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. He was awarded the Association of Marine Scientific Industries (AMSI) Business Person of the Year in 2017.
Caroline Levey – Managing 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.
Since leaving PLA she has worked for Metoc (now Intertek) and SeaZone, where she was involved in developing GIS based software for companies like Airbus and was integral in the building of SeaZone Marine 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. Being passionate about data management Caroline is keen to help others in the marine industry follow best practice so they are as efficient as possible.
Out of work, competitive sport has taken a back seat to taxi and pit crew for my children’s sporting interests – spending most weekends in muddy fields! Caroline also supports their cycling club (Solent Pirates) as Club Secretary.
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!
Ralph Bostock – Monitoring Business Manager
Ralph is an experienced metocean scientist with 14 years of experience in project management, marine surveying and the application of marine data. He has supported numerous offshore renewables, dredging, underwater mining and coastal engineering projects throughout the UK and Europe. Ralph is sector manager for our Environmental Monitoring business stream and has an important role managing accounts, projects and team members as well as helping develop our monitoring products and services.
Based on Hayling Island with his wife and two sons, he enjoys spending time on the water or climbing whenever he can.
Katie Eades – Marketing Manager
Katie joined OceanWise in early 2018 and works in ensuring the development and delivery of OceanWise’s Marketing strategy and Marketing portfolio. Katie has a degree in Marketing and a wide variety of experience spanning Marketing and Sales / Key Account Management. She has worked in a number of industries including Government, Wine and more recently Bathrooms.
Katie is well traveled and spent 5 years after her degree working and exploring throughout Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.
Katie has two young sons with whom she shares a passion for all things out doors. She is a keen skier/snowboarder, swimmer and loves walking and spending time with friends and family.
Elvedin Rosic – Engineering Manager
Elvedin is an electronics and electrical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the marine industry. He has worked on the design and installation on a wide range of different power and data systems, incorporating various types of instrumentation and satellite and terrestrial telecommunications equipment. He has many years’ field experience, deploying and maintaining data buoys and other systems in the coastal zone, and inshore and offshore waters, worldwide. His present role is as Engineering Manager in which he is responsible for enhancing OceanWise’s growing environmental monitoring systems capability.
Andrew Bell – Information Systems Manager
Andrew Bell has 16 years experience working in the geospatial industry and a lifetime passion for all things to do with the sea. Following on from completing his MSc in Geographical Information Systems he has been developing corporate geospatial infrastructures in a number of government organisations, mostly recently as an independent consultant for the public and private sectors. Andrew joins OceanWise as an Information Systems Manager and will be working with our operations team. He has strong spatial database skills, in particular with PostgreSQL/PostGIS as well as strengths in QGIS, FME and Geoserver.
A keen sailor, Andrew competes in offshore and inshore yacht races as well as taking time to go cruising and enjoys exploring new waters.
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.
James Rapaport – Senior Information Systems Developer
James is a developer and GIS expert with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked as a consultant, developer and product manager. He has knowledge of a range of open source and proprietary industry packages and libraries including ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL and FME. James is familiar with standards that are relevant to the industry including those from OGC, ISO and W3C and seeks to implement them where appropriate. James is focused on developing applications for managing OceanWise’s data products, designing and implementing a web API for OceanWise’sPort-Log product and managing systems providing spatial web services using off-the-shelf open source products.
James’s interests outside work extend to running and landscape photography.
Steve Bourne – Information Systems Developer
Steve joined OceanWise in December 2018 bringing with them 7 years’ experience in web-based systems development. Of those 7 years they spent 4 years working on website maintenance and development and 3 years developing in-flight entertainment software for private aircrafts – after tackling the skies they decided to move their attention to the seas!
Steve is now a core part of the OceanWise technical team and is responsible for the development and maintenance of front facing websites and external projects as well as supporting and developing in-house tools.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys painting miniatures and spending time with their family and friends.
Dai Atkins – Oceanographic Engineer
Dai is an experienced field operative and project manager who has been maintaining and upgrading coastal based monitoring systems for several years. He has a wide range of expertise and experience, including in bioscience, construction and quality assurance, and is also a qualified electrical and gas engineer, all useful skills which he brings to the OceanWise’s Field Operations Team. Dai has a wide understanding of – and respect for – the marine environment through his pursuit as a recreational SCUBA diver and instructor.
