Board of Directors

About Us

Board of Directors

Our board of Directors


Chairman - Kevin Lyon

An experienced company Chairman and Non Exec Director, Kevin has held Board appointments across a range of industries including energy, telecoms, retail, printing and leisure covering both service and manufacturing. Non exec Director of the year 2013 and former Managing Director of 3i, where he spent 1998-2004.

Graeme Sword  - Blue Water Energy

Co-founded Blue Water Energy in 2011. Graeme’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Graeme is involved in investment activities across the entire energy industry.

Martin Somerville - Blue Water Energy

Joined Blue Water Energy in 2013. Martin’s responsibilities include deal origination, structuring/execution, monitoring and exit. Martin has specialised in the Oilfield Services sector for the past 10 years including roles at RBC Capital Markets, HitecVision Private Equity and KPMG Corporate Finance.

Ihab Toma - Board member

Ihab's professional experience spans many functional positions, including line-management, sales and marketing, Geoscience information solutions, operations, HR, and R&D. He has long-term expertise in the oil and gas industry having held several leading positions at Transocean Ltd and previously with Schlumberger. His last positions with Transocean included EVP Operations and EVP Chief of Staff. He is also Senior Advisor to First Reserve, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm focusing on energy.

Ian Hudson - Chief Executive Officer

Ian joined Drilling Systems in March 2016. Prior to becoming CEO, Ian spent 10 years with leading Drilling Contractor Transocean in a variety of leadership positions including Directors of Marketing, Asset Divestitures, Operations Support, Field HR, Global Talent Management and QHSE. Ian has lived and worked in the U.S, Europe and Middle East. He has a degree in Marine Biology and a PhD in Ecology.

Clive Battisby  - Chief Operating Officer

Clive joined Drilling Systems in 1990 and assumed the responsibility of CEO at the time of acquisition of the company by Blue Water in April 2015. He has been a key contact throughout the company's evolution and is well known throughout the industry.  He is responsible for ensuring the on time delivery of projects to Clients, technical Sales and on-site simulator delivery.

Stephen Dines - Chief Financial Officer

Stephen joined Drilling Systems as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Stephen has over 16 years of financial experience, including roles at Meggitt Plc, QinetiQ Plc and Chemring Plc. Most recently he was Finance Director and then Commercial Director at Heatric, a division of Meggitt Plc supplying capital equipment to the oil and gas markets. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Ed Ramsay  - Sales and Marketing Director

Ed has been with Drilling Systems for 20 years and is widely recognised throughout the oilfield. He is responsible for new and repeat sales to Clients, new business tenders and bringing new products to the market.