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Our Leadership

Executive Chairman
Phil Maxted

Phil was appointed executive chairman of Starn in October 2015 having spent over 35 years working in the global Oil, petrochem and power generation industries.

A large portion of his career was spent with Hydratight Limited, where he held many senior level positions and was instrumental in leading the organisation to become a global provider of specialist on site services.

His remit is to guide Starn to broaden its product offering, expand geographically and to target and integrate strategic acquisitions. In addition to Starn, Phil also provides consultancy services to a number of oil and gas related businesses and investment groups.

Chief Financial Officer
Rick Clark

Rick was appointed CFO of Starn Energy Services Group in December 2013 and is also finance director of Safehouse, a subsidiary of Starn. His remit includes ensuring that Starn has the people, systems and controls in place to sustain its global presence and to support its drive for organic and acquisition-led growth.

For six years prior to joining the team at Starn Rick was Group finance director at Reservoir Group, where he oversaw more than 20 acquisitions and led the corporate team during its private equity-backed ownership. As CFO at ALS Oil and Gas during 2013, Rick oversaw the effective transition of the corporate functions of Reservoir Group into ALS Limited.

Rick was previously a partner for over 15 years with KPMG, specialising in audit and assurance services, but also has significant experience in M&A activity.

He is a trustee of Dundee Heritage Trust, a charity that owns and manages two independent museums in Dundee.

Allister Langlands

Allister was appointed as non-executive director of Starn in 2014, having spent 35 years in a number of leading international organisations.

He retired as chairman of John Wood Group PLC in 2014, having previously served as chief executive (2007 – 2012), deputy chief executive (1999 – 2006) and group finance director (1991 – 1999).

As a key member of the senior management team, Allister was instrumental in Wood Group’s revenue growth from less than US $200 million in 1990, to over $7 billion revenue in 2013.

He currently serves as chairman of Maven Income and Growth VCT 5 PLC, is senior independent director of Exova Group plc and also a non-executive director of WS Atkins plc and Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust plc. Allister serves on the Investment Committee of Simmonds Private Equity Funds I & II and is a Director of a number of private companies.

Group Commercial Director
Olie Back

Olie was appointed as a Director for Starn Energy Services Group in July 2020, having worked for Starn Australia and Safehouse Australia for 10 years. Olie’s main role within the group since 2016 has been as Asia-Pacific Regional Director, overseeing the Starn business’ in Australia and Malaysia, and supporting the Starn partner companies in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Prior to that, Olie has acted as Australian General Manager, Operations Manager, Project Engineer and Technician since 2010. In this time, the regional business has grown aggressively and significantly increased its footprint in the region. Olie has overseen the acquisition of ESPRAT in Malaysia and Australia as well as the strategic diversification of the Starn offering, including the creation of the majority Aboriginal owned joint venture, Safespear.

Olie’s remit at group level is to take the lessons learned in the Asia-Pacific region and look to expand the offering across the globe.

General Manager
Trevor Yates

Global Engineering, Development & Implementation Manager
Wayne Bear

Before being appointed Global Engineering, Development & Implementation Manager in October 2020, Wayne spent 8 years working for Starn subsidiary Safehouse Australia. Wayne’s previous roles included, Technician, Development Engineer and General Manager (South Australia).

In his time with Safehouse Australia, Wayne developed the Safehouse Technician training program, led several landmark projects, and travelled extensively acting as Safehouse’s ambassador to the tanker industry, presenting at several international marine safety forums.

In addition to leading Starn Australia’s Engineering team, Wayne’s remit includes managing the design, development and continual improvement of Starn products and services, helping to cement Starn’s position as a global technology-led innovator.