Amy Thompson – Oceanographic Data Engineer
Amy joined the OceanWise team in 2019 as a Junior Oceanographic Data Engineer supporting both the Technical and Operations team. Amy graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with a Masters degree in Oceanography. In the few years following her graduation she has been exploring the world travelling around South East Asia and Australia.
In her free time she is an active gardener and even grows her own vegetables! She is passionate about the planet and tries to live as sustainably as possible. She enjoys cooking, hiking and attempting to surf. She loves the outdoors and being by the sea.
Becky Conway – Internal Sales and Oceanographic Engineer
Becky’s joins OceanWise as an Internal Sales and Oceanographic Engineer. Becky will have an important role supporting the marketing function with business and product development as well as supporting field activities in Scotland.
Becky has a Masters degree in Oceanography and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Hydrography for Professionals along with 10 years of experience working in the marine and specifically the Ports and Harbours sector where she was Principal Hydrographic Surveyor for Associated British Ports at the Port of Southampton. During her time at the Port, she had a vast amount of hands-on experience implementing and working with OceanWise’s products.
Now based in the North East of Scotland, Becky enjoys spending time with her young son and family, exploring the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches of Aberdeenshire from the land and sea.
Will Girard – Operations Assistant
Will joined OceanWise as Business Administration Apprentice in September 2016 seeking to gain a qualification while working. As an apprentice he learnt all the different aspects of the company and worked 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. Having completed his apprenticeship in March 2018 he has taken on the new role as Operations Assistant where he, amongst other tasks, will be assisting with OceanWise’ data products updates and website maintenance.
In his personal life he is a keen footballer who enjoys following the sport and playing it. In his spare time he enjoys cycling whenever he can whether it be off or on road.
Shane Djokey – Junior Information Systems Developer
Shane joined OceanWise in September 2020 as an Information Systems Apprentice. He feels passionate about Web Development and studied this in his spare time alongside full time employment with SSE Networks. Shane has also studied Music at an HND level. He has explored various parts of Europe after he moved with his family from sunshine state California.
He dedicates his free time to attempting the discipline of Powerlifting. He enjoys long walks, eating copious amounts of food, and playing video games. In April 2022 he passed his apprenticeship with a distinction and took on the new role as Junior Informations Systems Developer.
Tirren Ambroziak – Junior Oceanographic Data Engineer
Tirren Ambroziak joins us as a Junior Oceanographic Data Engineer. Tirren has a Masters in Oceanography from University of Southampton and will be supporting both our operations and field teams working on a combination of projects. Tirren will be involved in building our mapping products alongside using her Oceanographic knowledge to support our data platform Port-Log. Tirren will also be acting as a trainee field engineer. Outside of work Tirren enjoys doing anything that involves being out on the water. She is a keen sailor, paddle boarder and swimmer and can often be found either out on the water or under it, regardless of the weather. In addition, she enjoys trying new food and travelling, always on the look out for her next adventure!
Jon Taylor – Oceanographic Engineer
Dr Taylor specialises in the acquisition, analysis and reporting of marine environmental data. He has a PhD in coastal oceanography and over 30 years’ experience in coastal and offshore oceanographic, hydrographic and geophysical surveying and the associated instrumentation. During his career he has worked in over 15 countries, holding the post of Technical Director for companies in marine surveying, coastal and civil engineering, and working with clients in the fields of oil and gas, renewable energy, ports and harbours, dredging and water resources. Jon has an extensive research background, having held research positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Southampton, East Anglia, Greenwich and Sussex.
As Field Operations Manager, Jon is responsible for OceanWise’s installation and maintenance team, and provides expertise in the design, specification and execution of marine environmental monitoring systems and programmes, hydrographic and geodetic survey, and the analysis and interpretation of marine datasets. He has considerable expertise in marine sediments and is a member of the Dredging Association’s Working Group on Turbidity Monitoring
John Pepper – Non-Executive 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.