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 


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.

Richard Sell, Commercial Director 

Richard_framed.pngRichard Sell is the Commercial Director who oversees the global commercial business of the Company’s offshore support vessels and the non-OSV businesses including Swire Blue Ocean, Swire Seabed and Swire Emergency Response.

He joined the Swire Group in 1999 and has worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Italy and the UK. Richard spent 10 years at Cathay Pacific Airways with leadership roles in revenue management and inflight services as well as country management roles in India and Italy. He then transferred to The China Navigation Company (CNCo), the deep sea shipping arm of the Swire Group where he led the commercial division covering vessel acquisitions, new building projects, chartering, dry bulk and bulk logistics. Richard joined Swire Oilfield Services (SOS) in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer before returning to Hong Kong in 2016 as the Director, Trading and Industrial Division for Swire Pacific overseeing the Swire Resources Group, Swire Pacific Cold Storage and Akzo Nobel Swire Paints.

Roy Shearer, Finance Director


Roy Shearer is the Finance Director of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) with responsibility for finance, tax, treasury and IT.

Prior to joining SPO in 2018, he worked in Aberdeen, UK as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Swire Oilfield Services (SOS) for three years with responsibility for finance, IT and HR.

Roy has more than 20 years of working experience, of which 16 years were spent in the oil & gas industry.

He spent four years with Dana Petroleum as the Group Treasurer, where he was in charge of cash, debt, financial risk management and all treasury matters. From 2002 to 2011, he worked in Schlumberger in various strategic controller and treasury roles in the UK, Netherlands and Middle East.

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.

Eugene Loh, Global Head, Human Resources

Eugene_framed.pngEugene Loh is the Global Head, Human Resources. He is responsible for the design and implementation of SPO’s HR strategy. Eugene leads a team responsible for the delivery of a full suite of HR functions, including learning, talent management & acquisition, employee engagement, total rewards, organisational design as well as diversity & inclusion.

Eugene joined SPO as the General Manager, People in July 2014 as part of the company’s HR transformation journey to evolve the HR function into a Business Partner and HR Shared Services model together with the sister company, The China Navigation Company (CNCo).

He has more than 20 years of experience in HR and has held various managerial and leadership HR-related roles in various industries, including hospitality, chemicals, aviation, shipping and oil & gas.

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.