Neil has executive responsibility for the overall operations and performance of all companies within BlueZone Group. Neil served thirteen years in the Royal Navy before joining the commercial sector and has built project management experience through significant roles in major Defence projects. Neil managed the Test and Trials Program for the six ships constructed for the Royal Australian Navy Minehunter Coastal Project. At Thales Underwater Systems, Neil was Project Manager for the $9 million Acoustic Mine Imaging Sonar project, a world leading research and development initiative.
Andrew has extensive operations management experience ranging from market analysis, due diligence and acquisitions, to commercial, HR, IR, safety and quality matters. Andrew’s strong background in government relations, combined with developing and managing clients, supply chain and other stakeholder relationships has seen him successfully negotiate and manage contracts up to USD $62 million. With more than eight years’ experience delivering Hydrographic, Oceanographic and Geophysical systems within Australia and throughout South East Asia, Andrew brings a wealth of experience and a customer-centric approach to his role. Andrew holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (International Business) and an Advanced Diploma of Complex Project Management.
Dan joined BlueZone Group in 2018 and rapidly gained experience applying his mechatronics engineer degree training to diverse projects including inspection robots for harsh pipeline conditions and design of sonar deployment systems for Army littoral survey. Dan is focused on learning and building experience in systems engineering as it is applied for projects for the Australian Defence Force. His work in both design and obsolescence management has led to a strong belief in the value of high-quality engineering documentation. In 2022 Dan was promoted to Engineering Manager and leads a team of electrical, electronic and mechatronic engineers that provide sustainment, upgrade and design of uncrewed systems, maritime robotics and undersea sensors.
Kathryn joined the BlueZone team in 2020 and is responsible for the finance, administration, and marketing activities for the Group. She completed her MBA with a major in marketing, is a member of CPA Australia, and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle. Kathryn’s background in both the mining and manufacturing industries has given her extensive experience in financial management, process improvement, human resource management, negotiation, and change management.
Mark has been in the hydrographic surveying business for the past 34 years. He has spent 23 years in the RAN as a hydrographic surveyor, followed by 8 years with ATLAS Hydrographic. Mark managed the support of hydrographic and navigation equipment, along with the responsibility of installing the equipment onto Hydrographic Survey ships operated by the Royal Australian Navy. Mark has a Diploma in Hydrographic Surveying and brings a hands-on approach to supporting customers with sales and service of oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Mark has also completed training in Caris and Hypack and can support customers in the use of these products.
In 2000, Darren Burrowes and Neil Hodges founded the company that has grown to become BlueZone Group. Darren brings a background in Electrical Engineering and served as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Neil served with the Royal Navy, including operational Mine Counter Measures experience in the Arabian Gulf in two conflicts. Darren and Neil have always shared a strong vision to enable Australia’s MCM capability through the provision of excellence in service, support, and engineering of remotely operated vehicle technology for Navy operations. In time, this vision has grown larger, enabling many organisations to operate in Australia’s deep oceans, coastal seas and rivers with the world’s leading marine technologies.