• 2597
    GBR
    Jo Grindley
    CMO/CCO

    Jo is the Head of Commercial, Marketing, Communications and Events for BAR. Jo has worked alongside Sir Ben
    Ainslie for 13 years securing all his commercial funding through three Olympic campaigns. In 2011 the pair set the
    strategy of setting up a British America’s Cup team, to challenge for and win the trophy for Britain.

    Jo attended University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, and on her return to the UK worked for Lloyds Bank in International Marketing. Her love of sailing eventually pulled her from the City to the South Coast of England where she competed on the International Match Racing Circuit for 4 years with double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson.

    The team were ranked number one in the world for over 12 months. With a need to supplement the Sports Funding, Jo used her marketing background to freelance as a sailing writer and TV news producer. These tools along with her marketing background proved invaluable when Jo started the agency Into the blue.

  • 2567

    Andy Hindley (GBR)

    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer
    GBR
    Andy Hindley
    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer

    Andy is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer for Land Rover BAR. He was part of the 34th America’s Cup Race Management Team (ACRT) as COO. Based in San Francisco Andy managed all the day-to-day operations and the delivery of the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the Super Yacht Regatta and the 34th America’s Cup event. But Andy began sailing on Clowbridge Reservoir, not far from Burnley and high on the East Lancashire moors. His first outing was in a 14 foot wooden dinghy, owned by a family friend.

  • 2511

    Sarah Alexander (GBR)

    Press Officer
    GBR
    Sarah Alexander
    Press Officer

    Sarah Alexander manages the press and PR for the Land Rover BAR team. She began her career in public relations in the fast-paced London fashion industry, working with a number of luxury and independent brands assisting with brand direction, marketing and promotional campaigns. She moved back to the south coast in 2010 joining Sailing Marketing, PR and Event agency, Into the blue working with agency client, Volvo Car UK, across a sponsorship portfolio that profiled a ‘grassroots to glory’ philosophy, ranging from youth development to Britain’s top sailors at the pinnacle of the sport.

  • 2353

    Holly Bylett (GBR)

    Receptionist
    GBR
    Holly Bylett
    Receptionist

    Holly was born and grew up in Portsmouth. She joins the team as front of house receptionist, meeting and greeting visitors with a friendly smile and assisting with general equiries from the team and members of the public. Before joining Land Rover BAR, 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.

  • 2354

    Tim Carter (GBR)

    Communications and Commercial Team
    GBR
    Tim Carter
    Communications and Commercial Team

    Tim Carter is originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, but he studied at the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Business. Tim’s knowledge of Portsmouth got him started at Land Rover BAR as an intern, but soon after arrival he was offered a permanent position working with the Communications and Commercial departments. This is his first graduate job, and his first America’s Cup. He has a sailing background representing Great Britain in Cadet, 420, 470 and Nacra 17 achieving many top 10 results at international events with the British Sailing Team. In his spare time Tim still sails a lot and participates in every sport he can try his hand at.

  • 2525
    GBR
    Mark Chisnell
    Writer

    Mark began sailing in a Mirror dinghy, then progressed into the 420 and 470. He did lots of team racing at University, instead of studying physics and philosophy. While on a gap year, he joined the British team at the 1987 America’s Cup to paint signs and clean, and was then promoted to testing navigator. He subsequently sailed with four more America’s Cup teams, and won 3 offshore world championships before switching full-time to writing. He has written four novels and many other books and articles on sailing.

  • 2355

    Joanna Despard (GBR)

    Human Resource Manager
    GBR
    Joanna Despard
    Human Resource 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.

  • 2197

    Sophie Hall (GBR)

    Marketing Executive
    GBR
    Sophie Hall
    Marketing Executive

    From the Isle of Wight, Sophie will work for Land Rover BAR at the same time as completing a two-year Level 3 Apprenticeship in Events and Marketing Management. Whilst at school, Sophie achieved high grades and became Deputy Head Girl. She was a member at Gurnard Sailing Club from a young age, and is very musical and plays the clarinet, saxophone and flute, achieving grade 8 in the latter two instruments.

  • 3214

    Bertie Horsfield (BM)

    Project Manager Intern
    BM
    Bertie Horsfield
    Project Manager Intern

    Bertie, orginally from Bermuda, has recently graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Construction Management. He joins as Project Manager Intern to assist the team's Bermuda base build. Bertie grew up sailing in Bermuda from a young age and has competed in many international dinghy regattas. In his spare time, he enjoys playing rugby.

  • 2195

    Peter Jones (GBR)

    Head of IT
    GBR
    Peter Jones
    Head 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.

  • 2504

    Phil Kennard (GBR)

    Commercial Manager
    GBR
    Phil Kennard
    Commercial Manager

    Phil has returned to sailing from the world of F1, having spent the last ten years on the business side of the Williams F1 Team, before moving to Lotus as Commercial Manager. Prior to F1, Phil was the 2004 UK 49er National Champion, and was on the GB Olympic Development Squad before injury forced him to enter the business side of sport.

