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Australia: Ex Royal Naval Engineer is New Business Development Director at BMT Design & Technolog

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Melbourne, Former Royal Naval engineer Rob Steel has been appointed Business Development Director at BMT Design & Technology, where he will support the Managing Director in developing the company’s growth and capabilities in the Australian market. 


A Fellow of the Institute of Sales Management and a Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Rob will be leading his new BMT Design & Technology colleagues in areas from strategic marketing to contract negotiation and award, and will also have Corporate Governance responsibilities.


He says: “I bring a curious mind and deep experience of sales and marketing success in an engineering consultancy.  My aim is to support the continuing success built up by the current team at BMT Design & Technology.”


Joining BMT in 2003 after 20 years’ service with the Royal Navy, Rob was responsible for developing naval consulting engineering business opportunities within the international market and has successfully led ship design and consultancy campaigns in the UK, Turkey, Australasia, New Zealand, and Norway.

He received the BMT Peter Dowling Award for Innovation for his original work on the Aegir® Auxiliary platform design, which then led to BMT winning design contracts for the Royal Navy’s MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) Tanker programme and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation’s logistics and support vessel.

Most recently, Rob led an organisational design review in Australia for the CASG GM Ships Organisation to meet the Naval Shipbuilding Strategy. He was also the business lead for BMT for the family-owned Spanish shipyard, Freire, for their offer into the New Zealand MoD LOSC project, and has been a regular presenter at New Zealand Defence Industry Association conferences.

Peter Behrendt, Managing Director at BMT Design & Technology comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Rob as a fellow Director. He brings a wealth of experience and energy adding to our commitment in providing independent engineering support to defence and commercial maritime projects.”

BMT Design & Technology Pty Ltd

BMT Design & Technology is an independent professional engineering firm that provides services to the Defence and commercial maritime sectors across the Asia Pacific region. With offices in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia, the consultancy offers a dedicated, highly motivated and qualified workforce, whose core skills and experience enable tailored solutions to customer requirements. Services offered include naval architecture, marine engineering, cost modelling and analysis, risk management, safety management, asset management, vessel surveying, capability definition and project management services. BMT Design & Technology also offers a range of tailored training courses focused on niche maritime engineering and management skill sets.


BMT Group

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors.

BMT invests significantly in research. Its customers are served through a network of international subsidiary companies. The group’s assets are held in beneficial ownership for its staff.

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