The EPE Team

Warwick Penrose

WARWICK PENROSE, MANAGING DIRECTOR  

Warwick Penrose is the Managing Director of EPE, a group of companies providing C-IED, C-CBRN, C-Narcotic, C-Drone, ECM and Deployable Infrastructure capability to our clients in Australia, New Zealand, the US and the wider APAC region. Warwick has been in  this role since 2010.

Ian Mascord

IAN MASCORD, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER and COMPANY SECRETARY 

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.

Rob Rdye, innovation project manage

ROB EDYE, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS

Rob joined EPE in April 2021.  He brings a mix of military and corporate experience, having spent twenty years with the Royal Marines and the Australian Defence Force and three as a transformation project manager within the financial sector.  He has a Master’s degree in project management and has worked on a variety of projects to deliver business improvement and implementation of new capabilities.   He brings a collaborative approach that is focused on integrating and aligning ideas across functional areas.

Andy Cross Main

ANDY CROSS, GENERAL MANAGER,
NEW ZEALAND 

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.

Iain Swan Main

IAIN SWAN, VICE PRESIDENT,
EPE INTERNATIONAL

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).

Chris Panteli Main

CHRIS PANTELI, LEAD CAPABILITY MANAGER, EOD & TACTICAL SYSTEM

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.

David Byrne Main

DAVID BYRNE, CAPABILITY MANAGER, CBRN

David Byrne comes to EPE with over 14 years of operational service with the Queensland Police Service, most of this time as a Bomb Technician with the Explosive Ordnance Response Team. David has joined the EPE Team with a wealth of experience in both training and operational environments.

Geoff Burchell

GEOFF BURCHELL, CAPABILITY MANAGER, SEARCH 

Geoff Burchell joins EPE following 14 years of dedicated service in the Australian Army where he specialised in EOD/IEDD, Engineer High Risk Search and CBRND.
As an EOD technician, Geoff has experience across the spectrum of EOD operations including Conventional Munition Disposal, IED, Manual Access Render Safe and CBRN with operational experience across several theatres.

Seamus Obrien

SEAMUS O’BRIEN, CAPABILITY MANAGER, TRAINING & EXPLOITATION

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.

David McDonald Specialist Trainer Portrait

DAVID MCDONALD, SPECIALIST TRAINER 

David joined the EPE team in October 2020 as a dedicated Specialist Trainer. Over 13yrs David has had extensive experience within the Royal Australian Engineer Corps as a High-Risk Search Team Commander and an Explosive Ordnance Technician. He has experience over all aspects of Search and EOD including Conventional Munition Disposal, Counter IED Operations, CBRN and Manual Access Render Safe. David’s experience includes deploying on Military Operations Overseas and at home in a Domestic role.

Keith Molison

KEITH MOLLISON, PROJECT MANAGER 

Keith joined EPE following careers in both the UK and Australian Army, specialising in EOD and Counter IED. Keith was commissioned into the British Army in 1983, and was trained as an Ammunition Technical Officer specialising in EOD. He served in numerous operational, training and command appointments within the UK’s EOD and IEDD community.

Dave Rye

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.

Jeremy Martin

JEREMY MARTIN, CAPTURE MANAGER

Jeremy Martin joined EPE in July 2021 with over 17 years’ experience in high-growth Aerospace and Defence technology companies.

Craig Jolly

CRAIG JOLLY, CAPTURE MANAGER, LAND DOMAIN

Craig joined EPE in February 2021 as Capture Manager for the Land Domain. He is a motivated and well-respected military executive with over 35 years of proven experience in complex operational environments. He is renowned for developing innovative solutions to counter emerging threats; developing strategic and operational counter-threat capability and training; and the execution of training in support of operations.

DALE O'CONNOR, CAPILITY TECHNICAL ADVISOR

DALE O’CONNOR, CAPABILITY TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Dale O’Connor brings to EPE a wealth of operational, training, and technical validation / certification experience in the EOD, CIED and C-CBRN fields. Prior to joining the EPE team Dale spent 23 years in the Australian Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and more recently spent time in the UAE as Specialist CBRNE specialist trainer and advisor.

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BEN EVANS, CAPTURE AND CAPABILITY, SPECIAL PROJECTS

Ben joins EPE following 17 years of service within the Australian Army, including a decade of specialisation within the Defence complex procurement environment.

Ben ‘s early career saw him undertake regimental and training command postings within the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. Following operational deployment with the Special Operations Task Group Ben worked within the Combat Training Centre assisting in the pre-deployment training & certification for higher headquarter units.

BEN SORENSEN, DIRECTOR INNOVATION & COMMERCIALISATION 

Ben Sorensen joined EPE in August 2022 and brings over 26 years of commercial experience to EPE. Ben leads EPE Innovation and is focused on delivering game-changing capabilities and competitive advantage for Australia.

Robbie Wild Engineering Team Lead

ROBBIE WILD, INNOVATION MANAGER

Robbie Wild joined EPE in 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering and graduating with honours. He has provided a high level of mechanical and electrical engineering expertise to the team along with developing project management skills utilised in multiple Innovation projects to date. Robbie conducted his undergraduate thesis on using Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radar to see through mediums such as grass and walls, for object detection and map augmentation. This created in him the desire to pursue new technologies and focus on innovation which has led to Robbie becoming EPE’s Innovation Engineer.

Jacob Oestreich Mechatronics Engineer

JACOB OESTREICH, MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING 

Jacob joined EPE in July 2021 as a Mechatronics Engineer. Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics. Since graduating he has worked at CSIRO’s Data61 as an Industrial Trainee and then Mechatronics Engineer with a focus on legged climbing robots. His work in research and development spanned many facets of robotics. Involving mechanical design, electronic systems design, sensor integration and software development. This contributed towards adding the capability for climbing in discontinuous and unknown environments and a new platform with more robust adhesion, capable of carrying greater payloads.

Samuel Cleary Mechatronics Engineer

SAM CLEARY, UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEER, MECHATRONICS

Studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Mechatronics, Sam’s work at EPE focuses on innovation projects and integration of different payloads such as search equipment and CBRNe sensors onto our robotic platforms that are in-service with ADF and Police.