Posted on April 6, 2020 by staff

Rovco announces new executive hires


A provider of technology services to the offshore energy industry has announced a number of key executive team hires and internal appointments.

Rovco uses AI and 3D Computer Vision technologies deployed on robotic marine platforms. Formed in 2015, the firm’s technology is designed to drive down time and cost-saving project efficiencies.

Rovco said the five new appointments are part of its expansion during a period of sustained growth, as the number of employees reaches nearly 50.

Reena Rowan has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer at Rovco, having previously held senior finance positions within Innogy and a number of PE-backed organisations across the offshore wind, oil, gas and telecommunications sectors. In her roles, budgets ranged from £25m to over £800 million and Rowan also supported high profile renewables projects, such as the Galloper wind farm.

Martin Young has been promoted internally to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his new role, Young will determine the strategic direction for Rovco’s technologies. Previously Martin was Technical Director at Rovco with a background in software development

Iain Wallace has been promoted to Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), having previously worked as CTO, Iain leads the development of 3D vision and AI to improve quality and reduce cost in subsea inspection. With a PhD in AI, and research in industry, his expertise ranges from multi-robot exploration to vision systems for Mars rovers. As well as delivering complex AI in the harshest environments on Earth.

Ian Bryan joins as Consultant Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing 35 years’ experience in defence, robotic manufacturing and the renewable sectors to the role, including as Managing Director, Group Business Operations at Global Marine Group.

Finally, Simon Miller joins the team as General Manager of Rovco Scotland. Miller brings over 25 years’ experience in Operations, Senior Projects, Sales and Business Development from Rolls Royce Commercial Marine and Oceaneering International Inc.

Brian Allen, CEO said: “The announcements today are a further milestone in Rovco’s development as we become the premier provider of artificial intelligence-based technology and robotic services.

“We now have a strong executive team with the experience and capabilities to fulfil our vision. We are looking to hire additional top class sales and project talent as our exponential growth continues and we prepare to take advantage of opportunities through these current market difficulties.”