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Duncan Thorpe
David Brand
Steve Deane
Ivan Willie
Chris Edwards
franskok
bob
sj
Steve Egelhoff
alexhofer
Nithin
 
Position

Operations Manager

Country

Winchester - United Kingdom

Background

Duncan joined Rochem in 1999 as an Electrical Engineer with a background in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He had previously completed a 4-year apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering with a major manufacturer of Tobacco machinery. He then joined Vero Electronics, a company involved with the design and manufacture of equipment and systems for such customers as Nokia, Ericsson and NDS (News Data Systems), part of the Rupert Murdoch empire!


After initially joining RTS to look after all things electrical, Duncan later moved ‘upstairs’ to become Technical Coordinator. During a company restructuring in 2016 Duncan was appointed to the new role of Operations Manager and now works closely with the MD, Martin Howarth. He manages the day to day running of the business and is committed to driving the company forward.


Duncan lives in Winchester with his partner Helen and young daughter Lottie. In his spare time he enjoys playing 6 a side football, socialising and attending events on the VW scene calendar. He owns a lovingly restored Disney-commissioned "Herbie" (The "Love Bug") VW Beetle which he hires for weddings and corporate events and is also currently restoring a 1965 VW Splitscreen Kombi bus.

Position

Managing Director

Country

Winchester - United Kingdom

Background

Martin joined Rochem in 1992 as Technical Manager based in the UK. He has over 34 years experience in the gas turbine field, initially working for Centrax Gas Turbines as a Commissioning Engineering before progressing to Shell in the Netherlands as an Operations and Maintenance Engineer in CHP projects. He then transferred to Emstar PLC as a Senior Commissioning Engineer for a CHP plant in Greenwich, completing that stage of his career as Operations and Maintenance Manager, before joining Rochem.

 

Martin started his career as a Marine Engineering Officer in the British Merchant Navy, travelling the world before returning to university to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering. An extensive knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering together with hands on experience with gas turbines provides a bedrock for his work at Rochem. He was appointed Rochem Group Engineering Manager in 2002 and then Managing Director in June 2016. He is now enjoying the new challenge of leading the company forward.

 

Martin's long-time hobby is scuba diving in which he is highly qualified, having dived in waters stretching from Australia to his home patch of Cornwall. He is a keen motorcyclist, adventure riding extensively across Europe and into Africa. Currently his main pursuit is triathlon, having completed two half iron man events. He plans to complete the full distance before the next BIG birthday!

 

Martin is married with a son and two daughters.

Position

UK & International Sales Manager (Oil & Gas)

Country

UK & Worldwide

Background

David has a background in aeronautical engineering, manufacturing engineering and technical sales. He joined Rochem in 2010, developing on his existing experience, he has risen to take command of UK & International sales within the Oil and Gas sector. David has extensive knowledge and experience within the Oil and Gas sector, carrying out Offshore asset surveys as well as overseeing installation projects both on and offshore. David is also responsible for researching and developing within the Oil and Gas market, he provides support for Rochem's local agents and offices around the world with regards to sales and product training.

 

Away from Rochem, David has two young children which keep him busy. In what spare time he finds, David enjoys football, rugby (Bournemouth RFU), scuba diving, motorsports, travelling and DIY.

Position

Technical Manager for Aviation and Gas Turbines

Country

Winchester - United Kingdom

Background

Steve Deane is one of Rochem’s more recent employees, having moved from ZOK International Group. Prior to this, Steve served 12 years in the British Royal Airforce as a Propulsion Systems Engineer. He has also held the position of Process & Manufacturing Engineer within the Medical Devices sector, Research and Development Project Manager and Production Control Specialist positions for Rockwell Collins Training & Simulation. He is passionate about compressor washing technology and efficiency recovery mechanisms.

Steve is currently studying for a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Engineering.

Steve is married with two daughters and enjoys trail running, mountain biking and generally any pursuit that involves being outdoors.

Position

Quality Manager

Country

Winchester - United Kingdom

Background

Ivan has been with Rochem for over three years. In addition to being Quality Manager, he has an important lead role in Technical Coordination and Production Planning. Ivan joined Rochem with a wealth of experience gained from many companies that manufacture fluid movement and control products for a wide range of industries lead by Oil & Gas. This experience includes Quality Assurance, Project Management, Product Development and Operations Management.

 

Ivan enjoys a newly found interest in gardening, spending time with family and supporting the National Trust.

Position

Design & Application Engineer

Country

Winchester - United Kingdom

Background

Chris is the most recent addition to the team at Winchester having previously completed a Masters in mechanical engineering at Portsmouth University, specialising in CFD and FEA simulations. A background in the manufacturing industry has given him a wealth of knowledge in lean methodology as well as the ability to excel under pressure to achieve targets.

 

Since joining the company most of his time has been spent being involved with design and R&D projects including CFD simulations to tailor turbine/compressor cleaning solutions. He has the ambition to further develop his skills to achieve a chartered engineer status within Imeche.

