About Us

OPEC CBRNe Ltd is a UK (Larbert, Scotland) based designer and manufacturer of Level C CBRN Protection suits. It was established by OPEC Systems in 2017 to refine and improve the former Remploy technology, applying the latest leading edge materials and a range of advanced construction techniques to provide exciting new innovations in suit design.

OPEC CBRNe is immensely proud to partner with Haven Protective Technology Solutions (Haven PTS) to continue to provide this prestigious range of suits to the next generation of modern war fighters and first responders.

In 2014 Remploy’s Frontline CBRNe garment business was sold to Haven PTS, a flourishing social enterprise based in Scotland employing 90% disabled personnel. Many of the highly skilled former Remploy team moved across to Haven PTS thereby preserving this rich and proud British legacy of CBRNe suit expertise and its strong connection with social enterprise dating back to the 1940s.

In 2017, to assist in the manufacture and distribution of the Frontline range, Haven PTS teamed under exclusive licence with OPEC CBRNe. This collaboration delivers world leading CBRNe capability via the latest garment fabrication technologies and exciting innovations in design and material protection.

Social Contract

OPEC is delighted to be involved with Haven Protective Technology Solutions. Haven is a social enterprise providing employment and training opportunities to people with disabilities. Approximately 90 per cent of Haven’s workforce has a disability. The company provides meaningful employment and development opportunities for its entire workforce. Haven is part of Momentum, a leading not-for-profit organisation providing rehabilitation, training and care services for disabled and socially excluded people throughout the UK.

Haven provides a range of services such as contract packing, component assembly, print finishing and recycling to some of the country’s largest blue chip companies. Momentum relies on competent, motivated and committed employees to carry out its valuable work at its sites across Scotland.

Haven is committed to ensuring that all employees receive proper recognition, reward and support, and operate a staff training programme to ensure that employees progress in their chosen career with the company.

Our People

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy

Managing Director

Peter is the MD, founding member and joint owner of OPEC Systems and has over 25 years' experience in the environmental engineering and consulting industry. Peter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and has competencies in Complex Project Management, Inter-Party Negotiations, Business Development and Training. Peter has led a number of complex projects for State/Federal Government agencies.

Connor Walsh

Connor Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

Connor is the CEO and joint owner of OPEC CBRNe and parent company OPEC Systems. He has over 25 years of local and international business experience. Joining OPEC in 2005, Connor worked previously for EMI Music Group. Connor holds a Bachelor of Business and is an Associate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (1989). Connor also holds competencies in Complex Project Management, Contract Negotiation, Business Development and Training.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

General Manager CBRN

Former Remploy Frontline General Manager, Chris has operational and commercial experience across the CBRN PPE space. The original pioneer of the Kestrel CBRN system, he implemented cultural and commercial change while at Remploy and has since worked in other specialist PPE areas. Although his main role in OPEC CBRNe is Commercial he has developed strong relationships with the major suppliers of technical textiles, the testing houses and ancillary suppliers.

Mike Beck

Mike Beck

Senior Garment Specialist

Mike is a true CBRN Technical professional. His knowledge and experience spans across fabric and garment functionality. As Technical Manager at Remploy Frontline between 2002 and 2012 he worked on prestigious projects including Quick-don (UK Police), MK1VA (UK MoD) and headed up several projects to develop lightweight garments which resulted in the successful launch of the Phoenix system. As a true expert in his field, he is able to put technical CBRN issues in language we all understand.

Geoff Rowland

Geoff Rowland

General Manager Defence

Prior to joining OPEC, Geoff completed 21 years’ service in the Australian Defence Force, rising to the position of Regimental Sergeant Major. He has a proven track record in General Management and Project Management acting as the Chief Operating Officer for OPEC Systems for 5 years before commencing his new role as General Manager – Defence Division. Geoff is a specialist in the planning and conduct of a wide range of operations including Counter Landmine Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD), CBRN Defence, Commercial Diving and Asbestos remediation. Geoff has been a Member of the Institute of Explosive Engineers since 2012.

Kirsty Kirk

Kirsty Kirk

Research and Development Manager

As the former R&D Manager for Carrington Textiles, Kirsty is well acquainted with our market and understands the challenges inherent in developing a combat uniform with CBRN protection. Kirsty is a Leeds University graduate in Advanced Textiles and Performance Clothing, where her research focused on textile air permeability, water repellency, heat and moisture transfer and heat stress. Her research dissertation ‘Improving the thermal resistance of firefighter’s personal protective equipment’ is arguably a fairly perfect starting point for a CBRN career. She brings with her a wealth of product development experience in the clothing world, having initially cut her teeth in a range of interesting roles for sportswear, outdoor wear and high end women’s wear manufacturers. A self-confessed ‘textile geek’, Kirsty is looking forward to applying her knowing and experience gained to this new challenging field.

Mike Ransom

Mike Ransom

Manager of Defence Services

Mike oversees remediation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and toxic remnants of war as Managerof OPEC’s Defence Services Division. Mike brings with him a wealth of expertise gained at Australian company Milsearch, where he was engaged for 14 years as the General Manager with responsibility for UXO remediation across Australia, New Zealand, the South West Pacific and South East Asia. New Zealand born Mike also comes to OPEC off the back of 24 years’ military experience with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, where he worked as an Armament Technician and as the Senior Inspector of Explosives.

Sarah Hassinger

Sarah Hassinger

Business Development Manager, NA

Sarah held the position of Remploy Business Development Manager, North America for eight years. She helped establish the first Remploy office in the USA and developed working relationships with various civil and military agencies in the US, Canada and South America. Sarah was Board Member and Treasurer of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Industry Group from 2011 – 2017. Prior to employment with Remploy, she had an extensive career as an educator at primary and secondary levels.

Environmental Policy

OPEC CBRNe is committed to helping the environment.

Our sister company OPEC Systems is an environmental engineering company and holds the ISO 14001 Environmental accreditation, along with ISO 9001 for Quality and the AS/NZS 4801 OH&S accreditation.

As an ISO9001 and ISO14001 accredited Company, OPEC has the reduction of environmental impact as one of its core values. We do this by the setting of KPI’s which we monitor and measure vigorously.

Amongst others, those KPI’s include:

  • Reduction of energy consumption
  • Reduction in raw materials wastage
  • Increase in recycling of waste raw materials
  • Screening of suppliers to ensure environmental  compliance is maximised
  • Maintenance of geographical supply chain which minimises transportation impacts

Environmental Policy