Our People

We are proud to offer a uniquely collaborative culture full of talented professionals. Our team blends the technical skills of our global network with result-oriented business acumen. Meet the Optilan team:

Bill Bayliss

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Bayliss

A part of the Optilan family since February 2020

Bill Bayliss has been actively involved in leadership positions in both the public and private industrial/energy sector; including living and working in North America, Middle East and Norway.

Bill started his career in support to the power generation and petrochemical businesses in a wide range of roles including project management, sales and commercial. He entered the oil and gas business with Brown and Root (B&R) in both London and Aberdeen. He subsequently moved to Norway with Kvaerner Engineering and returned back to UK with Kellogg B&R (KBR) fulfilling various roles including Senior Manager for the Hibernia Development in Canada, Business Manager for the Conoco Southern North Sea operations, maintenance and major project work before being promoted to KBR Global Operations and Maintenance Director.

In 2004, Bill moved to Petrofac to set up an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning support business that grew significantly from an initial seed corn start up investment, and within his role as Vice President, developed the business into five divisional areas with an annual turnover of circa $300 million and a support staff of 1,800. In 2009, he moved to Dubai as Chief Operating Officer of Topaz Engineering and was accountable for four business units with a circa $300 million turnover and over 4000 personnel.

Bill joined Viking Seatech in September 2011 as Group CEO to take the business through financial and organisational restructuring and professionalization. Bill led the sale of this HSBC private equity backed debt leveraged business which was sold in August 2013 for £150million to USA trade buyer Actuant.

At the end of 2014 Bill moved to work as an independent consultant helping a number of Private Equity houses including Bluewater Energy and Energy Ventures in their due diligence activities for the acquisition of various targets covering are Operational, Commercial (including financial elements), HSEQ, the supply chain, organisational structures and general management support.

In mid-2016 Bill joined ICR. As Group CEO, he developed and executed a comprehensive strategy with the “end in mind” that delivered valuable change not only in terms of EBITDA but attractiveness in terms of exit multiples with the addition of new organic product lines and geographies. At its peak under Bills guidance the business nearly doubled in size.

During late 2019, Bill decided to pursue other activities and has recently been appointed as the CEO of Optlian which is part of the Bluewater Energy portfolio.

From a personal perspective, Bill has a proven track record in meeting and exceeding annual financial growth targets without compromise to personnel safety or integrity.  He is commercially astute with experience in acquisitions, private equity leveraged businesses, IPOs and divestments. He is passionate about building teams with common goals so that there is clear alignment. Having lived and worked internationally, he has a great understanding of cultural diversity and how work is performed in different regions. He has a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and Risk Management.

Chris Yarwood

Engineering and Technology Director

Chris Yarwood

A part of the Optilan family since January 1993

Chris is responsible for leading the company-wide strategy to reinforce and enhance Optilan's position as an innovative leader, optimising investments in technology across the group. Supporting the management team, he oversees Optilan's design and build activities as well as the development of our technology portfolio.

Chris has been instrumental in delivering the technological scope of a large number of Optilan's key projects, including National Grid Cadent ISS Project, TANAP Pipeline Protection Project and Network Rail Kent SISS.

Prior to joining Optilan, Chris worked for GPT Telecommunications. He is a Chartered Engineer as well as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Tony Alexander

HSQE Director

Tony Alexander

A part of the Optilan family since March 2020

As HSEQ Director, Tony is responsible for providing support and guidance to the CEO and Leadership Team on HSEQ matters, as well as the delivery of the strategic HSEQ Improvement Plan. Tony manages a team of HSEQ professionals, providing day to day support to ongoing Optilan Projects worldwide,  as well as business facilities in all our countries of operation.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Tony has held senior management HSEQ positions within a range of major oil sector operators. These have included EnQuest and Bluewater Energy Services (Netherlands), as well as global oilfield services players such as Viking Seatech, ICR Integrity and Cortez Subsea.

Tony holds a Bsc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an C.Eng M.I.MechE industry accreditation.

Kate Davies

Project Delivery Director

Kate Davies

A part of the Optilan family since July 2020

Kate is responsible for resource and project management functions, leading the planning and delivery of all capacity planning, forecasting, and project profitably. This includes continually reviewing and improving internal processes and tools, driving efficiency and business growth.

