Our People

Subtech recognises that its people are the true creators of value within the Company. The competencies of our people are the differentiating factor that enables the Group to remain a market leader in the broad-based maritime industry, providing the highest level of tailored service to our clients. Our core values of Passion, Teamwork, Best Endeavours and Sustainability are embedded in the talent of our people and are the key drivers of our success.

Each of the Group’s Service Divisions boasts an impressive team of specialised skills, and resources. Driving each of our people is a passion for ensuring every client engagement is carried out in the spirit of innovation combined with experience that is the core ethos of Subtech.

Paul Whiley – Chief Executive Officer
Paul Whiley has been associated with Subtech since 1993 and his passion for the subsea business led him to become a full-time employee in 2003. He progressed through the roles of Diving Superintendent, Offshore Construction Manager, Senior Project Manager, Business Development Manager and Managing Director. Subsequent to Mermaid’s acquisition of Subtech in 2010 and as a result of his efforts in the successful growth of this company, Paul was appointed head of Mermaid Subsea Services with the responsibility to oversee this unit’s expansion globally.   At the time that he left Mermaid, Paul was Executive Vice President, Mermaid Subsea Services as well as a director of Mermaid Subsea Services, Mermaid Subsea Services Saudi Arabia, and Zamil Mermaid. Prior to Subtech/Mermaid, Paul worked with Comex, later Stolt Offshore, and then Acergy (now part of Subsea 7). Paul began his career as a diver in 1988 after he graduated in English and Law from the University of Natal in South Africa, and further studies at the University of South Africa in Sociology.

Neil Scott-Williams – Managing Director Inshore
A founding member and the Salvage and Marine Director of Subtech, Neil is well known and much respected in the South African maritime industry. Having started off as a Navy Diver and gone on to complete his commercial diving qualifications, Neil has worked in the commercial diving arena – both on the operational and the training side – since the late 1980’s. His own involvement in the operational and management side of salvage and rapid response dates back to 1996 and his knowledge and skills in this highly specialised area are much sought after.

Greg Raaff – Director
A professional engineer with a B.Sc Degree in Civil Engineering and a member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers, Greg has been with Subtech since March 2001. Greg has extensive experience in the construction industry having worked for, amongst others, Frankipile SA as Contracts Manager and Group 5 Civils SA as Site Manager.

Gert Muller – Director
Gert started his diving career in the RSA navy completing his 2 years national service in Namibia. He pursued his diving career by completing the UK HSE Part 2 in Scotland, to enable him working internationally in the Oil and Gas industry. His first experiences as a commercial diver were aboard a salvage vessel and working for South African Diving Services. Gert worked extensively throughout the Far East working for companies like DIVEOCEAN, SAIPEM and ROCKWATER, during this period he completed his Mixed Gas Saturation ticket in Marseille, France. He then returned back to Africa & joined forces with Subtech in 1997 focusing on operations & now heading up the Subsea Division.

Craig Heslop – Director
A Chartered Accountant, Craig Heslop joined Subtech in March 2004 as Financial Manager and was later moved, as the Company grew exponentially, to the role of Financial Director. Craig offers Subtech a multitude of skills and competencies that relate to the complexities of conducting business internationally. A performance driven professional, Craig brings international experience in the FMCG and Construction sector to the team. Possessing a sound business acumen, coupled with a strong analytical ability, Craig has an ability for building and motivating a cohesive team.

Steph Hock – Engineering Director
Having been involved in the Marine & civil engineering field for over 20 years, Steph has a solid and enviable project participation and role player record. With work experience gained from the likes of PRDW, Murray and Roberts Engineering Solutions and Hochtief-Concor, Steph has been involved in the design or construction of, amongst others, the Durban Harbour Entrance Widening Project, the Durban Harbour Services Tunnel Replacement, the Port of Ngqura, the Kalifa Bin Salman Port, and the caisson gate of the Simons Town graving dock.