Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tom Sikorski


Tom co-founded Blue Water Energy in 2011. Tom’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Tom is involved in investment activities throughout the entire energy industry, with particular expertise in the midstream and services sectors. He has over 25 years of private equity experience. Before Blue Water Energy, Tom served as Managing Director and, from 2006, Head of the London office of First Reserve Corporation. Tom holds an A.B. degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tom has served in recent years as a director on the boards of Aquilex Corp., Dresser, Inc., Dresser-Rand Group, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc. and Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (BORCO). Tom is on the board of Halvorsen AS, Excellence Logging, Galileo Technologies and GPS Group.

Mark Dickinson

Managing Director

In addition to sitting on the board of Kentech, Mark Dickinson is a Managing Director in Blue Water Energy. Mark Dickinson joined Blue Water Energy in June 2015. Mark has almost 20 years of PE investing experience and brings a strong investment track record from his previous roles at 3i and, more recently, Arle Capital Partners. Mark, while previously a consultant for us, introduced Kentech that went on to be one of our 2015 investments. He is an ACA and holds an LLB from the University of Hull. Mark currently serves on the board of Kentech, Halvorsen AS, Galileo Technologies and Influit.

Vincent Simonetti

Vice President

Vincent joined Blue Water Energy in 2012 and currently serves on the board of Authentix and Excellence Logging. Prior to joining BWE, Vincent worked at Advent International, Blackstone and L.E.K Consulting. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge and focuses on businesses with a technological differentiation.

Bill Wright

Non Executive Chairman

Bill has extensive experience in the oil and gas business, starting in 1978, spending more than 35 years in Schlumberger working across almost all the Schlumberger companies in management positions around the world, living and working in 16 countries, 4 continents. In that time he spent 6 years seconded to Amoco then BP-Amoco in their applied technology group in the drilling organisation . He spent the last ten years as part of the leadership team in the marketing and technical organisation across Schlumberger, finishing with responsibility for the entire sales organisation of Schlumberger. In addition he chaired the yearly competition for transformational service integration across each of the businesses. This has provided a wide knowledge of identifying and introducing technical innovation, in oil and gas fields around the world, that provides value, from the perspective of both the operating and service company. Since retiring from Schlumberger he has been involved in advising private equity groups on investments in the oil and gas service arena, and continues to serve as Vice Chairman of Cubility A.S.

Bruno Burban

President & CEO

Bruno Burban has 37 years of Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. He has been Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Geoservices from 1999 to 2010. He joined Geoservices in 1982 as a field engineer working in Mud Logging and went on to various technical, commercial and operational positions between 1985 and 1990. He served as Marketing & Technical Manager at Geoservices since 1990 then Deputy Managing Director from 1994 to 1999. Most recently, he advised several private equity funds on oilfield services acquisitions as well as one of the French leaders in consultant administrative services. Bruno Burban is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Benoit Debray

Executive Vice President

Benoit Debray has 36 years’ experience in the international E&P and oilfield service industries. He has been the Chief Operating Officer and board member of Geoservices from 1999 to 2007. Prior to this position, he was the Deputy Director of Drilling & Production for the French Institute of Petroleum. His initial position in the E&P industry was with Elf Aquitaine as a reservoir engineer and he has extensive service industry and operations experience in well testing and production logging, R&D, marketing and key account management. Most recently Benoit was the Chairman & CEO of Candax Energy Inc., a Toronto-listed oil and natural gas company engaged in the exploration, development and production in North Africa. Benoit Debray graduated with a degree in Petroleum engineering (IFP School) and Mechanical engineering (Ecole Centrale de Nantes). He also holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Michael De Rhune


Michael De Rhune has 31 years of finance experience and has worked for a number of international companies across a range of different industries.  Starting his career in public practice, he then worked at various financial institutions and companies before moving to the offshore oil & gas subsea services industry. He held a number of senior finance and management positions at leading subsea services companies, Acergy, Subsea 7 and also acted as advisor to Bibby Offshore.  He was recently Group CFO at Ceona Offshore, a large private equity start-up in the subsea services sector. Michael is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, the Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors and a Graduate of the University of London.