Board of Directors

Alex Biro (Non-Executive Director, Chairman)

Mr Biro has 35 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.

Between 1984-1987 Mr Biro gained a broad range of experience from equipment design, engineering, manufacturing to installations of surface systems, wellheads, trees and control systems, land and jack up rig Operations mostly in the Bass Strait.

In 1988 he commenced his career in subsea developments mainly working in the Timor Sea and NWS. In 1993 he commenced consulting to Oil and Gas companies internationally by taking on challenges in Australia, West Africa, UK North Sea, South East Asia with an extensive client base BHPB, WMC, Santos, Esso, Woodside, ExxonMobil, Nexus, KNOC.

For the past 15 years Mr Biro’s main focus has been project management of deep water subsea infrastructure and underwater construction. These include, ExxonMobil (Angola), Tullow (Ghana), Husky (China), Anadarko (AMA1 Mozambique LNG).

Mr Biro is a founding director of Tek-Ocean.

Andrew Lillas (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Lillas is a highly accomplished structural engineer with over 40 years professional experience. He has acted as Project Manager and Senior Design Engineer on a wide range of engineering projects. These include:

Civil, structural and mechanical detailed design commercial and industrial projects and offshore oil and gas projects

Spread mooring analysis for vessels moored at offshore oil and gas fields

Detailed design for subsea equipment to API – risers, trees, flow lines, flanged connections

Design of pressure vessels, piping systems and storage tanks for the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and paper mills.

Site technical supervision for offshore projects in the North Sea, Bass Strait, South China Sea and in shipyards in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia

Industrial and Mining projects: Conveyor structures, retaining walls, crusher support frames

Mr Lillas is a founding director of Tek-Ocean.

Keith Thomson (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Thomson has over 35-years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.

Having commenced his offshore career as a well test trainee in the North Sea, he has gone on to attain a diverse skill set in Well Services / Completions & Subsea operations in the upstream petroleum sector.

He has been involved in the successful delivery of numerous marquee developments and projects across the North Sea and West Africa including BP’s Clyde / Harding & McClure Oil developments, ExxonMobil’s Nevis / Ness / Buckland / Skene & Erha / Bosi Subsea Oil & Gas developments.

In 2005 he moved to Australia to provide support to Anzon’s Basker Manta Oil development. Following on from this, Keith went on to provide consulting subsea & completions expertise to BHP’s Stybarrow / Pyrenees & Macedon Oil & Gas developments, ExxonMobil’s Kipper Tuna development, Santos’s Fletcher-Finucane Oil development and Inpex’s Ichthys Gas development in the various locations around Australia.

Mr Thomson is a founding director of Tek-Ocean as well as having served 2 years in Tek-Ocean management as company executive.

David Layton (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Layton is a practicing Professional Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the upstream petroleum industry.  David has extensive experience gathered from employment within major subsea equipment manufacturers as well as several Oil and Gas operators.

His strengths lie in the following areas:

  • Subsea systems design experience with two of the major OEM’s with focus on Tree/Wellhead systems design, engineering and project management.
  • Subsea completions project experience at Manager and Lead Engineer level for Subsea Trees and
  • Underwater Piping and pipeline experience for well tie-ins.
  • Electrical control systems
  • Solar and renewable energy consulting

Mathew Watkins (Joint Company Secretary)

Mr Watkins specialises in Company Secretarial and Accounting Services for ASX listed and unlisted public companies in the mining, biotech and industrial sectors. He is the current Company Secretary of ASX listed Medibio Limited.

He specialises ASX statutory reporting, ASX compliance, Corporate Governance and board and secretarial support.

Melanie Leydin (Joint Company Secretary)

Ms Leydin has 24 years’ experience in the accounting profession and is a director and company secretary for a number of oil and gas, junior mining and exploration entities listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. She is a Chartered Accountant and is a Registered Company Auditor.

Chartered Accountant since 1999 and since February 2000 has been the principal of chartered accounting firm, Leydin Freyer, and Director of Leydin Freyer Corp Pty Ltd, specialising in outsourced company secretarial and financial duties for resources and biotechnology sectors.