WARWICK PENROSE, DIRECTOR
Warwick Penrose has over 15 years experience in the CIED/CBRN community. As a Royal Australian Engineer Officer (Mine Warfare and High Risk Search Instructor, IEDD, EOD, CBRNE and Improvised Nuclear Device Disposal) Warwick assisted with the development of, and later commanded Australia’s first CBRNE Counter Terrorism Disposal Capability.
This capability played an instrumental role in securing the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2002, whilst on an operational tour with NATO in Bosnia Herzegovina, Warwick established the ‘SEARS Foundation’, an NGO created to reduce the high land mine threat from the waterways of that country. His service was recognised by a NATO Commander’s Commendation for re-structuring NATO’s incident management procedures for this theatre, as well as for the establishment of the ‘SEARS Foundation’.
Previous to Warwick becoming the director of EPE, he spent the last 7 years as the Asia Pacific Manager of Allen-Vanguard, the world’s largest specialist CIED/CBRN manufacturing company. Warwick has successfully delivered a number of CIED/CBRN projects (Armoured White Fleet vehicles with fully integrated Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), Force Protection, EOD, ECM, Weapons Technical Intelligence training, CBR Live Agent Training) and currently supports a substantial CIED/CBRN/ECM fleet of equipment into the Australian Military and Police Forces.
SEAMUS O’BRIEN, GENERAL MANAGER
Seamus O’Brien joined EPE in November 2010. Seamus brings with him a wealth of operational and training experience in the Counter IED arena. Prior to joining EPE Seamus was the Director of Training at Hazard Management Solutions (HMS) for six years where he designed, developed and often delivered Counter IED related training to military and police forces around the world.
Seamus was responsible for designing the first internationally recognised Weapons Intelligence Team training course that has been delivered to Armed Forces in over twenty countries including USA, Canada and Australia. Prior to working in the commercial sector, Seamus served as an Ammunition Technical Officer in the Brittish Army for 28 years. He has seen operational service in Iraq, Northern Ireland and mainland UK. Seamus also served at the Brittish Army’s IEDD training school, the Felix Centre, on three occasions including two years as the Senior Instructor.
Seamus will be using his wide knowledge of Counter IED operations and training to tailor the EPE consultancy, training and equipment solutions to best meet the needs of our customers.
CHRIS PANTELI, UGV AND TACTICAL MANAGER
Chris Panteli joined EPE after 18 years of service as a Royal Australian Engineer (EOD Tech). Chris joins the team with extensive knowledge in training and a substantial amount of operational experiences including three tours to Afghanistan. Two of these were with Special Operations Command, as an EOD Technician/Manager and as the Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM). The third tour with conventional forces, as the EOD Manager and the SSM.
Chris has successfully designed, developed and delivered training in all areas of EOD, EOR, CIED, ECM (manager), Search (advisor), CBRND (advisor), and Weapons Technical Intelligence (WTI). Chris has also had the opportunity to employ all of these specialist skills whilst on operations. Chris has dedicated over ten years to ensure that all EOD, EOR and Search members are professionally trained and prepared for operations. He has instructed at the School of Military Engineering in Combat Engineering and EOD. His last appointment within the Army was as the lead Observer/Trainer (OT) for 6 ESR, 20 EOD SQN.
Chris will continue to dedicate his time, knowledge and experience to understand requirements of our EPE clients and provide capability to meet these requirements.
KEITH MOLLISON, ECM MANAGER
Keith joined EPE following careers in both the UK and Australian Army, specializing in EOD and Counter IED. Keith was commissioned into the British Army in 1983, and was trained as an Ammunition Technical Officer specializing in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He served in numerous operational, training and command appointments within the United Kingdom’s EOD and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) community. Working closely with United Kingdom Police Forces, he provided IEDD and other specialist support to major events including the Commonwealth Games and VVIP protection. He commanded the UK’s principal EOD unit (11 EOD Regiment RLC) from 2001-2003.
During his 25 year career in the British Army, Keith also worked at the Defence Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Centre, and as a Lecturer and member of the Directing Staff at the Royal Military College of Science. He led overseas training teams to Zimbabwe and Malaysia, and was Deputy Chief Inspector of an UNSCOM team in Iraq. His final appointment in the British Army was as a Deputy Director of Intelligence within the UK’s Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS).
In 2008, Keith transferred to the Australian Army, where he served as the Chief of Staff to the Australian Defence Force Counter Improvised Explosive Device Task Force (ADF CIEDTF). He contributed to all aspects of the ADF’s Counter IED development, including direct support to troops deployed on operations, and liaison with the Australian Bomb Data Centre.
Keith is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), and a Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers.
GRANT PHILLIPS, THROUGH LIFE SUPPORT MANAGER
Grant Phillips joined the EPE team in January 2014 as the Maintenance Manager. Grant is an Electronics Technician with 13 years’ experience in the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. During his time in the military he specialised in instruments, optics, RADAR, electronic weapons platforms, biomedical engineering, guided weapons and ASLAV control systems. Grant has vast knowledge of workshop management including operational experience.
Grant was formerly a Field Support Representative for the Australian pacific region for a large communications company. Contracted to HQ 1 Division, Grant trained a diverse range of ADF students in the use of FP-ECM, with a strong focus on the MEAO. Grant brings his technical knowledge to the growing maintenance department to ensure the needs of our customer are met.
