Rochem Technical Services

Our Key People

  • Magali Green
  • Company Secretary and Accounts Manager
    RTS Europe

Magali Green


Magali joined Peter McDermott at Marland in 1979 as his assistant direct from university after gaining her First Class Honours degree in Economics and Statistics. She also has Diplomas in Export Marketing & Business Studies, Book-keeping (R.S.A) and Hispanic Studies. She then moved with Peter to Rochem in 1980 and while continuing to work full time has still managed to raise two daughters with husband Bob, her beau from University days.

Needless to say, Magali's knowledge of the company's products and its customers is second to none and her keen mind for numbers and detail has ensured that our accounts and finances have been kept in perfect order for the past 25 years. Apart from her French mother tongue and her adopted English tongue, Magali has a gift for other languages as well so is always there to get us out of a tight spot when we are stuck for a translation. Her major sport was Volley Ball from University on. Nowadays she keeps herself fit on country walks with her dogs and a busy family life. She loves rugby and enjoys theatre, cinema and music.

Steven Jones
  • Steven Jones
  • Director Eastern Region & VP Sales

Steven Jones


Steven joined RTS Group on its formation in 1985. Previously he had worked as a technical salesman for the Rochem Marine Group in the busy port of Houston. After college and prior to joining Rochem he had varied career in sales. He has a marketing degree and is a natural born sales and marketing man. Throughout his many years with RTS he has become expert in marketing our products and services to the gas turbine industry throughout the USA, Canada and South America and now leads the sales effort in the Eastern and Gulf region of the US from his base in Cape Coral, Florida, working closely with his long time friend and counterpart, Bob Auguston, who manages the West Coast operation.

Steven also looks after various OEM accounts such as Siemens/Westinghouse General Electric and Mitsubishi US and in this role he is in regular contact with all his other RTS colleagues throughout the world. Steven has three grown daughters, enjoys computers, travel, cross-country walking, water sports, golf and generally keeping very fit.

Martin Howarth
  • Martin Howarth
  • RTS Group Technical Manager & Director of Engineering

Martin Howarth


Before joining RTS Europe in 1992 as Technical Manager, Martin had gained extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of gas turbine plant. When technical manager of a CHP gas turbine plant he had used the RTS cleaning system and chemicals to good effect in his gas turbines and liked the product so much that he joined the company where he is now in his 20th year.

From school Martin took up an officer cadetship in the UK merchant navy with whom he travelled the world extensively as an engineering officer. His degree is in electrical and electronic engineering which, together with his mechanical engineering knowledge and first hand experience in the operation and maintenance of gas turbines, made him the ideal candidate for the post of technical manager with RTS.

Martin's long time hobby is mixed-gas diving in which he is highly qualified having dived in waters stretching from Australia to his home patch of Cornwall. He is a keen motorcyclist, adventure riding extensively across Europe and into Africa. He has a son and two daughters.

Peter McDermott
  • Peter McDermott
  • Senior Consultant

Peter McDermott


Peter travelled the world while completing a 6-year marine engineering student apprenticeship and HND (Mech Eng) with the British merchant navy. He then went on to become a Technical Editor of Motor Ship Magazine followed by a stint as its Advertisement Manager. His first business venture in 1972 at age 26 was with Marine Ventures Ltd where he built and managed an international network of technical sales agents marketing new technology US marine equipment, services, and ship repair.

His next venture was as Vice-President of Marland Environmental Systems (USA) looking after all non-US business-including UK manufacturing and helping to design various types of marine systems and equipment. He joined the Rochem Marine Group in 1980 to develop a specialist marine equipment division and in 1983 formed the RTS Group to exploit the growing market for marine and industrial Gas Turbine cleaning systems and associated services where RTS it now established as a world-leader. Peter enjoyed military and sport parachuting in his younger days but now makes do with his enjoyment of art and the arts, antiques, architecture, the technical world of aviation and travel and keeps fit with his biking, country walking and swimming. He has three sons and resides in Hampshire, England.

Nithin Joseph
  • Nithin Joseph
  • Tech. Sales Manager
    (Middle East & India)

Nithin Joseph


Nithin joined RTS team in February 2010. He was then responsible for sales in UAE & Oman market. Within a short span of time he successfully installed and commissioned gas turbine compressor washing system on various engines throughout UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and India and he continued to provide direct technical support to agents and customers, At present, Nithin serves as Technical Sales Manager for Middle East & India market.

Nithin was awarded a First class Mechanical Engineering graduation From Anna university, Chennai and began his career as Service Sales Engineer in Bajaj Advance Service System. Later on he moved on to Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd(FACT) Cochin, where he worked with their design and maintenance department. He was trained in Naphtha based 900ton/day ammonia production plant & gained extensive experience in designing, operations and maintenance of various process plants and equipments. He did his academic project and in plant training in Steel & Industrial Forging Ltd (SIFL), India.

During his school days, Nithin had undergone 5 year training under National Cadet Corps (Indian Army) and achieved a rank of Junior under officer. Nithin loves motor cycling and adventures riding across Indian sub continent. His favourite sport is cricket.

Originally from India, Nithin lives in Sharjah, UAE with his wife.

Duncan Thorpe
  • Duncan Thorpe
  • Operations Manager

Duncan Thorpe


Duncan's background is in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He first did a college diploma in IT followed by a 4-year apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering with a major manufacturer of packaging machinery. He then joined an electronics firm involved with the design and manufacture of control panels and systems for the satellite broadcasting industry. After joining RTS in February 1999 to look after all things electrical Duncan has continued to take regular courses in numerous aspects of electrical, IT and computer technology and is now a key member of the RTS Group technical development and design team. And his interest and expertise in computer and IT technology ensures that RTS is always right up to date in those important areas of business management.

Duncan loves soccer and is the player-manager of the RTS six-a-side company team. His main hobbies includes playing sports as well as hiring out his lovingly restored Disney-commissioned "Herbie" (The "Love Bug") VW Beetle and his Pontiac Tran-Am "KITT" from Knight Rider.

  • Robert Auguston Jnr
  • Director Western Region & Corporate Secretary

Robert Auguston Jnr


Bob joined the Rochem Marine group in 1986 on the acquisition by Rochem of his family's own marine chemicals business, Dasic, and soon became a real asset to Rochem Marine by helping to substantially increase its US sales and market share. In 1989 Bob then joined the RTS Group. Since then he has enjoyed a strong and fruitful working relationship and friendship with his co-director Steven Jones for nearly 20 years.

Bob has a BA degree in Economics and a Masters in International Management which, allied to his strong technical grasp of the chemical business, made him the ideal candidate to manage the RTS US sales and marketing function for the Western region. In 1995 he was also promoted to Corporate Secretary of RTS USA and his office in Portland, Oregon is the administration centre for RTS USA.

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