understanding of local culture.  His depth of knowledge of many key industries critical to the region’s prosperity has proved invaluable to Seraph, and his insight into sound business practices has become the cornerstone of Seraph’s activities.