Our team

We’ve brought together some of the brightest minds to develop and deploy purpose built solutions to meet our customers' needs.

A powerful blend of data science, technology development and domain expertise.

The OPEX team is a unique blend of exceptional data scientists, analysts, software engineers, atmospherics experts and operations focused engineers Together we have developed a range of creative solutions to help our customers with their challenges.

We know how to translate data.

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 with experience of working across multiple assets and operating companies.

We speak the same language as our customers.

Our industry domain experts have deep operational experience and work closely with our data scientists and software engineers in the design of our solutions, ensuring we meet the needs of our customers.

Some of the minds behind our solutions...

Colin Shearer

AI Lead

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 our solutions continues to innovate and lead by leveraging the most powerful and relevant AI and analytics technologies, and delivers maximum value to our customers.

Alison Taylor

Emissions Reduction Lead

Alison is a passionate environmentalist with an environmental science background and 25 years' experience in the energy industry. During this time, Alison has worked for both the industry regulator (BEIS) and a number of operating companies, so intimately understands the challenges facing our customers. As Emissions Reduction Lead for OPEX, Alison will play a key role in the implementation and ongoing development of our emissions.AI solution, helping customers to achieve compliance and prepare for a net zero future.

Colin Deddis

Process Engineering Lead

Colin is a process engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) with over 30 years of extensive technical leadership across the full life cycle of oil and gas operations globally. He has worked for major operating companies, consultancies and in academia, with a proven track record in integrating engineering with data science to solve complex problems.

David Reilly

Technology Lead

David has extensive experience of developing IT, data management and security strategies across a range of industries. In his role as Technology Lead for OPEX, David interfaces closely with DevOps and manages all systems and infrastructure required for the delivery of our solutions and services.

James Shannon

Senior Emissions Advisor

James is an atmospherics experts with 20 years of environmental specialist knowledge from working both as a regulator and within industry, in the UK and Internationally. He has extensive experience of providing guidance and regulatory assistance on a range of energy and emissions related issues. As Senior Emissions Advisor, James works with our customers to support their emissions reduction ambitions and ensure successful adoption and delivery of our emissions.AI solution.

Donna Liddle

VP Business Development

Donna has an MSc in International Marketing and has extensive experience of helping to grow businesses both locally and internationally, having spent over 12 years working as a Business Development Director. As VP of Business Development, Donna is focused on ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our existing customers whilst growing our customer portfolio globally.


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 technology solutions and services that offer the potential to make a significant impact to the oil, gas and energy industries.

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 Customer 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 CCO 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.

Seonaid Mcintosh

Chief Operations Officer

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 COO, Seonaid is focused on successfully deploying our solutions and delivering value for our customers.

Euan Bathgate

Chief Product Officer

Euan is a chartered engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University. Euan has worked throughout Europe for a number of leading international equipment manufacturers and oil and gas operators. Euan leads innovation and the design and development of our software applications, ensuring they meet customer needs.

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.