Executive Management

Duncan Eley


Duncan Eley has over 20 years of experience in the oilfield services industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Polarcus in 2017 after 8 years with Polarcus, 3 of which as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2009, Duncan worked for several years with strategy consultancy firm, L.E.K. Consulting, across the energy, transport and natural resources sectors. Prior to that, he worked with Schlumberger for 10 years supporting marine seismic operations in Europe, West Africa and North America. Duncan has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University. In 2006 he completed his MBA at Erasmus University in Holland.

Hans Peter Burlid


Hans-Peter Burlid has over 15 years of experience in the seismic industry and was appointed as CFO of the Company in 2016. Prior to joining Polarcus, Hans-Peter served in key roles in finance, accounting and business development. He was formerly Senior Manager, Business Development and co-founder of Eastern Echo Ltd and was instrumental in the start-up of Polarcus in 2009. Mr. Burlid holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from Blekinge Institute of Technology.

Lars Østergaard


Lars Oestergaard has over 13 years of experience with the oil and gas industry. He joined Polarcus in June 2018 as COO where he leads the Sales, Geophysical & Operations teams as well as the EHSQ department. Mr. Oestergaard was previously employed at Maersk Drilling where he held a number of operational and commercial leadership roles, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Oestergaard holds a degree in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus.

Caleb Raywood

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Caleb Raywood has over 20 years of commercial experience, predominantly in the shipping and oil and gas service sectors. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2016, Caleb worked as General Counsel and Company Secretary for an international offshore contracting company. Before this role, he worked for 6 years with MasterCard International Inc. as Region Counsel and 6 years at Clyde & Co, an international law firm specialising in shipping and maritime issues. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English and European Law from the University of Essex and a Master’s Degree in European Business Law from the University of Nijmegen, he leads Polarcus’ team of lawyers as a qualified Barrister and Solicitor Advocate.

Tamzin Steel

SVP People & Business Services

Tamzin Steel has over 18 years’ experience working in global multinational companies in the oil & gas industry. Tamzin joined Polarcus in 2016, prior to which she held senior leadership positions, with a focus on Human Resources and organizational change. Tamzin worked for KCA DEUTAG Drilling Group, an international drilling and engineering contractor, for 13 years in various global roles and latterly worked for Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). Mrs. Steel holds a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honours) in Business Studies from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Senior Management

Simon Hodgkinson

VP Operations

Simon is a Master Mariner with over 30 years’ experience, with the last 25 years in the seismic industry. He began in the seismic industry as a deck officer for Western Geophysical where he worked on a variety of vessels and positions. He sailed as a Master on several vessels for WesternGeco and with various periods in the office before joining Polarcus in January 2009 as fleet Captain. He moved into the Dubai office in 2011 where he has held a variety of management positions in the operations department.

Jon Hoy


Jon has over 20 years of experience working domestically and in international postings in the upstream oil and gas industry in progressively more senior frontline, regional and global roles for international Oil companies and Major Contractors. His focus has been in Production Operations; Major Projects and HSE roles. Jon has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot Watt University; Master of Science in Safety Engineering, Reliability & Risk Management from Aberdeen University and a Master of Business Administration with specialism in Leadership from Strathclyde University.

Phil Fontana

Chief Geophysicist

Phil has more than 35 years of experience in the seismic industry. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2008, he held senior technical management positions in the geosciences organizations of Western Geophysical, Veritas, and CGGVeritas. He has worked on projects and with clients in all three of the main operational regions of the world. From 1998 until 2006, Phil was a joint instructor for the SEG continuing education course “Planning and Executing a Marine 3D Seismic Survey”. Phil holds a BSc degree in Geology and a MS degree in Geophysics, both from the University of Connecticut.

Andrew Lambert

VP Global Sales

Andy has over 25 years of experience in the marine seismic industry, starting his career as a Field Geophysicist for Western Geophysical in 1989 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Physics from Bangor University in Wales. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2018, he held various regional and global sales and operational roles within CGG, OHM and WesternGeco in locations as diverse as Singapore, Angola, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the USA.

Jai Pandya


Jai is a graduate in Applied Environmental Geology with a Master of Science in Oceanography, and has almost 20 years of diversified experience in the seismic industry. He began his career as a QC & Processing Geophysicist for Veritas where he was based offshore and in the UK. He then relocated to Perth, Australia to become a Project Geophysicist for CGG before joining Polarcus in 2010 as Sales Manager. He has held senior management positions within the Marketing, Sales and Multi-Client departments in the company in both Dubai and Singapore, where he is now based.

John Scott


John has more than 25 years of seismic industry experience. John joined WesternGeco in 1992 and worked internationally for 14 years in different managerial roles within operations, sales and business development. In 2013, John joined Polarcus from Kazakhstan where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Caspian Services Inc., a publicly listed oil field services company. John has a Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Mapping Sciences from the University of East London.

Richard Price


Richard has 40 years of experience in the marine seismic industry. He started his career as a Field Geophysicist in 1976 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology & Oceanography and completing three years of research in Marine Geophysics at Swansea University in Wales. In 1979, he became co-owner and Technical Director of a high resolution marine seismic company. In 1991, Richard joined Digicon in Houston as the manager of the marine acquisition technology group and subsequently transferred to Singapore in 1996, where he was responsible for the marine business unit for the Asia Pacific Region. He held senior management positions in the marine geoscience organizations of Veritas, CGG and CGGVeritas, in Singapore, London, Houston and Paris before joining Polarcus in Houston in 2008, to manage the North & South American business unit.