Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Wright has over 30 years’ experience in civil and geotechnical engineering. After ten years’ experience in consultancy and construction in Europe and the Middle East he founded SAGE Engineering Group that provided offshore geotechnical investigation and geophysical survey services. In 2000 the SAGE Group was sold to the French Group Thales. In 2003, after sale of the former SAGE Group by Thales to Fugro, GEMS was formed by Andrew through acquisition of a Belgian survey company and developed to provide geophysical and geotechnical services. In 2011 he formed Geoquip and sold his interests in GEMS in order to concentrate on deep water investigation activities. In 2013 he headed up expansion of Geoquip to take over the geotechnical assets and personnel of GEMS. He holds a BSc and PhD in engineering and BA (law) from Manchester University and is a chartered engineer in the UK and Switzerland.
Roger Iliffe has twenty years of experience across a range of engineering businesses including heavy lifting shipping, offshore saturation diving, containers vessels, railway technology and aerospace. He has been involved with Geoquip Marine since 2014 as a senior advisor before being invited to take on the Board position in 2017. He spent five years as a strategy and operations consultant with Bain & Company and then McKinsey before joining Bombardier's rail technology division where he focused on procurement and later ran a services business in the UK. He joined Oaktree Capital Management in 2009 as an operating partner and was active in a number of marine (dive support, heavy lift and containers) and aerospace investments (Jackson Square Aviation and Elix Aviation). He is now a Director of Starboard Ventures, a marine advisory business which uses modern project management and forecasting techniques to assist investors active in the marine space. He has an MBA from Bocconi University.