Seiche Water Technology Group promotes Mark Burnett to Chief Executive Officer

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Mark Burnett

Posted December 9, 2019

UK headquartered Seiche Water Technology Group, one of the world’s leaders in the provision of monitoring and measurement solutions for the marine and utilities industries, has announced that COO Mark Burnett has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. The announcement follows business owner Roy Wyatt’s move to Chairman of the Group, which has an £8 million turnover.

Spearheading the Group’s growth and expansion into new marine technology and environmental service solutions markets,Mark will be responsible for the strategic direction of the business, which provides Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM),marine environment and visual monitoring technology solutions to the oil and gas, renewables, marine construction, marine science, utilities, power and defence sectors.

Core to the future growth of the business, which has a presence in Houston USA and facilities in Cape Town South Africa, will be the expansion of Seiche’s range of full turnkey solutions. These encompass the delivery of field recording equipment, provision of in-field technicians, remote monitoring and operation of equipment, the development and delivery of specialised software, data analysis services and reporting, as well as project management.

Among Seiche Water Technology Group’s rapidly growing portfolio of solutions is its range of AutoNaut wave propelled Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). These integrate with Seiche’s range of Passive Acoustic Monitoring devices and environmental measurement solutions, as well as third party technology. Acting as long endurance data collection hubs with built-in sensors to collect, communicate and relay data to clients worldwide, AutoNaut is seen by the business as one of its most exciting and diverse revenue streams.

AutoNaut expands Seiche’s suite of marine technology and environmental service solutions, which include digital and analogue hydrophones/arrays, connected and telemetry modular buoy systems, as well as thermal-imaging cameras. Used by operators of offshore assets such as seismic contractors, windfarm operators and defence organisations, Seiche’s products are hired or sold as stand-alone solutions, but can also form part of Seiche’s end-to-end turnkey solution service.

Commenting on his promotion to CEO, Mark said: "The development of innovative technology solutions to promote and protect the environment lies at the heart of everything that we do here at Seiche Water Technology Group. We have an incredible team who are constantly striving to deliver ground-breaking solutions for the next set of challenges ahead, enabling us to deliver cutting-edge technology to clients the world over. Combined with our turn-key offering, we enable businesses to undertake marine monitoring swiftly, cost-effectively and accurately.”

Mark added: “It is my privilege to take up the role of CEO and to continue to grow a resilient and meaningful business for our staff and our clients,while delivering value to our shareholders.”

Mark joined Seiche as UK Regional Director in November 2016, before being promoted to COO in March 2018. Previous to joining Seiche, Mark was Chief Executive Officer of WGP Group.

Mark commenced his career working offshore with Western Geophysical (now WesternGeco, a Schlumberger company) before taking up shore-based roles within GeoMarine and then Westland GeoProjects Ltd (WGP).The initial focus at WGP was the acquisition of niche and frontier marine geophysical surveys and establishing regional offices in Houston and Sakhalin, Russia whilst in the latter years he focused on the Permanent Reservoir Monitoring sector with BP, Equinor, ConocoPhillips and Shell as key champions.

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Notes to editor:

Seiche Water Technology Group provides monitoring and measurement solutions for the marine and utilities industries in the UK and across the world. Comprising Seiche, Seiche Environmental, Seiche Training, AutoNaut (Unmanned Surface Vessels) and Ashridge Engineering, the group has unparalleled access to R&D, design, manufacturing, deployment, installation and support.

AutoNaut unmanned surface vessels (USVs) are powered entirely by renewable energy so consume no fossil fuels. AutoNaut can independently complete missions of many weeks in harsh marine environments, removing safety risks for offshore operations. Able to fit a range of sensors onboard, AutoNaut has a range of applications for marine science, the oil and gas, and defence sectors.

AutoNaut USVs recently provided environmental monitoring for The Ocean Cleanup in the Pacific Ocean. This ambitious multi-national effort has the aim of physically removing plastic litter from our seas. From its base in the UK, the company remotely operates the USV to provide vital scientific data to support the project.

In collaboration with University of East Anglia, an AutoNaut USV has been developed to carry and deploy a buoyancy-propelled Hydroid SeaGlider. In 2020/2021, the AutoNaut will transit to the Antarctic and release the SeaGlider. Both marine autonomous systems will acquire scientific data to inform research on climate change.

Seiche Water Technology Group is headquartered in Bradworthy, North Devon. Seiche Environmental Ltd, part of the Group, is based in Norwich. Ashridge Engineering, part of the Group, is based in Okehampton. AutoNaut, part of the Group, is based in Chichester.