The EPE Team


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.


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.


DEAN DICKSON ISR, C2 and UAS  

Dean Dickson joined EPE in June 2010 after having supported the ADF in Afghanistan for 2 years providing ECM expertise. Prior to this Dean served in the British Army as a Royal Signals Technician and moved into 18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment in Hereford providing tech support to tactical operations. Dean has extensive operational experience having completed 8 operational tours including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland.


SHAUN GRAHAM, EOD AND SEARCH MANAGER  

Shaun has spent the last ten years in the commercial sector working closely with Defence and Police on varied EOD/IEDD projects. During this time Shaun developed an extensive network of contacts within the EOD/ IEDD community. Shaun spent 16 years in the Specialist Clearance Diving Branch in the Royal Australian Navy; much of this time was focused in the field on Mine Counter Measures and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).


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.


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.


GRANT PHILLIPS, MAINTENANCE 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.


IAIN SWAN, ALL HAZARDS THREAT DETECTION 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.