 

Chris is a keen fencer who regularly attends local competitions. He enjoys the fast pace and precision of the sport, which offers numerous physical and mental challenges and promotes quick thinking.

Position

Engineering Consultant (Process Compressors)

Country

The Netherlands

Background

Frans Kok joined Rochem in 2016 and is based in The Netherlands. He has over 28 years of extensive project and operational experience in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation industry. He started his career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies where he spent 9 successful years. He has also enjoyed successful senior positions with other major companies such as Dow Chemicals, Aker Kvaerner, Rolls-Royce, and Stork. He has been based in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia) and worked in many other countries covering Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to joining Parwana, he was Senior Project Manager at Tebodin Consultants & Engineers where he managed various multidisciplinary projects in the oil and gas, and food processing industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Position

President of Rochem Technical Services, USA Ltd.

Country

Portland, Orgeon - USA

Background

Bob began his career with Dasic International Corporation, a direct competitor of Rochem. He was responsible for developing sales to American steamship companies, primarily focused on oil tanker companies, including Arco, Chevron, Phillips, AMOCO, and Union Oil. He joined Rochem in 1986 when the company acquired Dasic. He was responsible for working with Rochem offices in the US, concentrating on the marine market. Bob joined the industrial division of Rochem as Regional Director for the western region of the US in 1991. In 1995 he became the vice president and corporate secretary. In 2016 Bob was promoted to president of RTS USA.

 

Bob has a background in sales and sales management with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Management.

 

Bob enjoys following his favorite sports team, travel, the arts, and spending time with his family.

Position

Vice-president, Rochem Technical Services USA Ltd

Country

Cape Coral, Florida

Background

Steven Jones joined Rochem in 1982. He has experience in a full range of industrial and aviation gas turbine application with the Rochem equipment and chemicals. Active in all phases of operations with Rochem including Sales & Marketing, Product Development, Management and Corporate Strategy. Steven is well versed in public speaking in domestic and international forums with a skilled level in presentation. Steven is also President of Rochems’ Aviation Division.

Steven enjoys boating, golfing a fine wine and spending time with his family.

Position

Sales Manager

Country

Brookfield, Connecticut - USA

Background

Steve began his career with Magnavox Advanced Products division in Torrance, CA where he worked on the military GPS Phase II program as the engineering liaison to purchasing. Then worked for a Japanese import/export company of military electronics and aircraft spare parts where he became involved with compressor cleaning of gas turbine engines. Joined Lucas Aerospace in 1991 as the product specialist for engine cleaning. Was promoted to product manager responsible for the engine department. Joined Rochem in 1997 as the northeast sales representative. A “field guy” who has developed the eastern seaboard and the midwest. Was promoted to eastern sales manager with the added responsibility for overseeing the gulf region sales. Was promoted to sales manager in 2017 responsible for continuing the growth of sales in the Americas.

 

Steve enjoys his large music library of vinyl, CDs and digital music from various eras and plays on a number of guitars collected over the years. Also enjoys boating, cooking, golf, and watching his favorite sports teams.

Position

Sales Engineer

Country

Houston, Texas / Gulf Coast Region - USA

Background

Alex's background is in aviation. Before joining the RTS team, completed a BA in Aviation Technology from Purdue University and earned a commercial pilot’s certificate. After graduation held various positions in customer service, inside sales and purchasing. Joined Rochem in 2014 and gained experience in technical sales covering the midwest and is now based in Houston, TX. His focus is on re-establishing and growing business in the Gulf Coast region.

 

Enjoys following his favorite sports teams and playing golf. When not at a baseball game or soccer match, enjoys fishing, boating and water sports.

Position

Regional Manager (Middle East & Indian Sub continent)

Country

UAE

Background

Nithin joined RTS team in February 2010. He was then responsible for sales in UAE & Oman market. Within a short span of time he successfully installed and commissioned gas turbine compressor washing system on various engines throughout UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and India and he continued to provide direct technical support to agents and customers, At present, Nithin serves as Regional manager for the Middle East & India sub continent markets.

 

Nithin was awarded a First class Mechanical Engineering graduation From Anna university, Chennai and began his career as Service Sales Engineer in Bajaj Advance Service System. Later on he moved on to Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd(FACT) Cochin, where he worked with their design and maintenance department. He was trained in Naphtha based 900ton/day ammonia production plant & gained extensive experience in designing, operations and maintenance of various process plants and equipments. He did his academic project and in plant training in Steel & Industrial Forging Ltd (SIFL), India.

 

Nithin lives in Sharjah, UAE with his wife and his son. During his school days, Nithin had undergone 5 year training under National Cadet Corps (Indian Army) and achieved a rank of Junior under officer. Nithin loves motor cycling and adventures riding across Indian sub continent. His favourite sport is cricket.

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