  • 2544

    Harry Kenney-Herbert (GBR)

    In-house Photographer
    GBR
    Harry Kenney-Herbert
    In-house Photographer

    Harry's passion for media started young while at Millfield school, but developed fully during his time at Falmouth University where he studied Photojournalism. He is an avid sportsman, competing at various levels in Modern Pentathlon, Skiing and Sailing is currently a member of the Royal Burnham Yacht Club. In his spare time he likes to remind his three brothers of his dominance in the sport of Croquet.

  • 2332

    Agnieszka Kotynia (POL)

    Accounts Assistant
    POL
    Agnieszka Kotynia
    Accounts Assistant

    Born in Poznan, Poland, Agnieszka now lives in Portsmouth. She studied at Greenwich College achieving her AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting. Agnieszka joins Land Rover BAR as Accounts Assistant, having previously worked in the Finance Department for Printing Company. In her spare time, Agnieszka plays the piano and enjoys reading and running.

  • 2216

    Liam Lavers (GBR)

    IT Support
    GBR
    Liam Lavers
    IT Support

    Currently living on the Isle of Wight, Liam joins the team as IT support. Liam previously worked for OC Sport, supporting users and working on the network and server infrastructure as well as travelling on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit assiting with live streaming of the racing at events. In addition to that, Liam has worked for the DongFeng Volvo Ocean Race team, where he was responsible for designing and purchasing a network for the hospitality and container areas. 

    In his spare time, Liam enjoys cycling. 

  • 2756

    Sophie Mason (GBR)

    Private Investment
    GBR
    Sophie Mason
    Private Investment

    Sophie helps the team to secure private investment.  She was previously the Commercial Director for Team GB, and prior to that was Fundraising Director after London won the Olympic host bid.  Sophie saw through four Olympic Games before setting up her own agency, Strix Ltd, in 2014, which focuses on finding new revenue streams for companies, mostly in the sporting arena.  Sophie was the Head of Fundraising for the Outward Bound Trust prior to her foray into the Olympic world and has a wealth of fundraising experience.

  • 2359

    Amy Munro (GBR)

    Sustainability Officer
    GBR
    Amy Munro
    Sustainability Officer

    Amy Munro is an Oceanography graduate from the University of Southampton and grew up in a sailing family, racing on the Solent and the East coast of England. She has experience from a range of campaigns that include running a World Record-Breaking Transatlantic Solo Row through to Offshore Research Assisitant for EcoOcean and Environmental Ocean Team. She has also been involved in workshops to promote public awareness of environmental issues and ocean conservation and been lucky enough to be part of dive teams researching health of coral reefs in Fiji. This is Amy’s first America’s Cup campaign and she is the Sustainability Officer for Land Rover BAR; this role involves working with the team to embed sustainability through three target areas: Driving Innovation, Inspiring Excellence and Smarter Futures. 

     

  • 2360

    Sacha Kemp (GBR)

    Marketing Manager
    GBR
    Sacha Kemp
    Marketing Manager

    From Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Sacha has been involved in sports marketing and communication since graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in Psychology. Sacha began her career with the RYA as Communications Officer during the 2004 Olympics. During 2005/6 she worked as the Travelling Press Officer for the Volvo Ocean Race and has since worked on campaigns for Vodafone and the England Cricket Team, McLaren Mercedes, UEFA Champions League and Adidas’ ‘Take the Stage’ London 2012 campaign. Most recently, Sacha helped launch BT Sport from a PR and Communications capacity.

    In her spare time, Sacha now sails on her doorstep in the River Hamble in the Foxer class and enjoys cruising the Solent on a Sadler 32.

  • 2361

    Alex Palmer (GBR)

    Video Production Manager
    GBR
    Alex Palmer
    Video Production Manager

    Alex is originally from Cheltenham, UK and studied Sound Technology & Digital Music IET at Oxford Brookes University. Alex worked for four years at the renowned sports production company Sunset+Vine|APP. In this time he worked closely with ISAF, the British Sailing Team and Sir Ben Ainslie’s campaign in the build up to, and during the London 2012 Olympics. Highlights include working on the BBC’s production of the sailing events during the London 2012 Olympics, producing 46 episodes of Sea Master Sailing and 11 episodes of America’s Cup Discovered. Alex has worked in a variety of roles across the Extreme Sailing Series, RC44 Championship Tour, Audi MedCup, ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards, and the Perth 2011 and Santander 2015 ISAF World Championships.

  • 2531

    Alejandra Real (ESP)

    PA to Sir Ben Ainslie
    ESP
    Alejandra Real
    PA to Sir Ben Ainslie

    Alejandra is the PA to Sir Ben Ainslie, managing his diary and daily schedule. Alejandra has an America’s Cup background, first working as Logistics Coordination with Swiss entry, Alinghi and most recently as part of the Administration and Coordination of Design and Performance team for 34th Cup winners, ORACLE TEAM USA.

