Charlotte O'Kelly


Charlotte co-founded TechWorks Marine in 2002, she has a background in Environmental Resources (BSc) and Applied Oceanography (MSc). Over the last 15 years Charlotte has worked exclusively in the field of Operational Oceanography. She has been involved in a wide range of projects worldwide, both designing and deploying metocean monitoring platforms as well as being data manager on large EU marine projects.

Since taking the helm at TechWorks Marine she has continued to develop the business into new sectors (marine renewables, aquaculture), as well as grow both the commercial side of the business and the R&D activities of the company.

Languages: English & French

Philip Trickett

Technical Director

Phil received a BEng from Kingston University before going on to a PGDip in Physical Oceanography specializing in sediment dynamics. Philip is responsible for the management of the technical team at TechWorks Marine. This includes the design and development of the TechWorks Marine Black Box (TMBB) range of data acquisition and transmission systems.

Philip’s background in real-time data acquisition system development, laid the foundations for TechWorks Marine Ltd. His key technical skills include embedded hardware, software design and implementation, operational oceanography including mooring and integrated system integration, deployment and servicing, troubleshooting of scientific sensors and hardware/software issues.

Languages: English

Ann Fitzpatrick

Operations Manager

Ann joined TechWorks Marine in 2013 as Operations Manager. An engineering and management professional with over 25 years’ experience across private, public and voluntary sectors. Ann is responsible for the successful delivery of all TechWorks Marine products and services. Prior to joining TechWorks Marine Ann set-up and developed the European Space Education Office in Ireland, a project co-funded by the European Space Agency and Science Foundation Ireland.

Ann has also worked as an independent consultant specialising in leadership and change in complex organisational environments. In the 1990s she led the start-up and development of the Sun Microsystems Research and Development Centre in Dublin. Ann obtained her primary degree in engineering from Trinity College Dublin and has also worked in software development in Japan and Australia.   She also has an M. Sc. in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London.

Languages: English & Japanese

Christopher Rees

Commercial Manager

Chris joined Techworks Marine in the summer of 2015 as Commercial Manager to drive our sales and business development effort as we look to expand into new and existing markets. Chris, formerly a Key Account Manager at MeteoGroup in the UK, has more than 10 years delivering and managing contracts with international energy and renewable energy companies. Chris has managed long term, multi-disciplinary contracts with the UK’s largest energy utilities and also won and managed contracts with international investment banks and hedge funds trading on the global energy and commodities markets.

Chris has a background in Meteorology with a Masters Degree from the University of Reading.

Languages: English


Dr. Jenny Hanafin

Earth Observation and Modelling Manager

Jenny joined Techworks in 2014 as Senior Remote Sensing Scientist, responsible for a team producing satellite earth observation data products and services for public and commercial users. She has experience in many aspects of remote sensing, from operating satellite sensors for EUMETSAT at Imperial College London, to developing a system to retrieve atmospheric humidity from the Geological Survey of Ireland network of GPS receivers for use in the Met Éireann forecast model. After receiving her B. Sc. in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she studied for a Ph. D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. Since 1996 she has been involved in numerous international oceanographic and atmospheric field campaigns and research projects in the US and in Europe and has been awarded research grants as an independent researcher.

Languages : English & French

Dr. Nicolas Barré

Remote Sensing Scientist

Nicolas joined TechWorks Marine in 2014 as a remote sensing scientist. He is currently the technical lead on a European Space Agency project employing satellite data to provide resource assessment information to the Marine Renewable industry.
Prior to joining TechWorks Marine Nicolas worked at LOCEAN, French laboratory for oceanography and climate on a variety of methods of acquisition and processing oceanographic datasets.  The main subject of his thesis work was the exploration of satellite products combining qualitative and quantitative information on the oceanic frontal systems in the Southern Ocean (altimetry, sea surface temperature, ocean color, winds and sea ice).

Nicolas obtained his  PhD. from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, (Paris) - LOCEAN Ph.D. – Physical Oceanography.  He also holds an MSc. from the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg and  from the University College London, Londres (U.K) MSc in Spacecraft Technology and Satellite Communications. His undergraduate degree is from Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames (U.K) BSc in Physics with Electronics and Computing.

Languages : English & French

Graham Cullen

Oceanographic Engineer

Graham joined Techworks Marine in September 2013 as our oceanographic engineer. He qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 and obtained his masters (1:1) in 2012. His master’s thesis was in the area of marine renewable energy focusing on the optimal layout of tidal turbine arrays. The research consisted of both analytical and numerical (using computational fluid dynamics) analysis of flow through tidal turbines. After finishing his masters Graham completed a five month internship with OpenHydro’s Resource Assessment team before joining Techworks Marine.

As an oceanographic engineer Graham is responsible for the design of instrument mountings for our buoys and bottom mounted frames, and is also the mechanical designer for custom client projects. Graham is also involved in equipment assembly, instrument setup, data processing and analysis, deploying and recovering marine equipment. Graham is also our operational health and safety officer and has a level 2 national power boat licence and a certificate in marine first aid.

Languages: English

Jarek Dobrzanski

Senior Software Engineer

Jarek joined TechWorks Marine in 2012 as our software engineer. As well as developing web based decision support systems Jarek’s background in business has also led to the development of new web based applications for oceanographic insitu data for public outreach. 

Jarek is responsible for the entire data web portal for TechWorks Marine, this includes, data base design and implementation as well as web page development and web map services. Jarek has an M.Sc. in Business and Marketing, Academy of Economics, Katowice, Poland and a Diploma in Computer systems.

Languages : English & Polish


Paddy McCarthy

Marine Scientist

Paddy joined Techworks in early 2015 as a Marine Scientist. He is responsible for organising and carrying out field work as well as data QC and analysis for all our instruments. Paddy also works closely with the earth observation team analysing wind, chlorophyll, and ocean temperature data sets. Before joining Techworks Paddy worked as a marine geophysicist in the UK.

Paddy graduated from the University of Southampton in 2012 with an MSc in Oceanography where he did his master’s thesis modelling tsunamis along the Sumatran subduction zone. Prior to this he also has master’s level education in Marine Coastal Development from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a BSc in Environmental Science from the National University of Ireland Galway.

Languages: English