Our People

Our highly qualified team combines project experience and technical expertise across a range of technical, operational and engineering disciplines.

At Benthic, the quality of our people underpins our industry-leading service. When you engage us, you’ll be supported by a carefully selected team of highly qualified technical specialists, with decades of combined experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. 

Together, we offer a unique combination of technical expertise, project execution experience and broad industry knowledge. That allows us to intelligently support your project objectives, promptly and efficiently.

Our Leadership Team

Stephen Pywell 
Managing Director

Appointed CEO of Benthic in 2012, Steve has more than 30 years experience in the global oil and gas industry, including extensive experience in subsea and deepwater developments. He has held senior positions with Brown & Root Energy Services, Rockwater, ABB Floating Production Systems and Wellstream International.

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Greg Fyffe MBA BE (Hons)
VP Operations

With 15 years in roles spanning the oil industry supply chain, Greg combines extensive field experience with a highly developed understanding of the financial complexities of managing large scale oil and gas developments.

As a Corporate Planning Analyst with Roc Oil, a mid-cap Australian independent, he played a central role in capital raisings, new ventures and acquisitions, crude marketing, and oilfield development.

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Wade Boudreaux
VP Business Development

Wade joined the Benthic leadership team as Vice President of Business Development in November of 2013. With extensive Business Development experience in the oil industry, Wade combines commercial management and marketing experience with a highly developed industry network.

As the Director of Business Development for McDermott International's Atlantic Region, Wade managed the Commercial and Sales divisions for the company's Atlantic Region, where his primary responsibilities were commercial negotiations, new business acquisition, and management of the sales and commercial teams.

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Steven Stuart MBA BE Civil
General Manager - Asia Pacific

Steve joined the leadership team as Corporate Development Manager in December 2005 after a long association with Benthic, including fund raising and business planning. Steve was appointed General Manager - Asia Pacific in November 2013. His experience includes business and financial consulting, capital raising and engineering project management. Before joining Benthic, he worked as an investment banker in major international finance houses. He started his career as a project engineer in infrastructure and development projects. 

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Board of Directors

Chris Braithwaite
Chairman

Chris Braithwaite was appointed Chairman of Benthic in January 2016. Chris's 30 year career in project management, engineering and manufacturing businesses include international experience in the service sector of the oil and gas industry, working from bases in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union, Brazil and West Africa. He has extensive experience creating and implementing innovative growth strategies and has led global businesses ranging from 50 to 2,000 people. 

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Russell Staley BSC (Hons) 
Director

Russell has over 25 years of experience in the global oil and gas business. Graduating in 1974 from the University of Leeds (UK) in Civil Engineering, Russell emigrated to Australia to take up a teaching fellowship at the University of NSW where he carried out postgraduate studies in reinforced concrete. 

In 1979 he joined engineering services company WorleyParsons, where he held various leadership positions, culminating in his appointment as Executive Director responsible for global oil and gas. From 1979 to 2004, WorleyParsons grew from revenues of $1 million to $500 million, listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in November 2002. Over that time, Russell was one of the key players in Worley's strategic growth. One of Russell's key areas of interest has been in offshore foundation engineering, with responsibility for projects in Australia, south-east Asia and the Middle East. 

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Ron Finkel LLB, BCom (Melb) 
Director

Ron has been actively involved in the venture capital industry since 1986, including roles at Pratt Venture Management and as Director of Investments at the Advent Management Group. At Advent, he was actively involved with a portfolio of companies covering a wide range of innovative technologies. In 1997, with colleague Ergad Gold, Ron established the Momentum Investment Group, successfully tendering for one of the Australian Government's inaugural licenses under the Innovation Investment Fund program. 

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Gerard Hutchinson BEc, MBA, MBL 
Non-Executive Independent Director
Chairman of the Audit Committee

As well as his role at Benthic, Gerard is the Group Manager, Corporate Development for AGC/Ausgroup. He brings a combination of Board (FAICD) and Executive (FAIM) experience in both the construction and engineering industries over the last 20 years. This includes responsibility for a diverse portfolio of autonomous multinational operations, from start-ups to market leaders, including organizations with substantial revenues and large numbers of employees working both in Australian and Asian operating environments and cultures.

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