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.
Scott joined EPE in October 2018 as Director Capability. He is a highly regarded senior executive with over 28 years of proven leadership and management experience in the design, development and implementation of solutions to complex threat environments; capability and training development; and addressing organisational risk challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
James Gatley joins EPE following a successful ADF career and recent Defence Industry experience. James started his ADF career as a communicator, this experience included managing deployable networks and supporting tactical elements. During this time he deployed to Iraq with the Australian Army Training Team in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROB EDYE, INNOVATION PROJECT MANAGER
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.
ROBBIE WILD, ENGINEERING TEAM LEAD
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 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.
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.