Acteon has an experienced management team who have worked together for over a decade. In that time,
this team has delivered significant growth and established a strong track-record in growing Acteon Group globally.

Richard Higham
Richard Higham
Group Chief Executive

Richard Higham is the Chief Executive of Acteon. Richard has over 20 years' oil industry experience including six years as a drilling/petroleum engineer with Amoco and six years with Amerada Hess as a chief petroleum engineer. These positions gained him significant experience working in numerous overseas markets including Houston, the Netherlands, Spain and Oman. Richard joined the company in 1989 and holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.

Paul Alcock
Paul Alcock
Executive Vice President, Growth

Paul Alcock is the Executive Vice President of Acteon overseeing organic and acquisition growth and the full integration of acquired businesses. Formerly manager of sales and marketing for Expro's subsurface systems division and marketing director of Tronic Ltd, Paul has gained a wealth of commercial experience over the past 20 years. Responsibilities have included strategic global sales expansion and business and human capital development. Paul has been with Acteon since 2000 and brings the knowledge of improving global sales infrastructure along with the ability to enhance company marketability through effective integration of Acteon's business areas.

Bernhard Bruggaier
Bernhard Bruggaier
Executive Vice President, Operations

Bernhard Bruggaier is the Executive Vice President for the Operation of Acteon's Branded Service companies. Bernhard joined MENCK as design engineer in 1994 and has since worked as project engineer for the company's deepwater pile installation system, as project manager for deepwater sales and as manager special projects, becoming managing director in 1999. Before joining MENCK, Bernhard was research assistant and project manager for industrial projects at the Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany. Bernhard holds a Masters of Engineering from Cornell University, USA, and a Masters degree (Dipl.-Ing.) and a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University, Darmstadt.

Kevin Ovenden
Kevin Ovenden
Group Finance Director

Kevin Ovenden is the Group Finance Director of Acteon. He has more than 25 years' financial and commercial experience, having trained and qualified with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in London where he spent 6 years working across audit, tax and insolvency. After leaving the profession in 1990 he spent 10 years in several senior finance roles in industry, including the consumer packaged goods and chemicals sectors. He joined the group in 2000 as Finance Director. He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Kevin Burton
Kevin Burton
Executive Vice President, Technology and Risk Management

Kevin Burton is the Executive Vice President of Technology and QHSE for Acteon. Kevin has over 25 years' experience in conductor system equipment and riser systems design. During his career, he has worked for WS Atkins, Vetco Gray and Marconi in various engineering management roles. These positions gained him significant experience working in numerous disciplines from design and analysis through project management and quality assurance to business development and management directorship across international markets. Kevin has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.