IAIN SWAN, ALL HAZARDS MANAGER
Iain came to EPE in 2011 after 28 years in the military, 24 years in the British Army followed by 4 years in the New Zealand Defence Force. During his military service he was trained and employed as an Ammunition Technician, commissioned in 2003 as an Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO). He has a strong background in all areas of EOD, particularly CBRN matters and served at the British Army School of Ammunition at Kineton as a Biological and Chemical Munitions Disposal Instructor and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Instructor. Iain also commanded the national response CBRNE Troop of the New Zealand Army. He has instructed and undertaken training in CBRN disciplines in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and in New Zealand. Iain has extensive experience of domestic and deployed EOD and CBRN operations in support of civil Police forces and military organisations.
Iain has served in operational EOD/IEDD roles in various countries with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in Weapons Intelligence roles. While serving in military EOD appointments Iain was involved in the security operations for many large sporting events, party conferences and VVIP protection operations in support of Police forces in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Falkland Islands and Central America with training and trials deployments to Africa, Canada and the USA. During his military career he was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery and the United States Bronze Star Medal for EOD Operations. Iain is also a Certified ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP).
ANDY CROSS, NEW ZEALAND MANAGER
Andy joined EPE in August 2016. Previous to joining EPE Andy spent 10 years with the New Zealand Defence Force, managing a team with responsibility for managing procurement, introduction into service and through-life management of the New Zealand Defence Force CBRNE, Combat Engineer, Ground Support and Deployable Infrastructure equipment. Prior to that Andy spent 8 years as a Sales & Marketing Manager with Marshall Land Systems, a division of the Marshall Group in the UK that designs, manufactures and integrates specialist vehicle shelter and container systems, with responsibility for military export markets. Before that Andy served 22 years in the British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers completing a variety of tours around the world.
This career path has provided, qualifications, skills and knowledge across a wide range of areas including:
- Integrated Logistic Support
- Programme and Project Management
- Business Development
- Sales & Marketing
- Supply Chain Management
- Quality Management
- Personnel Management
- Communication and Diplomacy
DAVID RYE, PROJECT MANAGER
David Rye joined EPE in April 2015. A highly motivated and well respected military executive, David has extensive experience in strategic level leadership and management positions. This expertise has been developed through 33 years of dedicated service in the Australian Army and through operational experience with international Defence Forces and the United Nations. Much of David military career has revolved around the CBRNE arena.
A calm and decisive leader, David’s most recent postings saw him as a senior adviser, providing strategic guidance to the Chief of Defence Force, Defence Ministerial staff and Service Chiefs. David was also the Commanding Officer of the School of Military Engineering where he led the development and training of over 800 Army personnel to deliver the combat engineering capability to Army. Encompassing various engineering domestic tasks from construction to disaster relief to counter terrorism.
IAN MASCORD, FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Ian has over 25 years Finance experience gained in companies engaged in Project related activities. Ian is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. Ian manages all Finance and Compliance related activities of EPE.
LEEANNE TOPP, SALES ADMINISTRATION
Leeanne Topp joined the EPE Team in 2014 as Sales Administrator. Leeanne has 20 years’ experience in office administration working in areas of sales, project management, maintenance and logistics. Leeanne manages the sales ordering process and all freight for EPE including all Border Protection, Biosecurity licensing requirements.
COLIN ROBSON, CAPTURE MANAGER
Colin Robson joined EPE in December 2014 in the role of Capture Manager for major new projects and programs. Colin previously worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in the US for 10 years, where he was a Capture Executive for CSC’s North American Public Sector (NPS) working on large (US$100M+), strategic opportunities identified as ‘Main Thrust’ for CSC NPS, positioning the company to respond and win opportunities supporting US Homeland Security and Law Enforcement (HSLE), Defence and Civil focused verticals.
Prior to working in the commercial sector, Colin served in the British Army for 20 years, as an Officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He completed two operational tours in Bosnia; deployed on multiple overseas assignments in roles as diverse as Arctic Warfare Instructor (AWI) in Norway and running a Junior Officer Staff Course as part of the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) in Namibia. His final tour of duty was as an Exchange Officer at the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from August 2001 until September 2004, leading programs for the development of Intelligence Analysis IT systems in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Colin’s professional qualifications include: MSc In Design of Information Systems, BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, Project Management Professional (PMP). He applies his diverse real life and technical experience to translate complex technical solutions and capabilities into well-defined value propositions that clearly relate to customer’s missions and needs.
NICOLE SAUER, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER
Nicole joined EPE in June 2010 after managing all the business aspects of the CBR company Counter Terrorism Solutions, which is now under the umbrella of EPE. Prior to this, she had an 18 year career as an Air Force Officer in both operational and administrative roles. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources and Administration Management and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science OH & S.
NARELLE HOFFMAN, MARKETING AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
For the five years prior to moving over to EPE, Narelle worked for Allen-Vanguard, the leading international manufacturer of Counter IED and CBRN equipment including the Med-Eng EOD9 bombsuit. In this role, she supported Warwick Penrose who managed the Asia Pacific Region for Allen-Vanguard. Narelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management. Narelle coordinates the marketing efforts of EPE including demonstration kit and supporting materials, communications, exhibitions and events, and internet presence including the EPE website, facebook page and youtube channel.