Prior to joining Optilan, Kate was the Director of Projects at Rolls Royce, Bergen Engines. She has also previously held senior positions at General Electric, Alstom and E.ON. Kate has spent the last ten years taking the lead on major multi-million pound Power Generation Projects - retrofitting new technology into existing Gas and Coal power stations across Europe.

Kate graduated from the University of Hull with a BA Business Management degree and went on to gain a MSc in Project Management from the University of Manchester.

Laura Meneaud

HR Director

Laura Meneaud

A part of the Optilan family since March 2018

Laura Meneaud is the Human Resources Director for Optilan.

With a successful career spanning over 13 years as an HR Director for various companies, Laura has been instrumental in shaping and implementing the talent acquisition strategy for the group.

Capitalising on her approachable and dynamic nature, Laura is involved in all aspects of the employee life cycle. This includes recruitment, employee engagement and relations, learning and development, as well as working alongside the Leadership team in driving forward the People plan for the business.

As part of her role, Laura oversees the company's human capital function and its strategic plans to help realise the company's vision and objectives.

Tim Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Gray

A part of the Optilan family since January 2008

As the CFO, Tim is in charge of the financial planning, record keeping and monetary health of Optilan, as well as managing its financial risk . He works alongside other members of the executive management team to determine an overall direction for the company.

Over the last 22 years Tim has focused on working with Private Equity and private investors. This has involved managing growth and turnaround situations, with a strong emphasis on process improvement, corporate structuring, cost and cash control.

Tim has held Board positions for 25 years in various international commercial businesses including construction, printing and manufacturing before moving into telecoms system engineering as part of managment buy-out at Optilan.

Tim has a business degree from Coventry University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988.

Bal Kler

Sales and Marketing Director

Bal Kler

A part of the Optilan family since January 2000

Bal is Optilan's dedicated Sales and Marketing Director, upholding 20 years of service for the company. Bal is responsible for the delivery of group sales budget and marketing activities, within Optilan’s dynamic, fast-paced environment.

While with the firm Bal has led major projects sales, including: Shah Deniz Phase 1 & 2, Channel Tunnel Rail Link Phase 2, Cairn Rajasthan Development project, TANAP pipeline security and leak detection system and Security Enhancement Project for Shell in Nigeria.

Bal has an engineering background and prior to joining the company, he was the Sales Manager at Transmitton Limited for the Oil and Gas division.

Eamonn Brady

Sales Director Telecoms, CNI & Rail UK

Eamonn Brady

A part of the Optilan family since January 2004

Eamonn is responsible for the delivery of sales and sales management across various key sectors including transport, telecoms and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).

His role includes developing key growth sales strategies, tactics and action plans.

Prior to joining Optilan, Eamonn has held a number of Sales Management roles with telecoms organisations, such as Marconi, Global One and BT.

Andrew Rushton

Sales Director Energy UK/ EU

Andrew Rushton

A part of the Optilan family since July 2019

Andrew is the Sales Director for the Energy Sector for Europe and North Africa.

Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the position spanning diverse market sectors. Prior to Optilan, he has had 25 years in various commercial roles, including international assignments in Azerbaijan and the Middle East. He has led teams and growth initiatives together with leading and supporting international sales teams on global pursuits.

Andrew is an Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate from Salford University. His professional accreditation's include: a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET), a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng), and a registered Engineer (Eur Ing) with Fédération Européene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingénieurs (FEANI)

Jerry Worsley

Regional Sales Director for Middle East

Jerry Worsley

A part of the Optilan family since July 2018

Jerry is the Regional Sales Director for Optilan's Dubai office, covering the Middle East, India and Caucasus.

During his career, Jerry has been involved in a number of major projects including: Leak detection system at the UK's largest LNG import terminal, TANAP the world's longest pipeline monitoring system and BP Khazzan, an 18 site perimeter protection project.

Previously, Jerry has specialised in fibre optic sensing solutions as VP of Sales at Sensornet UK, prior to joining Optasense as Sales Director in 2011. He relocated to the Middle East as Regional Director at Optasense in 2016 before joining Optilan in 2018.

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