Meet the team

Experience, expertise and a clear vision for the future

Our extensive experience and knowledge of water and wastewater infrastructure are what sets us apart. We have a world-class team of expert innovators who are passionate about revolutionising the way water networks are monitored and managed.

Meet the leadership team

Phil Walker

Chief Executive Officer

Phil is CEO of Orbis and Aquam Water Services, he has a strong track record in delivering strategic solutions that improve services and reduce costs, using both programme and operational line management. He has worked with the company since 2015 building the company to have 17 long term water company contracts in the UK
Phil is extensively experience in large-scale operational management, optimising business processes and creating innovative customer solutions that increase performance and improve the customer experience. His original background was in banking and finance, working as an area Director for Lloyds TSB banking group. He then spent nine years at Thames Water working on client relationships, taking on leadership roles on the revenue and billing side. Following this Phil worked for Affinity Water on PR 14, the link between customers and the wholesale operation.
Phil is based in Gloucester, UK. He enjoys sailing his boat and walking and climbing in Scotland and the Lake District.

Danny Krywyj

Chief Technical Officer

Danny is chief technical officer of Orbis and Aquam Water Services, he has decades of experience growing pipeline infrastructure technology businesses. In 2004 he founded JD7 Technologies, a UK company which developed some of the first pipeline condition assessment technologies for water, gas and industry, which won several awards for innovation.
Aquam acquired JD7 in 2014 and Danny became managing director of the pipe diagnostics division, where he oversaw expansion into North America. Danny completed his mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Rolls Royce UK and spent 10 years working as an engineer within the nuclear marine technical development division.
In 2017 Danny founded Orbis Intelligent Systems, a pipeline infrastructure monitoring business focussing on IoT communications within water infrastructure assets. Orbis was acquired in 2020 and integrated into Aquam Water Services.

John Cooper

Project Manager

John works in close partnership with our clients to deliver pipeline diagnostics projects in the UK and globally. He also trains clients to use the Orbis’ pipeline camera systems.
John joined Orbis 2014, he manages a team that carries out pipeline investigations. Identifying pipeline points under-pressure, assessing internal pipe conditions and pipe tracing. John has worked on projects in Chile, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, Netherlands, Bahamas, Thailand and Taiwan.
He has all necessary certification for UK operations, including the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), National Water Hygiene, Scottish Water’s Distribution Operation & Maintenance Strategy (DOMS), Safety Health & Environmental Awareness (SHEA) Gas, Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) Safety Passport, Working in Confined Spaces and Signing, Lighting & Guarding.
John previously worked as a senior site technician, working with clients to solve issues with water, gas and sewage valves and mains in the UK. He also fabricated and installed polyethylene pressure pipes and branch saddles for clients in the water and gas sector.
John is based in Derby and has keen interest in keeping fit, working out at the gym and walking in the countryside.

Tom Hives

Technical and Operations Manager

Tom oversees production, operations and business development for Aquam Pipe diagnostics technologies. He has been with the company since 2007, after joining JD7 Technology, and was instrumental in the development and testing of the company’s award-winning pipeline assessment technologies.
When JD7 was acquired by Aquam in 2014, Tom took on an international role, overseeing technology sales, project delivery and cultivating relationships in the global industry. He came into engineering through an advanced modern apprenticeship in electrical mechanical engineering production in the power generation industry.
Tom lives in Derby and enjoys cycling, playing golf and walking in the Peak District national park with his fiancée and their dog.

Jorge Acosta

Senior Hardware Engineer

Jorge oversees hardware development at Orbis. He brings over 20 years of electronics experience, mostly in low-power radio frequency design. He previously held senior engineering positions at several companies, including Panasonic and start-ups in the San Diego area. He has been a consultant for a number of engineering design projects including audio amplifiers and solar charging. He has also carried out testing and certification to Federation of Communications Commission DO160-MilStd – the US regulatory standard for manufacturers of radio products and wireless equipment.
Jorge holds a bachelor´s degree in electronics and a master’s in optics from the Center for Scientific Research & Higher Education in Ensenada, Mexico.

Lou Rossetti

VP Sales

Lou is responsible for Orbis product sales across the US and Canada, and has over 20 years of water industry experience, specializing in acoustic leak detection and Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction Lou has successfully led many of the largest deployments of remote monitoring, acoustic leak detection devices in North America. Working with large, medium and smaller utilities, it has been a hallmark of Lou’s career to treat each customer individually, creating both tactical and strategic solutions to help meet their goals. Lou earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from East Stroudsburg University. He and his wife are the proud parents of five children and three grandchildren.

Aubrey Smitherman

VP of Sales

Aubrey has worked within the Water Industry for over 15 years specialising in Water Networks and Non-Revenue Water including working for large companies such as Veolia Water as well as directly for smaller Water Municiples to assist in reducing non-revenue water.

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