Our Leadership

The SPO Management team comprises leaders who are committed to SPO's vision, Excellence in Offshore Marine Services and to bring Swire's core principles and values to life. They chart the strategic course to propel the company forward and provide strong leadership to set standards, drive returns to shareholders and deliver safe, high quality and sustainable marine services to our clients.

Peter Langslow, Managing Director 

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Peter Langslow is the Managing Director of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) and was appointed in October 2018. Peter joined the Swire Group in 1984 and started his Swire career with Cathay Pacific Airways, where he spent 29 years in various management roles, including senior leadership positions such as worldwide Head of Cargo Operations and worldwide Head of Airports.

Prior to joining SPO, he spent four years in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as the Managing Director of Steamships Trading Company Ltd (Steamships), a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd.

Steamships is a 100-year PNG company and is one of the country’s largest private employers, operating a variety of businesses including shipping and logistics, properties and hotels.

Ryan Smith, Commercial Director 

Ryan-Smith-webi-(1).jpgRyan Smith is the Commercial Director of Swire Pacific Offshore who oversees global corporate business and strategy. Ryan has spent 20 years in commodities trading and shipping, and initially worked in natural gas trading for Energex Limited, an Australian state-owned power trading joint venture, before joining Swire Group in 2003. Since then, he has held commercial management positions for the group in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and the Middle East.

Ryan spent the early part of his Swire career in business development roles for Steamships in Papua New Guinea ad The China Navigation Company in Indonesia before moving to SPO's West African business unit to head the vessel chartering for the Offshore Support Vessels in the region. Ryan was transferred to the Middle East in 2008 and established Swire Emergency Response Services in Dubai before returning to Singapore late that year to join a private commodities trading house managing business throughout Asia and the Pacific. Ryan then re-joined SPO as President Director of the company's Indonesia joint venture in 2013. 

Since returning to SPO, Ryan has been principally responsible for mananging the Company's emerging market opportunites and largest growth markets and regions. He also led the merger of SPO's European, African and Middle East businesses in 2018 and has been responsible for managing various complex operating joint ventures for the Group in SPO's key markets.

Andrew Clarke, Finance Director

 

Andrew Clarke Finance Director

Andrew Clarke is the Finance Director of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO).

Andrew joined the Swire Group in 2007 and has held various management roles in Finance over the years, including Finance Manager at Swire Pacific in Hong Kong, Chief Financial  Officer at United States Cold Storage in the USA and Finance Director at The China Navigation Company in Singapore. From 2010 to 2013, Andrew was the Financial Controller with SPO. He re-joined SPO as Finance Director in August 2021.  

Prior to joining the Swire Group, Andrew worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Hong Kong. Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

 

James Fortnum, Safety and Marine Assurance Director

James_framed.pngJames Fortnum is the Safety and Marine Assurance Director. He is responsible for the safety and operational excellence of SPO’s diverse fleet of vessels.

James has more than 35 years of work experience in the marine sector of the oil and gas industry. A master mariner, he has held several leadership and operational roles in companies including BP Exploration Asia, BP Shipping, Shell Tankers among others. James has a broad range of expertise and work experience, from marine pilotage, contract management, operating marine vessels, assets and infrastructure to developing operating and emergency procedures, leading vessel/business audits and marine risk management. He has also represented port developers and civil contractors as a specialist consultant to provide views on offshore transportation and installation, Health & Safety procedures and offshore warranties. Prior to joining SPO, James worked as an independent consultant to provide marine technical and operational advice to marine and energy companies in the UK.

David Marren, Technical Director

David_framed.pngDavid Marren is the Technical Director. With more than 35 years of experience in the offshore and marine industry, David oversees the Technical and Central Purchasing functions of SPO and plays a key role in the management of the technical matters relating to the company’s diverse fleet of vessels, including developing new vessel specifications, project-management of newbuilding programmes, setting fleet policies and procedures and developing in-house systems.

David first joined SPO in 1988 as a Second Engineer. After sailing as Chief Engineer, he undertook numerous management roles in the company including Project Manager for vessel conversions and dockings, Technical Manager of Swire Bahagia in Brunei and Technical Manager/Deputy General Manager of SPO Pty Ltd, Australia before his appointment as the Technical Director of SPO in Singapore in 2000. David is a firm believer in giving back to society and has actively participated in several cycling and endurance sports events to raise funds for charity.

Simon Bennett, General Manager, Sustainable Development

Simon_framed.pngSimon Bennett is the General Manager of Sustainable Development. He first took up this role in 2008 and subsequently took on the same role for SPO’s sister company, The China Navigation Company (CNCo) in 2011.

Simon began his seafaring career at the age of 17 as a Navigating Officer Cadet with the Union Castle Line/Clan Line. In 1984, he joined SPO as a Chief Officer and received his Master’s qualification in 1987. He came ashore in 1991 and undertook several management roles in SPO, including HSE and Country Manager in Brunei, HSE Manager with Swire Production Testers, Project Manager in Singapore, Marketing Manager in Dubai, and General Manager in Sakhalin, Russia.

Simon is a Member of the Nautical Institute. A strong advocate of Sustainable Development (SD), he has been invited to numerous conferences to share his sustainability expertise. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, with a major in Meteorology and Oceanography and a minor in Marine and Coastal Management/Environmental Hazards.