Find out about the history behind Ocius and the support network that has helped along the journey.

Our Culture

We are an agile Australian company that respects our stakeholders, our team and the ocean environment in which our products operate.

Our Mission

To develop innovative, autonomous solutions for persistent maritime surveillance.

Solar Sail

The team behind Ocius

Mark Bethwaite AM

Mark Bethwaite AM


Mark has a degree in Engineering and an MBA and has been CEO of two large mining companies and one of Australia’s leading industry associations. Mark represented Australia in sailing in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and has won World Championships in three international classes. Mark was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in early 2011 for services to industry and to sailing.

Mark has been a shareholder in OCIUS since 2000. In 2013 he ably took over as Chairman from the Hon Bob Hawke, adding his invaluable skills to the board and our team.

Robert Dane

Robert Dane

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Dane is founder and CEO. In 1996, Robert, a passionate sailor and environmentalist, invented and patented the 'solarsail' and designed the first 'solarsailor' prototype which won the Advanced Technology Boat Race in Canberra in 1997.

In 2001, the first commercial 'solarsailor' ferry using the technology won the Australian Design Award of the Year. Robert is Intel Environment Laureate 2007, the WWF Future Maker 2012 and in 2017 Robert was awarded the Spitfire Memorial Defence Association Fellowship. He leads a great team of engineers.

Andrew Aitken

Andrew Aitken

Director and Ocius Corporate Lawyer

Andrew practices principally in the areas of commercial law, succession and estate planning. Andrew provides advice on the sale and purchase of businesses and companies, corporate governance, risk management and a wide range of issues facing SME owners, including intellectual property, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts.

Rick Turner

Rick Turner


Rick has a strong background at operational and senior management level in the Australian manufacturing sector. He has identified, evaluated and successfully implemented new equipment and technology from Europe and the USA. He has also worked in Asia in GPS related industries.

A shareholder in Solar Sailor then Ocius since 2011, Rick has been a consistent supporter of Ocius and brings to the Board his considerable manufacturing and innovation skill set.

Lloyd Breckenridge

Lloyd Breckenridge

Chief Engineer

Lloyd has over 30 years of experience as a software engineer working in varied roles for both large organisations and small innovative companies in Australia and overseas. Lloyd was a key member of Team Thunder, who successfully competed in the 2014 UAV Challenge Outback Rescue competition run by the CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology.

He has had considerable sailing experience having started sailing at an early age on Lake Macquarie. In his current role as Chief Engineer for OCIUS Technology Ltd he feels he has found his dream job.

Catherine Lloyd

Catherine Lloyd

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Catherine has a Bachelor of Business from UTS, is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Catherine has over 25 years experience in finance and governance in both the listed and not-for-profit environments. She has held roles including, CFO, Company Secretary, Non-executive Director, Committee Chair and Treasurer across public companies, private companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Peter Wlodarczyk

Peter Wlodarczyk

Chief Technology Officer

Graduating from the University of Newcastle with a BE (Computer Engineering), Peter has over 20 years experience as a computer systems/software engineer in defense, IT and medical device industries. For the last 15 years, Peter has worked for ResMed as a software engineer, system engineer and researcher, innovating new products for sleep apnea and respiratory failure.

He has developed a keen interest in UAVs, working with Lloyd in a team that successfully completed the 2014 UAV Challenge Outback Rescue competition run by the CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology. Peter’s current role is Ocius Lead Software Engineer Peter running a team of software engineers and research projects.

Ian Milliner

Ian Milliner

Business Development Manager

Ian is a company director, business, project and training manager, with extensive experience in the maritime, subsea, defence and logistics industries. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His working life started as a Clearance Diver in the RAN, including service in SASR. Recent Defence roles have seen him manage projects in submarine rescue, and teams conducting pressurised submarine escape training. He has served on numerous boards, including the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme and the Navy Clearance Diver Trust.

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Ocius Headquarters
Building R13
UNSW Randwick Campus
22 King St, Randwick NSW 2031

Postal Address
Mail PO Box 4304 Castlecrag
NSW 2068

General Enquiries:
+61 2 9924 6400

Open Hours:
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