Pivotree’s mission is to provide a technology solution for marginal and stranded offshore fields that is economically transformational, with the lowest possible environmental footprint, ensuring energy resources are utilised efficiently and responsibly.


Our strategy centres on leveraging the Pivotree technology to help our clients generate profit from previously marginal or stranded offshore oil and gas fields. Pivotree makes this possible by reducing capital and operational expenditure, accelerating time to first oil, and minimising decommissioning and environmental footprint.

We aim to provide the go-to solution for offshore marginal fields worldwide, unlocking billions of dollars in stranded value, by prioritising safety, customer satisfaction, and environmental stewardship.



Continuously advancing our technologies to meet the industry’s evolving needs.


Committing to environmental stewardship and the responsible use of resources.


Upholding transparency, honesty, and ethical practices in all our operations.


Fostering strong partnerships to achieve mutual success.

Pivotree Board

Our board comprises industry veterans with extensive experience in offshore engineering, business development, and sustainable stewardship, guiding Pivotree towards achieving its strategic objectives.

Gavin Ryan

Non-Executive Chairman

Gavin is a commercial lawyer with over thirty-five years of experience, gained mostly as in-house counsel in the oil & gas sector. He has also held senior commercial, external affairs, and government relations roles in his extensive industry career.

He has worked on energy projects in some thirty countries for companies including BP, BHP Petroleum, Shell, and PTTEP, and has extensive business development, commercial and operational experience across the full spectrum of petroleum activities.

He is currently Senior Commercial Counsel for the Hancock Prospecting Group and was recently a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Carnarvon Energy Ltd.

Chris Merrick

Managing Director, Inventor & Co-Founder

Chris has 20 years of experience in subsea engineering, project management, operations, asset integrity, and inspection maintenance & repair. He has experience across the entire lifecycle of petroleum development encompassing Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Operations, and Abandonment.

Pivotree is Chris’ idea, conceived to bring more projects for more operators into production, efficiently, safely, and profitably.

Marcus Christian

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Marcus has 25 years’ experience commercialising technology-based innovations and intellectual property. He has created and grown businesses, raised, and invested venture funding, and negotiated and managed partnerships, joint enterprises, and IP licensing arrangements. He has held roles with BHP (Innovation Partnerships), Rio Tinto (Commercialisation) and advised the Australian government as a Manager for Commercialisation Australia, a $278M innovation investment program.

Marcus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Post Graduate degree in Business.

Dr Martin Blake

Non-Executive Director

Martin is a successful entrepreneur with a broad investment portfolio. He is a serial angel investor and has joined the Board of Pivotree to lend his experience in technology commercialisation and start-ups.

He has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Steven Neubecker

Non-Executive Director

Steven has an extensive background in oil and gas engineering, having worked as an offshore geotechnical engineering consultant for more than 20 years. He has a strong background in mooring and anchoring systems for oil and gas facilities, having published widely and presented at international conferences on the subject. He also has a strong interest in innovation and early-stage businesses.

He has a PhD in offshore geotechnical engineering, is a Graduate of the AICD, and is an Adjunct Professor at UWA.


Chris Merrick

Managing & Technical Director

Chris is Pivotree’s Managing Director and Technical Director, with ultimate accountability for all major projects and key customer engagements.

Marcus Christian

Executive Director

Marcus is Pivotree’s Commercial Director, managing the company’s corporate, commercial, and legal activities.



Sales & Marketing Strategist

Ryan specialises in business development and complex selling environments with over 20 years of experience.

Over the past 10 years, he has advised on or personally closed over $140m of technology product revenue.

Stephen Molyneux

Special Advisor Geology & Global Referrer

Stephen has 34 years of experience as a geologist either in-house or advising oil and gas companies. His discoveries span all major O&G markets and resulted in billions of dollars in revenue and capital growth.


United Kingdom & AFRICA

Paul Howlett

Paul Howlett is an accomplished geologist and oil and gas industry expert, specialising in new business development and exploration. He serves as a consultant for Energy Explorers and holds leadership roles at Painted Wolf Resources and his own company, Transunion Petroleum. Paul excels in identifying and progressing new opportunities, combining his analytical skills with a collaborative and persuasive approach to engage effectively with diverse professionals. His achievements span across identifying unexplored regions, leading international deals, and managing strategic partnerships, showcasing his capability in navigating complex industry challenges and fostering successful ventures.


Nick Maden

Nick Maden is a senior Oil & Gas executive with a proven track record of delivery throughout the upstream value chain. He has led and been a part of teams that captured, explored, discovered, developed, and produced oil and gas in over 25 countries. Nick was recently the Senior Vice President, International Exploration, for Equinor, was a Principal for Oslo Energy Advisors, and is currently MD/CEO of Impact Technology Systems, based in Oslo, Norway. Prior roles include VP and Company Officer, VP, Exploration for Suncor, and Exploration Manager for ARCO.

Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei

South Seas Offshore (an Olio Group company)

South Seas Offshore Sdn Bhd is an associate company of Olio Group, a 100% Malaysian Services Company with over 25 years of experience in Oil & Gas, and a registered self-operator with Petronas and fully licensed for various SWEC codes applicable to upstream and downstream industries, including drilling, well and oilfield services, and floating solutions.


Philip Williams

Philip Williams is a distinguished executive with over 35 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry, specialising in business development, project management, and engineering. His career highlights include serving as Vice President of Business Development at OPS Oilfield Equipment and Services Ltd. Philip excels in driving growth and navigating complex projects within the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors. His expertise extends to strategic market analysis, client relations, and leveraging his extensive technical and industry knowledge to foster business expansion.


JST Group

JST is a large, privately held company, located in Bangkok with offices throughout SE Asia. JST specialises in a full range of services and products including technical products and services, coating manufacturing services, heat treatment, marine supply, satellite communications, CAD, human resources supply, and well P&A and decommissioning services.

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