Deep 4 Energy (D4E) was established in 2015 to support start up and mid-sized energy service companies in their corporate development journey. Many companies post-start up find themselves at cross-roads in terms of how to further develop their businesses. Often they require assistance with strategy, governance, additional capital for expansion, acquisitions or product commercialisation. In many cases this may require the shareholders to re-structure their business for growth. D4E can add significant value to help companies meet these challenges. Due to the broad international experience of our team, we deeply understand the businesses we are engaged with and we back this experience by investing alongside the founding shareholders.

Duncan Mitchell
Co-Founder and Partner

With over 30 years experience in the oil and gas sector, Duncan provides both operator and contractor insights into establishing, expanding and maintaining businesses.

He worked with Brown & Root, Allseas, 2W and Rockwater in the North Sea before moving to Australia in 1994. Over the past 20 years he has worked as Project Director / Project Manager on a number of projects including Ampolex Wandoo and Rocoil Cliff Head.

He is currently Managing Director of MRA Group Pty Ltd and is a Director of a UK based onshore wind energy generation company.

His qualifications include MSc Management (MIT Sloan Fellow), BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Fellow IMechE (UK) and GAICD.

John Edwards
Co-Founder and Partner

John is a 34 year veteran in the Oil and Gas service sector. As Co-Founder and CEO of Canyon Offshore in 1996 he developed the business from the ground up in Houston, Texas, expanded into the North Sea and Asia Pacific and led the sale of the business to Helix Energy (NYSE:HLX) in 2002.

John founded TSMarine Australia in 2006 expanding the business into Asia and the North Sea and sold the business to Dutch multi-national company Fugro NV (FUR:AMS) in 2011. Specialising in subsea construction and maintenance, marine operations and offshore survey, John has held operational, commercial, senior management and director positions worldwide including China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Indonesia, USA and Australia.

John is currently serving as Chairman of Shelf Subsea Pty Ltd, Director at IAS Group and is the Co-Chairman of Rubgy WA and the Asteron Life Super Rugby team Western Force.

Iain Fraser

Iain is a seasoned CFO / Finance Director with over 25 years experience in oil and gas with Technip (now TechnipFMC).


Has particular expertise in pre and post-merger & acquisitions, development / implementation / monitoring of cost synergy initiatives and financial management of project driven P&L's.

Has worked in UK, India, Malaysia, USA and Australia.


Bruce Lane

Bruce has 25 years experience that spans strategy development, general management, marketing & product management, new product introduction, new business initiatives, funding, board governance and compliance. Recently he has specialized in helping start-ups, managing growth projects and financing for early stage initiatives and companies. 

He has held a number of board and management positions in Australia, the UK and New Zealand including roles as executive & non-executive director of ASX listed companies. 

Bruce has experience in a range of industries including: Resources, Technology, Consumer & Industrial Products, Food, Retail, Online, Venture Capital and Government.

His qualifications include BCom, MSc (LBS Sloan Fellowship) and GAICD