About Ocius

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.

The team behind Ocius

Mark Bethwaite AM

Mark Bethwaite AM

Chairman

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 Ocius 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 1999 he formed a Company which built a number of award winning hybrid solar ferries and in 2013 pivoted the technology to building uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) for 'dual use' applications. Since then the Company has been profitable and based at the University of New South Wales working with multiple partners in Australia, including selling and operating vessels for the Royal Australian Navy.

Lee Goddard

Lee Goddard CSC

Non-Executive Director

RADM Lee Goddard is the Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Missile Corporation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AUSTAL, the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, Pymble Ladies College and the Leeuwin Ocean Adventures Foundation. He is an Advisor to the Minderoo Foundation and SALUS and the Chairman (Race Director) of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Prior to assuming his current industry roles, he was dual appointed as Commander, Maritime Border Command and Operation Sovereign Borders, responsible for the law enforcement and operational oversight of Australia’s maritime economic and security zones. This was preceded by a two-year secondment into the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. On promotion to Commodore in late 2014 he assumed the role of Commander Surface Fleet, commanding 18 major warships and he has commanded warships and joint agency Taskforces at every senior Navy rank from Commander to Rear Admiral. He continues to serve as an active RAN Reserve officer following 34 years full time service up until January 2021 and is currently leading the CDF Inclusive Leadership Review.

Mark Binsken

Mark Binskin AC

Defence & National Security Advisor

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (Ret’d) was Chief of the Defence Force of Australia from 2014-2018, Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2011-2014) and Chief of Air Force (2008-2011). In 2020, he was Chair of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. He is currently Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Pacific Security College Advisory Board, and is a Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems Australia and Nihon Cyber Defence.

As Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) successfully led the Australian Defence Force, comprising 80,000 permanent and reserve personnel, to significantly improve capabilities and responses to major global events and championed organisational change across areas of national security, culture, diversity and leadership performance. .

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

Director

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.

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.

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.

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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
contact@ocius.com.au

Open Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun: Closed