Bluewater Bio Scoops Fergus Rooksby as New Commercial Director complementing recent marketing and sales team appointments

Posted: Wednesday 21st November 2012

Bluewater Bio International, the provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Fergus Rooksby as Commercial Director.

Fergus brings over 20 years’ engineering, project development and commercial experience in water and waste water, gained on projects throughout the UK as well the USA, Middle East, North Africa, Europe & Asia. During the last decade or so, Fergus has drawn on this broad skills set in business development roles with Biotim, AWG, Purac and, most recently Enpure Ltd.

Fergus’ career has also provided him with valuable insight into the importance of water and wastewater management within the broader cleantech and energy sectors. His early roles included, for instance, landfill, Combined Heat & Power and waste strategy projects in both the public and private sector.

As Business Development Director (Water) for Enpure, Fergus was responsible to the Board for all new business in the water sector – both domestic and overseas. By mid 2012 this equated to a £60m per annum water turnover, with some £350m of pipeline and a further £300m of named opportunities.

Highlights of his time at Enpure include:

• Driving wider market penetration of the company’s licensed thermal drying technology, culminating in securing the Jebel Ali project for Dubai Municipality – the largest beltdryer facility in the sector worldwide.
• Leading the small team that achieved industry acceptance of, and project pipeline for, the company’s high rate DAF technology in the new field of desalination pretreatment – resulting in its installation at the world’s largest desalination plant at Raz Al Khair, Saudi (1000 Mega Litres per Day);

• Process Design responsibility for a major industrial effluent treatment facility at AstraZeneca’s Avlon Works, UK (£20m) – including the initial extensive pilot trials;

• Lead process design for the highly innovative sewage and sludge treatment works at Lowestoft, UK (£75m, 400,000 population equivalent).

Fergus joins Bluewater Bio’s rapidly growing team based in London, Glasgow and Bahrain. He will be working especially closely with co-founding Technical Director, Garry Hoyland and recently-appointed Marketing Director, Justin Heath.

Fergus commented: “Bluewater Bio have a highly refreshing approach to new technology in the cleantech sector. Their world class engineering and development team has positioned them strongly in both emerging and existing markets over a relatively short space of time. The level of acceptance and excitement from their new and existing client base is a credit to everyone at the Company. This is a huge opportunity for me to build on BwB’s strong foundations and to help position ourselves with key international players over the coming months.“

Daniel Ishag, Founder & CEO of Bluewater Bio International added: “Whilst we were sad to see Enpure’s renowned water team dragged down by commercial issues beyond their control, we were also quick to see the resulting opportunity. Fergus came highly recommended by former colleagues, some of them here at BwB, and I am delighted that our own reputation in the market proved equally compelling to him.

“In the few weeks that Fergus has been with Bluewater Bio, he has already provided wise counsel to our projects and partnerships as far afield as the USA, South Africa and Ireland. I, for one, look forward to learning from his deep industry experience and extensive contact book as enquiry levels rocket; fuelled by BwB’s recent successes at Ashbourne in the UK and Princeton Meadows in New Jersey.”

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