Blue Ocean Monitoring are a global ocean survey company committed to the adoption of new and innovative technologies to provide value focused solutions to offshore industries.

Our autonomous systems can significantly reduce project costs, lower Health, Safety and Environmental risks whilst increasing the volume and accessibility of offshore data.

We have diverse experience in a wide range of autonomous platforms, and are currently the world's largest commercial owner and operator of subsea gliders.

Key Personnel

Chris Rowe


Chris has over 35 years of legal and commercial experience working in the oil and gas, and resources sectors. Previously, founding chairman (currently non-executive Director) of Northern Star Resources Limited (ASX:NST), Chairman of Aerodata Ltd, and a number of publicly listed mining, oil and gas companies in Australia and North America. He was also the Chairman and founder of Australian private equity and property fund manager, Hawkesbridge Capital.

Simon Illingworth

Group Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer

Simon has over 25 years experience of starting up, growing and managing hi-tech companies. He is the former Managing Director of Australian Telecom Pty Ltd, Smarttrack Pty Ltd, Telenor TST (Ireland) and he was previously a Director of Imarda Ltd (Auckland based global Telematics company). Simon introduced new vehicle tracking technology using GPRS into Australia.

Peter O'Connor


Peter has extensive global experience in the funds management industry, including both public and private companies in developed and emerging economies. He is currently Chairman of ASX listed Neurotech International Limited and non-executive Director of Northern Star Resources Ltd. In previous roles was co-founder, director and deputy chairman of IMS Selection Management Ltd. and deputy chairman of FundQuest UK Ltd.

Shaun Day


Shaun has extensive financial and commercial experience spanning over 20 years. Currently he is CFO of an ASX listed top 100 company. Previously he performed the CFO and Treasury roles in ASX listed mining and telecommunications infrastructure companies. Shaun has professional experience in a range of multinational business and investment banking roles, with particular focus on the mining sector and in-depth exposure to a number of debt and equity market transactions.

Ben Hollings

Group Chief Technical Officer

Ben Hollings is a globally recognised leader in the development, commercialisation and operation of unmanned ocean data acquisition systems. He has over 12 years experience operating a range of autonomous vehicles for research, government and commercial applications. Prior to Blue Ocean, Ben played a key role in setting up and held a senior position at the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Glider Facility.

Keith Wallace

Group Chief Commercial Officer

Keith has a reputation globally for his work as a metocean scientist and project manager. He has over 15 years consulting experience in oil and gas, coastal engineering and mining industries. Previously, he has held senior technical roles for the Halcrow Group, and Cardno, during which time he conducted numerous major survey projects throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Australasia.

Mark Cheng

Group Chief Financial Officer

Mark has over 25 years of experience in a variety of financial roles, specialising in developing and implementing sound financial systems and processes in startup, developing or changing companies. Previous roles cover a wide range of different industries and sizes of business, including audit experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and senior financial roles at Citic Pacific Mining Management, Dragon Mining and RCR Water.