About Us

Founded in 2019 by a group of engineering professionals who passionately believe in digital transformation and the application of technology to optimise the engineering process

Experts In Industrial Automation

We are experts in industrial automation and provide services and solutions across the lifecycle from conceptual engineering through to operational support.

Our team has established a track record of success in delivery of mission critical and complex projects on time, on budget, and to a high standard.

We provide tailored services to our customers based on their unique requirements. The services are delivered by an integrated team across 4 delivery streams.

The delivery streams are:

  • Consultancy
  • Design & Engineering
  • Systems Integration
  • Commissioning

Founding Principles

ICSS LTD is an engineering services provider offering unparalleled access to skills, expertise, and tools within the functional safety, process control, instrumentation, and systems engineering disciplines. Our founding principles are as follows:


  • Lean Engineering – Optimised engineering processes that improve delivery efficiency through open collaboration and integrated working practices.


  • Technology Focused – Intelligent application of technology and innovations to reduce costs, assure quality, and to mitigate project delivery risk.


  • Flexible Model – Customisable resource and performance management framework that can scale from minor modifications to large capital projects.

Core Values

Our core values drive not only our business decisions but our personal aspirations


Right first-time culture through the intelligent application of knowledge and expertise


Aggressive and continual elimination of low value adding processes throughout the lifecycle


Enhancing delivery performance through collaboration and integrated working practices


A fundamental belief that open and honest communication with all parties drives success


At the heart of everything we do. Answering the question “can we do this better?”

Leadership Team

Ian Didsbury

BSc (Hons) CEng MIET

Managing Director

A chartered engineer with 20 years experience in the oil and gas industry, specialising in functional safety, process control, and systems engineering.  Working in various project engineering, commissioning, support, and operational roles has provided an accomplished individual with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the safety lifecycle. 

Stephen McWhinnie

BSc (Hons) CFSE CEng FInstMC AFIChemE

Director of Consultancy

Stephen is a chartered engineer and institute fellow with 34 years experience in the energy sector, majority of which has been spent in the oil and gas industry with experience in onshore, offshore, UK and overseas.

Neil Middler

BEng (Hons) FSEng CEng MIET

Director of Design & Engineering

A chartered engineer with 16 years experience in the oil and gas industry, specialising in functional safety, engineering strategy, and commissioning. Neil has extensive experience executing both major and minor projects in the EPC and operator environments.

Terry Hodder

BSc (Hons) FSEng CEng FInstMC

Director of Systems Integration

Terry is a chartered engineer and institute fellow with over 30 years experience working on major upstream and downstream oil and gas projects within Operators, EPC’s and Suppliers.

Jason Waring

BEng (Hons) CEng FInstMC FEI MIET

Director of Commissioning

A highly experienced chartered engineer and institute fellow with over 30 years experience in the energy sector, working for a wide range of clients based both in the UK and overseas. Working extensively on major capital greenfield and brownfield projects, Jason specialises in process optimisation, gas compression, ICSS upgrades including functional safety commissioning and validation.

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