Bernard Herman van Bilderbeek BSc M.Eng (aged 67)

Ben founded the Plexus business in 1986. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry in both engineering and management roles and previously held senior positions with Vetco Offshore Industries, Dril-Quip, and Ingram Cactus. Following a career at Vetco, where Ben rose to the position of General Manager of UK Engineering, he went on to found his own oil and gas consultancy, VBC Consultants, in 1982. During this time, his clients included Amoco, Marathon Oil, FMC Corporation and Dril-Quip. In 1986, Ben founded Plexus and went on to merge the wellhead division of his company with Ingram Cactus where he became President Eastern Hemisphere. In 1996 Ben regained the Plexus Ocean Systems Limited name through which POS-GRIP technology was invented and then developed and commercialised for the oil services wellhead equipment market.