Chris Hyde appointed as CTO and Maurice Coull as Chief Engineer


OTAQ Group has today announced the appointment of two key figures as the underwater tech company continues its drive to grow turnover to £50m by 2025. Chris Hyde steps into the role of as Chief Technology Officer having filled the position of Chief Commercial Officer since 2015 and Maurice Coull joins the marine technology company as Chief Engineer.

Phil Newby, Chief Executive Officer, OTAQ, said “We’re delighted Chris has taken on this key role and that Maurice has agreed to join OTAQ. with both of them ready to push ahead with product development plans. With a combined 65 years of industry experience, Chris and Maurice have the expertise and enthusiasm needed to strengthen and support the engineering department with innovative new product development.

“Chris has proven to be a key member of the team over the last five years’ as Chief Commercial Officer. Having steered the team to develop industry leading systems for aquaculture and offshore energy markets, including IP cameras, lead detection, laser measurement systems, connectors and penetrators, we’re looking forward to seeing him build on his achievements.

“Maurice is an accomplished engineer within the Diving and Remote Technology sector. With an eye for quality and an in-depth understanding of detail in concept, design and manufacturing, he is a valued and exciting addition to OTAQ.”
A founding member of the OTAQ team, Chris has over 25 years’ experience in systems and technology for aquaculture and offshore energy. This experience, combined with a drive to build an even stronger product development team will see OTAQ deliver new product lines across the group.

Chris Hyde, Chief Technology Officer, OTAQ said “I am really looking forward to my new role and the new challenges that will come with the position. I plan on delivering an enhanced product strategy focussed on aquaculture, primarily targeting, algal bloom analysis, video-based AI technologies, control and data platforms and enhancing our predator deterrent systems.”

Over the last five years, Maurice has led the build of large projects primarily for new clients in Singapore, as Engineering Manager & Technical Authority at Fathom Systems. Prior to this, he ran his own engineering company, Immerse Technologies Ltd, for over eight years working for clients in the Aberdeen area. As Chief Engineer for OTAQ Group, Maurice will drive product development, primarily with a focus on OTAQ Aquaculture Ltd where several ongoing long-term projects are in progress.

Maurice Coull, Chief Engineer, OTAQ, said “I am looking forward to starting the next stage of my career with OTAQ, using my ROV, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and most recently Diving System experience to lead product development. This is a very exciting time to join the company and I am eager to see what lies ahead.”