Meet the RS Divers Ltd. team

Our team is made up of some of the finest diving and engineering talent in the industry, supported by a land-based team of professionals.

Ruben Stephenson

Founder and Sales Director

Ruben’s distinguished career started as a dive guide in the Red Sea. He went on to take his considerable diving skills to commercial diving projects, such as wind farms and inshore civil engineering contracts. As his career progressed, his attention was brought to a significant gap in the commercial diving market. So, in 2005, he launched RS Divers in Portsmouth with the aim of becoming the best commercial diving company in the South.

The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Ruben is our Sales Director, meeting with potential customers to promote the value that RS Divers can add to their operations. As well as managing our client relationships, he even finds time to go diving himself. In his spare time, Ruben is still drawn to the water and enjoys fly fishing.

Land-based Team

Mike Mackenzie and Sheila Hill are at the heart of our diving operations. Working at our HQ on the quayside in Portsmouth, they run a very tight ship, if you’ll pardon the pun. Following a disciplined and robust set of processes, they deliver a highly efficient service to our clients, who hold them in very high regard.

Mike Mackenzie

Operations Manager

Mike spent 20 years in the Royal Navy Submarine Service, backed up by 20 years in commerce building companies.

Sheila Hill

Finance Manager

Sheila is a seasoned professional with an extensive career in business and marketing in the consumer goods sector.

Tyler Small

Technician

Tyler joined the team in 2023, taking over the role of RS Divers’ Technician.

Charlie Gandar Professional Diver

Charlie Gandar

Diver

Meet Charlie, a dedicated diver at RS Divers.

A typical example would be an engagement where our client knows what they need but requires support in both defining a solution and the method to execute it. 

On a recent salvage project, the simple task of diving and stropping the vessel in question actually presented some very challenging diving conditions with massive fluctuations in tidal stream and very short dive windows. The team understood what was needed and liaised with the client and two other service providers to ensure the right resources and expertise were in the right place at the right time.

DIVE TEAMS

Our dive teams are made up primarily of offshore divers who come ashore to work with us. With backgrounds in both the military and commercial sectors, they are at home in and under the water and have a range of qualifications and civil engineering experience that allows RS Divers to tackle any task.

RS Divers actively recruits young and novice divers and takes them through a comprehensive programme of training and work experience as well as supporting them in obtaining their diving qualifications.

Are you an experienced diver or marine civil engineer?

We always welcome experienced commercial divers and civil engineers to contact us. We employ diving supervisors with ADC qualifications and staff divers with a minimum of HSE Surface Supplied qualification (the old part three). Any vacancies we have will be advertised on this page, but feel free to drop us a line with your CV in the meantime.

Mike Mackenzie

Operations Manager

Mike spent 20 years in the Royal Navy Submarine Service (including small-ship command), backed up by 20 years in commerce building companies, consulting on working practices and how to deliver value. This allows him to support Ruben and the divers by delivering the best possible working environment, creating teams of people who enjoy what they do and are motivated to serve our clients. 

A former member of Mensa, former Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and Yachtmaster Offshore, Mike delivers a breadth of experience, motivation and excitement well suited to working in the diving industry.

Sheila Hill

Finance Manager

Sheila is a seasoned professional with an extensive career in business and marketing in the consumer goods sector. Over the years, she has honed her skills and gained valuable experience in finance, administration, and customer service, making her a true asset to RS Divers.

Sheila’s financial acumen and meticulous attention to detail have proven invaluable to the company, allowing for efficient management of resources and streamlined operations. Sheila is also highly regarded by both colleagues and clients for her exceptional customer service skills. She has a knack for building strong relationships and understanding client needs, making her a trusted point of contact for our clients. 

Above all, Sheila is a great team player who helps foster a positive and collaborative work environment at RS Divers. Outside of work, Sheila is never happier than when with her labradoodle Leo, who is now the company’s mascot and friendly protector of our quayside offices!

Tyler Small

Technician

Tyler joined the team in 2023, taking over the role of RS Divers’ Technician. Tyler brings a multitude of knowledge from civil engineering projects, motoring mechanics and serving as a Police Officer. 

His combined working and life experience amalgamates into a keen eye for attention to detail and discipline where it matters most; that is, helping to ensure the client’s needs are met and exceeded, providing the necessary equipment ready for the divers and ensuring that it is in safe working order. 

Charlie Gandar Professional Diver

Charlie Gandar

Technician

Meet Charlie, a dedicated diver at RS Divers. He has studied marine engineering at college which has assisted in relevant diving projects. Despite his young age, he has already proven to be a valuable asset, demonstrating a keen willingness to learn and adapt. His passion for diving and commitment to excellence are evident in every project he undertakes.