UVS Appoints New Technical Sales Managers

Subsea equipment and systems provider UVS announces the appointment of two new technical sales managers, Francine Watts (below, left) in Perth and Jen Benson (below, right) in Newcastle.


According to the company’s chief operating  officer Neil Trenaman, “This expansion means we can support a broader range of customers in all our markets across Australia, from oceanographic, hydrographic and defence markets to offshore oil & gas, renewable energy and water utilities”.

“Francine brings to UVS extensive technical marine and subsea experience, as well as commercial expertise”, said Mr Trenaman.  She has held senior positions at ADS Environmental Services, Benthic Geotech and Saab Seaeye in the United Kingdom, where she was technical sales engineer.

Francine also offers wide-ranging water and wastewater industry knowledge and holds masters degrees in marine sciences and ocean engineering, with a post graduate certificate in management.  “I am excited about developing our networks in Western Australia, especially within the oil and gas sector”, said Ms Watts. 

Jen Benson will use her experience on major projects to spearhead sales of next-generation sewer leak detection solutions for UVS, based in the Newcastle office.

Jen’s career has included technical project leadership and senior engineering roles with Orica Australia, Sandvik Mining & Construction and United Group Rail (UGL).  She holds masters degrees in professional accounting and project management, along with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering.  

“We are delighted to welcome Jen and Francine to the team. We can’t wait to put their expertise into practice”, added Mr Trenaman.

For more than forty years UVS has been a trusted supplier of subsea equipment and systems to industry, science and academia. The company has introduced many innovative new technologies to the Australian market in that time, including the first Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in the 1970s and Acoustic Current Doppler Profiling (ACDP) technology in the 1980s. It now provides sales and support of Wave Glider technology for the Royal Australian Navy.