Office ManagerGBRHolly BylettOffice Manager
Holly was born and grew up in Portsmouth. Holly is the team's front of house receptionist and office manager, meeting and greeting visitors with a friendly smile and assisting with general enquiries from the team and members of the public. Before joining the team, Holly spent two years in recruitment, specialising in the commercial and legal sector. In her spare time, Holly enjoys attending music festivals around the UK with her friends and family.
PA to Ben Ainslie & Grant SimmerARGLuciana CorralPA to Ben Ainslie & Grant Simmer
Born in Argentina, Luciana has been involved in five consecutive America’s Cup campaigns since the 32nd Cup working on a variety of roles from logistics to marketing to administration. Primarily she has been PA to various Management Groups. Luciana joins the team as PA to Ben Ainslie and Grant Simmer. Luciana is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand where the 36th America’s Cup will take place.
Human Resources ManagerGBRJoanna DespardHuman Resources Manager
A resident of Cowes, Joanna has been involved in Human Resources sector for the last 20 years. Her early career was spent in London working within the investment banking arena before moving into public sector recruitment. For the last 10 years she has worked within the marine industry for a number of different companies setting up their HR functions. Joanna was also part of the team for the 35th America's Cup campaign.
Finance ManagerGBRDan HoltFinance Manager
Dan was born in Southampton and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton. Dan is now Finance Manager for the team responsible for managing the day-to-day financial operations of the business. He has 10 years audit and accounting experience in a Practice environment dealing with a large variety of different businesses. Dan spends his spare time trying to keep up with his two young children.
Head of ITGBRPeter JonesHead of IT
Peter began sailing in Hong Kong during the 70’s before returning to University in the UK. A career in the marine trade in parallel to Admirals Cup, One Ton and Farr 40 successes eventually led to a sabbatical with Stewart Grand Prix before returning to the South Coast in the 90’s to establish an IT company specialising in the support of marine trade companies and sailing projects from Olympic to Volvo and the America’s Cup. Peter worked for the team during the 35th America's Cup.
IT EngineerGBRLiam LaversIT Engineer
Currently living on the Isle of Wight, Liam joins the team as an IT Engineer. Liam previously worked for OC Sport on the Extreme Sailing Series and DongFeng Race Team, implementing and maintaining network infrastructure at remote event sites. Liam worked for the team in the 35th America's Cup. In his spare time, Liam enjoys running and cycling.
AAT qualified, Mel joins the Accounts team having previously worked for IBM for 13 years doing internal audits, immigration compliance and accounts. Mel is currently studying for a Bcs Honors in Criminology and Psychological Studies with the Open University - she has so far completed three out of six years. In her spare time, Mel enjoys coaching her sons junior Rugby team, baking and going out with friends.