Our team

We’ve brought together some of the brightest minds in our industry to help our customers transform their operations through the application of data science and predictive analytics.

OPEX data scientists

A powerful blend of data science and oil and gas expertise

The OPEX team is a unique blend of exceptional data scientists, analysts, engineers and subject matter experts with oil and gas operations and maintenance experience. Together they come up with creative solutions to our customers’ challenges.

Data science expertise

Our data scientists are deeply skilled and highly sought after. They work at OPEX because they dare to innovate and do things differently. They’re technically curious but results-focused and know how to turn mountains of data into actionable and profitable insights.

Hands-on experience

Our team also includes a number of talented engineers and subject matter experts with extensive asset management experience. They understand our customers’ complex operating environments and are driven to solve complex industrial problems.

Leadership team

Jamie Bennett

Chairman & CEO

Jamie founded OPEX after recognising an opportunity for the oil & gas industry to improve efficiencies and critical system performance by extracting more information from their operational data. An engineering graduate, Jamie has built and grown two international technology companies which were sold to private equity firms. Jamie is passionate about creating products and services that offer the potential to make a significant impact to the oil and gas industry.

Sarah Christie

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah has been with OPEX since day one and is responsible for the integrity of all financial accounting and statutory compliance for the company. In addition to this she provides a range of business support functions across all areas. Throughout her career, Sarah has focused on managing the entire financial spectrum for the businesses in which she has worked and has been heavily involved in a number of multi-million-pound transactions.

Chris Ayres

Chief Operating Officer

Chris is a chartered mechanical engineer with two decades’ experience in the oil and gas sector. developing successful service delivery functions in multiple organisations. He has a diverse background of leadership experience in management consulting and digital project delivery. Chris has worked with large multi-national organisations across many sectors, leading and advising them through digital transformation projects. As COO of OPEX Group, Chris is focused on helping oil and gas operating companies to maximise the value of their operational data through the application of predictive technologies and data science.

Roy Buchan

Senior Vice President

Roy is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers with 35 years’ international experience in oil and gas asset management, capital projects and executive leadership. He brings a wealth of operations and maintenance experience with a history of leading complex asset operations and delivering improvement initiatives across a range of areas. Recent roles include, Group Operations Manager, VP Technical and Production Director and Chief Operations Officer with leading operating companies.

Seonaid Mcintosh

VP Operations

Seonaid has over 20 years’ experience in operations, with a track record of successfully delivering and executing multi-million pound international contracts. Seonaid has a degree in Business Studies with a Postgrad in Education. As VP of Operations, Seonaid is focused on successfully deploying the X-PAS™ services and delivering value for our customers.

Euan Macalister

VP Business Development

Euan has an MSc in Business IT Systems and has extensive experience of helping to grow businesses both locally and internationally, having spent over 15 years working in the oil and gas sector for a number of technology companies and latterly with a Tier 1 engineering firm. As VP of Business Development, Euan is focused on ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our existing customers whilst growing our customer portfolio in the UKCS and globally.

Danny Farquhar

VP Data Science

Danny has a degree in Applied Physics, a Masters degree in Information Systems and has a 15 year track record in the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career, Danny has gained substantial experience and understanding of data modelling and analysis and its application on topside critical plant in order to improve availability and reliability. From requirements gathering, software application side through to technical solution delivery.

Euan Bathgate

VP Engineering Support

Euan is a chartered engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University. Euan has worked on projects throughout Europe with a rotating equipment manufacturer, and more recently has held a number of key technical positions with oil & gas operators including that of Technical Authority. Euan is responsible for ensuring that the X-PAS™ Service is supported by the highest standards of engineering expertise. He also acts as the Rotating Equipment Technical Authority.

Jill Tough

VP Marketing & Communications

Jill has over 15 years' experience of developing and implementing marketing and communication strategies for multi-national organisations across a range of sectors. In her role as VP of Marketing and Communications, Jill is responsible for managing all internal and external communication channels in support of OPEX's ambitious growth plans. Jill has a first class degree in Business Management, and has spent several years working as a consultant for a number of leading oil and gas organisations.

Advisory team

Ali Green

Strategy & Development

A chartered engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ali has experience at board/executive level spanning the breadth of the international upstream oil & gas industry. Ali has extensive experience of growing and developing businesses internationally and played a key role in the creation of PSN, a major global engineering service contractor, which was acquired by one of their main competitors, Wood Group.

Gerry Ward

Key Accounts

With the exception of his training in Mining Engineering, Gerry has spent his entire career in the oil & gas sector with over 40 years of related experience, culminating in his role as Managing Director of Wood Group North Sea. Recognising all of the elements of production efficiency and the opportunities to make significant performance improvements, Gerry is determined to create the platform where OPEX are recognised for their role in transforming the sector's performance.

Colin Shearer

Predictive Solutions

Colin has been a pioneer and thought leader in AI and predictive analytics for over 25 years. His experience ranges from successful start-ups and the creation of market-leading tools and technology, to worldwide executive roles with the largest vendors. In his role with OPEX, Colin’s input helps ensure that the X-PAS™ service continues to innovate and lead by leveraging the most powerful and relevant AI and analytics technologies, and delivers maximum value to our customers.

Eugene Burke

Behavioural Psychology

Eugene’s career spans roles as an applied psychologist, psychometrician, data scientist and advisor to companies across the globe. He has held several executive and leadership roles with UK and US companies, as well as professional bodies, including the British Psychological Society and the International Test Commission. Eugene has been published extensively in scientific and academic publications, as well as the mainstream international press. In 2014 LinkedIn named him as one of the top global influencers in the field of people analytics.

Gavin Hall

Production Performance

With 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, Gavin is a highly experienced management consultant and business leader with significant E&P operations and maintenance transformation expertise. Gavin's input helps to ensure that OPEX's service-driven technologies are tailored to maximise commercial and performance improvements across our customer base.

Dave Russell

Technical Advisor

Dave is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers with over 30 years’ experience in Oil and Gas and Petrochemical Industries. Dave has considerable experience in the field of process engineering and oil and gas operations and is passionate about the application of class-leading technology in driving performance improvement. Dave provides senior operations support and technical advisory to the OPEX team as the company continues to grow.

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