Our Key People
- Peter McDermott
- Co-founder and Group Managing Director of RTS
Peter travelled the world while completing a 6-year marine engineering student apprenticeship and HND (Mech Eng) with the British merchant navy. He then went on to become a Technical Editor of Motor Ship Magazine followed by a stint as its Advertisement Manager. His first business venture in 1972 at age 26 was with Marine Ventures Ltd where he built and managed an international network of technical sales agents marketing new technology US marine equipment, services, and ship repair.
His next venture was as Vice-President of Marland Environmental Systems (USA) looking after all non-US business-including UK manufacturing and helping to design various types of marine systems and equipment. He joined the Rochem Marine Group in 1980 to develop a specialist marine equipment division and in 1983 formed the RTS Group to exploit the growing market for marine and industrial Gas Turbine cleaning systems and associated services where RTS it now established as a world-leader. Peter enjoyed military and sport parachuting in his younger days but now makes do with his enjoyment of art and the arts, antiques, architecture, the technical world of aviation and travel and keeps fit with his biking, country walking and swimming. He has three sons and resides in Hampshire, England.
- Magali Green
- Company Secretary and Accounts Manager
Magali joined Peter McDermott at Marland in 1979 as his assistant direct from university after gaining her First Class Honours degree in Economics and Statistics. She also has Diplomas in Export Marketing & Business Studies, Book-keeping (R.S.A) and Hispanic Studies. She then moved with Peter to Rochem in 1980 and while continuing to work full time has still managed to raise two daughters with husband Bob, her beau from University days.
Needless to say, Magali's knowledge of the company's products and its customers is second to none and her keen mind for numbers and detail has ensured that our accounts and finances have been kept in perfect order for the past 25 years. Apart from her French mother tongue and her adopted English tongue, Magali has a gift for other languages as well so is always there to get us out of a tight spot when we are stuck for a translation. Her major sport was Volley Ball from University on. Nowadays she keeps herself fit on country walks with her dogs and a busy family life. She loves rugby and enjoys theatre, cinema and music.
- Peter Duke
- Sales & Marketing Manager
Before joining RTS, Peter had already had a varied career as army officer, aviation and ship broker and sales manager for an Aberdeen-based technical services and equipment company. In 1987 he set up his own sales agency and shortly after Peter McDermott appointed him as the local RTS agent for the fast growing offshore oil industry and the fast growing helicopter support business.
Though success was achieved in the helicopter engine cleaning field it soon became clear that the real growth area for this business lay in the market for the larger industrial gas turbines both off-shore and on-shore and thus the work done in Aberdeen paved the way for the success of RTS on a world wide basis for the next 25 years. Peter is still based in the Aberdeen area but also looks after customers elsewhere in the UK and near continent with his famously entertaining sales and marketing talents and his natural engineering aptitude and abilities-the latter no doubt handed down from his dad, an engineer who was the post-war General Officer Commanding of the British Army Engineering Corps. Peter's sport and hobby is sailing and he has served as a watch officer on the training ship Winston Churchill and crewed yachts all over the world.
- Steven Jones
- Director Eastern Region & VP Sales
Steven joined RTS Group on its formation in 1985. Previously he had worked as a technical salesman for the Rochem Marine Group in the busy port of Houston. After college and prior to joining Rochem he had varied career in sales. He has a marketing degree and is a natural born sales and marketing man. Throughout his many years with RTS he has become expert in marketing our products and services to the gas turbine industry throughout the USA, Canada and South America and now leads the sales effort in the Eastern and Gulf region of the US from his base in Cape Coral, Florida, working closely with his long time friend and counterpart, Bob Auguston, who manages the West Coast operation.
Steven also looks after various OEM accounts such as Siemens/Westinghouse General Electric and Mitsubishi US and in this role he is in regular contact with all his other RTS colleagues throughout the world. Steven has three grown daughters, enjoys computers, travel, cross-country walking, water sports, golf and generally keeping very fit.
- Robert Auguston Jnr
- Director Western Region & Corporate Secretary
Robert Auguston Jnr
Bob joined the Rochem Marine group in 1986 on the acquisition by Rochem of his family's own marine chemicals business, Dasic, and soon became a real asset to Rochem Marine by helping to substantially increase its US sales and market share. In 1989 Bob then joined the RTS Group. Since then he has enjoyed a strong and fruitful working relationship and friendship with his co-director Steven Jones for nearly 20 years.
Bob has a BA degree in Economics and a Masters in International Management which, allied to his strong technical grasp of the chemical business, made him the ideal candidate to manage the RTS US sales and marketing function for the Western region. In 1995 he was also promoted to Corporate Secretary of RTS USA and his office in Portland, Oregon is the administration centre for RTS USA.
