Our People

Mike Osbourne Oceanwise

Mike Osborne – Managing Director

Dr Mike Osborne trained as a physical oceanographer and has since acquired a broad set of skills comprising environmental and engineering support, marine data management and GIS. Mike has worked across a range of marine industries, managing numerous high profile projects globally. First as Technical Director of Metoc, then as founder and MD of SeaZone and latterly as MD of OceanWise, Mike has been pioneering the use of GIS in the marine environment for almost 20 years. He specialises in data and information management and decision supports systems for the port and maritime sectors and the creation of marine reference data for marine spatial planning. Mike is a Fellow of IMarEST and a member of the MEDIN Executive Team. He is also an invited expert on the IHO Marine SDI Working Group, which he helped instigate, and an IHO trainer.

Mark Jonas – Technical Director

Mark Jonas has over 20 years commercial experience in the industry. He has a unique blend of experience in oceanographic surveying, environmental data processing and long-term data management and archive. This includes the development of computer hardware and software tools and incorporation of the data in a variety of CAD, Spatial Databases and GIS Systems. When those systems can’t solve the problem, he does a bit of programming! Mark also has had extensive experience in mathematical modelling which has provided him with the capability to manipulate data from initial collection through to post-processing and final analysis.

When he’s allowed to come up for air – he enjoys a spot of boating!

John Pepper Ocean Wise

John Pepper – Marketing Director

John has 40 years’ experience working in the geospatial information industry, specialising in data collection and management, policy and strategy, new business development and marketing in the UK and overseas. He spent 27 years with Ordnance Survey involved in geodetic surveys, photogrammetry, satellite imagery analysis and cartographic development and 11 years at UKHO in product management, commercial development and data management. In this time, he has travelled widely in UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

In addition to his marketing portfolio with OceanWise, John specialises in providing geospatial, business and management consultancy services in strategy development and change management.

He holds professional qualifications in Surveying Science and Geodesy, Marketing and Strategic Planning; is a Chartered Marketer and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). He lives in Somerset, is married with two grown up children with primary out of work activities including golf, cricket, gardening, steam trains and travelling.

Caroline Levy OceanWise

Caroline Levey – Operations Director

Caroline has managed to find her dream job combining a love of the sea with a love of geography! Having completed a Masters in Geographical Information Science her first job was developing GIS at the Port of London Authority (PLA) – the use of which is now widespread across the company and systems she developed are still in use 13 years later!

Since leaving PLA she has worked for Metoc and SeaZone, where she was involved in developing GIS based software for companies like Airbus and was integral in the building of SeaZone Data Products – the first marine data company. Since leaving SeaZone to build OceanWise with Mark, Mike and John, she has developed higher quality Data Products, GIS based software for use in Ports and provided training for those learning or improving their GIS skills.

Out of work, small children have got in the way of sailing for a few years so has taken to triathlons as an alternative sport until the kids are big enough to teach them to sail!

Richard Farren Oceanwise

Richard Farren – Senior Information Systems Developer

Rich is OceanWise’s Information Systems Developer. His role is to exploit marine data using (primarily) open source software and scripting solutions, bridging the gap between the hard-core developer/ programmers and the casual desktop GIS user. He is particularly interested in developing systems that allow users to consume marine data via the web without the need for specialist software tools.

Rich studied Geography with IT at Exeter University before gaining employment with SeaZone Solutions Ltd in 2009 as a GIS technician. Later he became the GIS production manager at HR Wallingford in land-locked Oxfordshire. By 2013 Rich realised that marine information systems are best managed “as close to the sea as possible, if not in it!”, so he promptly moved to the south coast and joined OceanWise where he is now involved with a wide variety of marine data projects.

Outside the office Rich is a bit of a water freak,“I’m into all things Ocean, except Jet-ski’s which have no purpose on this earth. I like to keep in touch with the marine environment by ensuring my face is in the sea as much as possible. This can be painful in the winter months, but it’s worth it!”

Oceanwise Janet Chaplin

Janet Lockey – Customer Services & Office Manager

Janet has the role of Customer Services Manager at OceanWise where she is responsible for keeping the business ship-shape. Mainly this involves keeping a close eye on other members of staff and ensuring that customers’ expectations are always being met.

Janet started in the Marine Data industry with SeaZone Solutions Ltd in 2007 as Customer Services Assistant. She quickly progressed within the company and was promoted to Customer Services Manager when it became clear she was very good at bossing people around. Janet stayed on when SeaZone was taken on by HR Wallingford Ltd and continued to gain valuable experience learning to work in a much larger organisation. Having left HR Wallingford she is delighted to have come full circle by joining her old crew at OceanWise as Customer Services Manager

Mother to three grown up daughters, Janet enjoys long dog walks, camping holidays and all things family.

George Wright – Information Systems Developer

George joined the OceanWise team in November 2014 as an Information Systems Apprentice. After spending 13 months at OceanWise George completed his apprenticeship and accepted a new role as an Information System Developer. As an apprentice George learnt how to use GIS systems, develop desktop/web applications using a variety of programming languages and develop/maintain relational databases. In his current role, George is responsible for the development and maintenance of in-house tools, the development of our data products and OceanWise’s online presence.

George follows football passionately and spends far too much of his time learning quirky stats about the game. He loves to play football and recently, with a push from OceanWise, he has even been able to enjoy a bit of sailing! George hopes to start a blog focused on his coding challenges and achievements that he hopes will contribute to the thriving community of programmers who freely provide experience and knowledge online.

Will Girard

Will Girard – Business Administration Apprentice

Will has joined OceanWise as Business Administration Apprentice seeking to gain a qualification while working. As an apprentice he will learn all the different aspects of the company and will work on different areas from the business side to IT. He has a keen interest in Geography and also enjoys work related to the environment, so working for OceanWise means he can combine these interests with his working life. Will is looking forward to developing his skills and knowledge in the marine environment, which is a new area for him.

In his personal life he is a keen footballer who enjoys following the sport and playing it. He also enjoys mountain biking and is now also starting an interest, thanks to OceanWise, in the shipping industry.