Our people

With personal histories that take in the Royal Navy, Major Oil  and international Red Cross—as well as the drilling and construction worlds—our people all understand how large organizations function.

Everyone at Epeus shares two characteristics: the curiosity to know how things work— from  equipment and processes, to people under pressure—and the cool head needed to focus on  resolving underlying issues, where others might get emotionally involved.

Many of our associates hold a recognized project management qualification, most at postgraduate level. The team includes a number of qualified or chartered engineers. Some also have an MBA, or its equivalent, as well. As part of our focus on professional development, all our advisors obtain their Associate of Project Management qualifications within 12 months of joining the firm.

Epeus core team

Advisory Team—our full-time team combines industry expertise and project management disciplines. Most of them have over 20 years each in the Oil & Gas industry, specifically related to drilling rigs. Our advisors continually build on their professional qualifications by learning from each other and developing their track record.

Group Services—primarily based in our London head office, this team of three handles our finance and business support functions, and plays a crucial role in enabling our Advisory Team to deliver our services to our clients effectively.

Management—our directors support the core delivery team as required.

Epeus specialists

We supplement our full-time staff with a core group of around 50 contractors who bring additional skills, industry knowledge and experience—as well as geographical availability and linguistic ability. Many are the leading experts in a particular discipline or technology.

All have over 20 years in their field and hold a range of recognized engineering, project management, quality, commercial and contract management, and risk management qualifications. This is an exclusive club and it takes a special set of skills to become a member of our “association” of rig and project management professionals.

Many of our team members and contractors are respected industry voices, contributing to the wider community through papers and lectures.

Mark Thompson

Owner and Founder

 

The founder of the Epeus Group, Mark leads the Management Team and gets involved in delivery work from time to time as required.

He’s been involved in the international drilling rig business since 1992, initially working for Western Oceanic and Wilrig as a drilling operations performance improvement advisor. In  1995, he went to Transocean Inc, where he managed a number of global construction, conversion, upgrade, and reactivation projects for their offshore drilling rig fleet. He capped his time at Transocean with the management of the first series of dual-activity, ultra-deepwater drillships.

Mark began his engineering career in the Royal Navy and holds a BSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. He has also undertaken executive postgraduate studies at the Kellogg school of Management, Chicago, and London Business School.

 
 

Andrea Petrone

Business Development

 

Andrea is an experienced business development, sales and marketing professional with more that 12 years in the oil and gas industry.  He has worked extensively for major drilling contractors, rig manufacturers and EPC companies in West Africa, Egypt, Italy and Norway and he previously held senior project and quality management positions.  He holds a Degree in Geology and an MBA with honours.

 
 

Richard Walker

Marketing and Delivery

 

A specialist in strategy development, management and process improvement, Richard has over 14 years’ experience in project planning, cost control, contract management, and qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. He honed his skills on projects ranging from site rationalizations and operational restructuring to sales and process improvements and people initiatives.  Richard holds an MA in Economics from St. Andrews University. He also has a Diploma in Insurance and qualifications in Six Sigma process improvement.

 
 

Laura Stevens

Capacity Manager

 

Laura manages our Specialist network and is responsible for building capacity within our business to manage the assignments and clients we have.  Our Advisors and Associates rely on her to be able to build the teams with the expertise our clients need at short notice.  She has over 10 years experience in a variety of sales, business support and administration roles.

 
 

Delivery Team

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Juan Horrillo
Juan cut his teeth on project planning and site preparations for onshore drilling sites, gas pipelines and delivery facilities in South America. For our clients, he develops strategies and writes reports with a focus on specialty marine vessels. As well as a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Juan holds a MSc in Project Management.

Francesco Capotorto
With 10 years’ experience of project management in the Oil & Gas sector, Francesco personifies our new generation of specialists. As well as a Master’s in Engineering, he is a Chartered Engineer who also holds an MBA. Before joining us he was involved in the planning and execution of global projects for major oil & gas field operators.

Richard Walker
A specialist in strategy development, management and process improvement, Richard has over 10 years’ experience in project planning, cost control, contract management, and qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. He honed his skills on projects ranging from site rationalizations and operational restructuring to sales and process improvements and people initiatives.  Richard holds an MA in Economics from St. Andrews University. He also has a Diploma in Insurance and qualifications in Six Sigma process improvement.

Laura Stevens
Laura manages our Specialist network and is responsible for building capacity within our business to manage the assignments and clients we have.  Our Advisors and Associates rely on her to be able to build the teams with the expertise our clients need at short notice.

 
 

Support Team

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Myahri Kurdova
Myahri is our Group Accountant and is an ACCA qualified accountant.  She has spent the last 5 years working in financial roles in the Oil and Gas industry and is responsible for all aspects of accounting within the Epeus Group

Shireen Mahmood
Shireen is our Finance Assistant and holds a BA in Accounting and Finance.  She manages all aspects of our banking and bookkeeping as well as finance operations.

 
 

Business Development Team

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Andrea Petrone
Andrea is an experienced business development, sales and marketing professional with more that 12 years in the oil and gas industry.  He has worked extensively for major drilling contractors, rig manufacturers and EPC companies in West Africa, Egypt, Italy and Norway and he previously held senior project and quality management positions.  He holds a Degree in Geology and an MBA with honours.