- Martin Howarth
- RTS Group Technical Manager & Director of Engineering
Before joining RTS Europe in 1992 as Technical Manager, Martin had gained extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of gas turbine plant. When technical manager of a CHP gas turbine plant he had used the RTS cleaning system and chemicals to good effect in his gas turbines and liked the product so much that he joined the company where he is now in his 20th year.
From school Martin took up an officer cadetship in the UK merchant navy with whom he travelled the world extensively as an engineering officer. His degree is in electrical and electronic engineering which, together with his mechanical engineering knowledge and first hand experience in the operation and maintenance of gas turbines, made him the ideal candidate for the post of technical manager with RTS.
Martin's long time hobby is mixed-gas diving in which he is highly qualified having dived in waters stretching from Australia to his home patch of Cornwall. He is a keen motorcyclist, adventure riding extensively across Europe and into Africa. He has a son and two daughters.
- Sam Mirza
- Technical Manager & Director of Product Development
Sam is a mechanical engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the ASME. He joined RTS in 1993 having previously worked for Schlumberger and General Electric in various R&D and technical management roles. Based at the RTS Houston facility, Sam is responsible for all US equipment manufacture and for direct technical support of the RTS USA sales team and its customers throughout North and South America. In addition he is an active member of UK-based RTS engineering design and development group where his engineering expertise and first hand experience in the oil, gas and power generation field is always valuable and important for the ongoing overall benefit of RTS Group.
Sam resides on the outskirts of Houston with his wife and daughter and following a college career in American football has to this day has also followed a consistent and rigorous daily regime of fitness for which he is the envy of his colleagues.
- Renjit Louis
- Regional Manager
RTS Middle East
Renjit joined RTS ME in April 2002 upon the retirement of its long-serving British manager and as well as maintaining the established customer base has also steadily grown the business. He also now manages our agents in India where the market is showing solid, steady growth, particularly in the oil and gas industry and where last year RTS won a major contract to supply compressor cleaning systems for the gas turbines which power the offshore oil and gas platforms of ONGC.
Before joining RTS Renjit was awarded a First Class mechanical engineering degree from the University of Mangalore after which he gained sales engineering experience with a manufacturer of generators before moving to the UAE to work in an executive sales position with a major distributor of air compressors, generators and lubricants which in turn took him into the Power Gen and gas turbine markets of the Middle East. In his spare time Renjit has completed an MBA in Operations and Marketing. Renjit is based in Sharjah where he also lives with his wife and his two sons. His lifetime sport is cricket which he plays on a regular seasonal basis for his local Sharjah team which is part of a UAE league.
- Shaun Coleman
- Production manager
After school, Shaun was first trained as a Telecoms installation engineer. He then became the manager of a plastics manufacturing company before joining his family-owned engineering business which had been started by his dad - an ex-RAF engineer - after the second war to manufacture the hardware for business and home security systems. And as a result of Shaun's previous experience in telecoms the family business also branched out into the security alarm and CCTV business.
Shaun worked on with his dad for 18 years but sadly in 1996 their company went out of business but, happily, Shaun then joined RTS in November 1996 where he now manages all aspects of the RTS equipment manufacture at its UK factory. Shaun is an avid football fan and in his slightly younger days was the anchor-man of a top rated heavyweight Tug-O-War team. Now, however, for his relaxation, when not at the river following in his hobby of fishing, he enjoys nothing better that a good detective novel.
- Duncan Thorpe
- Technical Co-ordination and IT Manager
Duncan's background is in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He first did a college diploma in IT followed by a 4-year apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering with a major manufacturer of packaging machinery. He then joined an electronics firm involved with the design and manufacture of control panels and systems for the satellite broadcasting industry. After joining RTS in February 1999 to look after all things electrical Duncan has continued to take regular courses in numerous aspects of electrical, IT and computer technology and is now a key member of the RTS Group technical development and design team. And his interest and expertise in computer and IT technology ensures that RTS is always right up to date in those important areas of business management.
Duncan loves soccer and is the player-manager of the RTS six-a-side company team. His main hobbies includes playing sports as well as hiring out his lovingly restored Disney-commissioned "Herbie" (The "Love Bug") VW Beetle and his Pontiac Tran-Am "KITT" from Knight Rider.
- Hans de Kruijff
- RTS Chemical Division Manager
Hans de Kruijff
Hans is the most recent member of the RTS team. However he is a very important one because shortly after joining Romaco (Rochem Manufacturing Company) in January 2008 RTS implemented an extensive R&D program to update its entire chemical range to the very latest standards of chemical technology with particular emphasis on the adoption of the most ecologically friendly, yet effective chemical compounds and Hans is leading this project from his base in Rotterdam whilst also supporting the RTS Group on any chemical issues.
Before Joining Romaco Hans had gained extensive experience in industrial chemistry. In the late 90's Hans ran his own company and developed a mobile membrane filtration unit for fluid recycling projects. Hans is multi-lingual and is interested in world cultures and arts.