Founder & CEO

Bill Dobie

Bill worked as a ship agent, shipbroker, and chartering manager of a major US dry bulk carrier. In early 2000, he co-founded www.navarik.com and was CEO for seven years, inventing its core products and services, landing its primary anchor clients and leading it through significant growth. After Navarik, he worked with various software, shipping, and media companies. He then returned to the shipping software business, founding Stage 3 Systems, which runs major software services for shipowners, charterers, and agents around the world.

Bill has been programming since he was 12 and while doesn't code much these days his primary passion remains understanding a problem and then using design, engineering, thoughtfulness and craft to build great programs and solutions to solve it.



Peter Jackson

Peter has recently joined and serves as President of Stage 3 Systems, where he is responsible for company operations.

Peter’s passion is to employ technology and innovation to solve business problems. The desired result may include: compliance with new regulations, or improvements in business efficiency and effectiveness.

Before joining Stage 3 Systems, Peter spent 16 years at Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. where he was a Vice President and responsible for Technology Development, Technical Services and New Building.

Peter is a graduate Mechanical Engineer,  Licensed Marine Chief Engineer and holds an MBA from Middlesex University in London. Peter is also a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, UK.


Thomas Charbonnel

Thomas has been working in the software industry for nearly 30 years in a wide variety of contexts, from hardware device drivers to the web, industrial desktop applications to distributed services, with a focus on performance, predictability and reliability.

He joined Stage 3 Systems in 2011.


Emily Tsen

Emily joined Stage 3 Systems in 2014 bringing with her 20+ years of experience in various disciplines from managing delivery and operations to financial leadership and stewardship. She has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, education, and technology.  

In her various roles, Emily has successfully built workflow solutions to help company’s meet the challenges of growth, expansion and change.


Director of Product Development

Alex Crooks

As Director of Product Development at Stage 3 Systems, Alex Crooks helps shipping companies around the world transform their businesses to harness software to help their staff become more productive and effective, and their vessels more efficient.

With a deep experience in software engineering and talent connecting with customers and the challenges they face at work, Alex has worked with Stage 3 Systems since early 2013 being deeply involved in product design, vision and software development. Alex has helped Monson Agencies automate their DA workflows, G2 Ocean to unify their commercial desk, Seaspan to transform their fleet management, among many other projects across ship agencies, fleet managers and charterers.

Alex first learned how to code at the age of nine and eventually started working as a contractor, later moving into full-time and other independent roles building software for many industries, from education to digital advertising to shipping.

Director of Ship Agency Solutions

Dewi Evans

In the role of Director of Ship Agency Solutions, Dewi Evans is helping to change the way Ship Agency businesses can perform in more proactive and efficient methods.

Having joined in 2013 he has worked in multiple roles of Stage 3 Systems using his 15 years of experience of working in Freight Forwarding, Customs and Ship Agency positions, combined with a passion for technology, to help transform the way Shipping Companies operate. As one who will always question the status quo he is now leading the way in Ship Agency Solutions to facilitate collaborative working, increased accuracy and better service for the Ship Agency industry and the Principals they serve.


Director of Chartering Solutions

Nick Sinclair

With over 10 years experience in the Dry Cargo Shipping Industry, working for Industrials to Trading Houses to Investment Banks, Nick's experience spans the full spectrum of supply chain logistics, from managing mining programs to cement production and power generation. Latterly Nick managed the Coal Logistics team at Goldman Sachs, focusing on optimising the trading book through process improvement to benefit the efficiency of the Ops team. Having managed the many different elements of the supply chain Nick understands where new technologies can be leveraged to produce efficiencies and add value to a business.

Director of Delivery & Projects

Niki Walton

Niki started working in the oil and gas shipping sector in 2000. As a Systems Manager for the Marine and HSEQ divisions, Niki was responsible for the development, implementation and overall management of a series of operational systems connecting ship and shore staff with tools to share information. Through several merger and acquisitions, Niki worked with multiple companies to merge compliance systems and processes under one governing platform.

In 2013, Niki moved from working in operations to working in technology as a Business Analyst and Project Manager for a ship building and marine services company. While in this role, Niki led several system replacement initiatives to upgrade technology supporting  Supply Chain Management, Shipyard Operations, Marine Engineering, and HSEQ. In addition, Niki acted as the Quality Manager for the Marine division while developing, implementing and attaining ISO 9001 management system certification.

With over 15 years of experience managing software solutions and working closely with stakeholders to solve complex process and systems challenges, Niki made the natural move in 2017 to Stage 3 Systems in software development and digital transformation. Here, Niki has been working closely with clients to develop strategies in digital transformation and machine learning.


Founded in 2010, Stage 3 Systems has spent the last decade building an incredibly talented Strategy & Consulting team – a group of specialists whose passion is to develop software that solves complex project management, data visibility, and communication problems faced by the marine shipping industry.

For more than a decade we've supported the shipping industry with easy-to-use, secure, common-sense software solutions for their information technology needs. We have a proven track record for making our customers successful through innovative leading-edge systems that dramatically improve business performance.

Today, you'll find our software in offices, shipping centers, and on ships around the world, because we're uniquely positioned to provide services across the whole spectrum of maritime activities. Around the world and throughout the shipping value chain — from shipowners to builders, charterers, and agents — we're proud Stage 3 Systems are making the difference daily for our clients.

Our mission? Creating simple-to-use software and backing it with solid support that includes top-level hosting, maintenance, engineering, and even person-to-person support from our staff when you need it most. Our clients include some of the world's leading shipping, agency, and trading companies, so we know there are lives, cargo, and profitability on the line daily. That's why we thrive on helping all our clients perform in new ways, safely and at their best, operating with worry-free efficiency for the long-haul.

When we think about the shipping industry, we think about the challenges it faces — dangerous weather, tides, scheduling shifts, labor challenges, the mechanics of ships and terminals, and so much more. We understand that our whole world relies on shipping reaching its destination on time, whether it's overseas food for supermarkets or the final span for a new bridge slated to open in weeks.

With all of that going on, the shipping industry doesn't have time for guesswork, incomplete data, or complicated programs. From our design through to our support, we get that.

Simply put, we help the maritime industry do stuff better, and we think our job is never done.