Steve Bennett – Blue Abyss

Steve Bennett – Blue Abyss

Job Title
Organisation Effectiveness Director
Steve has over 35 years' international Human Resources management experience, in a diverse range of organisations, including Ford Motor Company, Grand Metropolitan, Duracell, EMI Music, Esselte, and Care UK. He has delivered numerous organisational restructures and performance improvement programmes in PLC, Limited Company, PE funded and Not-for-Profit contexts. He has played a leadership role in several new business/start-up scenarios, including multi-national undertakings and joint ventures. Steve has developed and delivered leadership programmes at middle, senior and executive management levels. He has been instrumental in successful turn-arounds, restoring loss making businesses to profitability, and participated in executive teams that have delivered rapid, material top and bottom-line growth. Steve holds a BA in Business Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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Organisation Effectiveness Director
Company Profile
Blue Abyss' pioneering centre will be the most comprehensive deep sea and space research, training and test facility of its kind in the world, unmatched in its breadth of configuration. Blue Abyss' primary function is to enable extreme environment development, both human and robotic, ranging from the offshore energy industry through to the growing ... Morehuman spaceflight sector and adventure tourism.

Blue Abyss is among the most ground-breaking projects of its time. This state-of-the-art facility aims to become the world's premier deep-sea and space extreme environment research, training and test centre. Brainchild of ex-forces diving instructor and technology consultant John Vickers, planning began back in September 2014.

Blue Abyss is designed to cater for a huge variety of applications. Manufacturers can test Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) assemblies, researchers can evaluate new diving equipment and the effects of prolonged periods of submersion on the body, commercial and recreational divers can conduct their training at various depths, while freedivers can test their mettle in the 50m deep shaft.

And to most realistically simulate these environments, we will be able to insert cave systems, shipwrecks and spacecraft alongside a fully flexible submerged lighting system, poolside crane, tie-down points and lifting platforms. This will allow the pool to be customised for a huge range of uses.

Blue Abyss is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.