  • 2212

    Mark Rogers (GBR)

    Facilities Management Apprentice
    GBR
    Mark Rogers
    Facilities Management Apprentice

    Born in Portsmouth, Mark previously worked in the construction industry for six years sandwiched between a year working in Spain. Mark was part of the construction team which built the home of Land Rover BAR and was taken onto the team after the completion of the building works.

  • 2950

    Matt Robinson (GBR)

    Head of Finance
    GBR
    Matt Robinson
    Head of Finance

    Matt joins the team as Head of Finance. He comes from a background of Engineering & Construction and Project Finance, helping Finance teams to understand and interact with everyone in the organisation to provide a first-class finance service. He has graduated from Manchester University with a degree in International Management with French. In his spare time, Matt enjoys training for triathlons and doing charity work. 

  • 2599

    Amanda Ribbins (GBR)

    Events Manager
    GBR
    Amanda Ribbins
    Events Manager

    Originally from Kent, Amanda spent time working in London as European Events Manager for Goldman Sachs before taking a career sabbatical. In her grown-up gap year, Amanda took her RYA Yachtmaster qualification, spent six months sailing up and down the east coast of Australia, and won the Heineken Trophy in the Grenada Regatta. After this year, Amanda moved from London to the Isle of Wight to sail more and became Marketing Director for the Flying Fish sailing school.

  • 2207

    Jessica Sweeney (AUS)

    Chief Meteorologist
    AUS
    Jessica Sweeney
    Chief Meteorologist

    Jessica grew up sailing dinghies in the strong Fremantle ‘Doctor’ sea breezes in Western Australia. She progressed into offshore yacht racing and through this passion Jess realised the importance of the weather. She studied mathematics and physics at undergraduate level, following this with a Masters in Meteorology at the University of Reading (UK). Jess has joined BAR as meteorologist having worked as the onshore navigation support with CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race, and Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup. Since that 34th Cup, Jess has been modelling tropical cyclones in Australia. In her own racing career as a navigator, Jess has completed 5 Sydney-Hobarts, 3 Newport-Bermudas, achieved a world record for the Round Britain and Ireland Race and won the Pacific Cup.

  • 2512

    Dr. Susie Tomson (GBR)

    Sustainability Manager
    GBR
    Dr. Susie Tomson
    Sustainability Manager

    Susie is has been an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) since 2008 and has a PhD in integrated coastal management (2001) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She established Earth to Ocean Ltd in 2009, delivering sustainability advice to major events, high performance teams and the construction sector. Her experience covers the Ryder Cup and Golf’s European Tour, the London 2012 Olympics, as well as the earlier British America’s Cup Challenge TeamOrigin.

  • 2499

    Melanie Vanstone

    Accounts Assistant
    Melanie Vanstone
    Accounts Assistant

    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 two out of six years. In her spare time, Mell enjoys playing fottball, baking and taking lesuirely country walks with her puppy. 

  • 3212
    GBR
    Desmond Townsend
    Team Chef

    Desmond joins the team in Bermuda as Head Chef. Born in London, Desmond carried out an apprenticeship at the Cumberland Hotel and later went on to work in Claridges and Langan's Brasserie. He moved to Bermuda in 1984 where he was Chef at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. He ventured into sales with Viking Food Ltd before returning to the UK for a role as Territory of Sales Manager and Business Development Manager for Booker Foodservices where he was awarded ‘Top Salesman for the Company’ in 1998. On his return to Bermuda some years later, Desmond took the plunge and set up his own catering business - Streetwize Bermuda Ltd - and is looking to open a restaurant in Hamilton specialising in Street Food, primarily, good old British Fish & Chips. In his spare time, Desmond is a Chelsea Football fan and enjoys DJing, cooking and travelling. 

  • 2532

    Kate Ward (GBR)

    Office Manager
    GBR
    Kate Ward
    Office Manager

    Born in Reading, Kate now resides in Southampton. Kate studied at the University of Portsmouth in Physical Geography, graduating in 2013. After graduating university Kate worked in Sales before joining Land Rover BAR as Office Manager. This role involves the day to day running of the office and assisting the Events Manager with all events in our Flight Deck facility. Kate learnt to sail in Picos and Lasers during school holidays and in her spare time Kate enjoys playing netball.

  • 3216

    Janelle Williams

    Assistant Head Chef
    Janelle Williams
    Assistant Head Chef

    Born and raised in Bermuda. Janelle has ten plus years of culinary experience. She did her apprenticeship at Grotto Bay Beach Hotel under French Chef Gerard Beyer. Cooking is more than a job, it's her passion! Janelle previously trained at a platinum-level country club in Locust Valley, New York, working with celebrity Chef Blake Verity. She joins the team in Bermuda as Assistant Head Chef helping to fuel our elite athletes. She is obsessed with healthy cooking - so it goes hand in hand. Janelle's ambition is to own her own restaurant one day soon; Ashal's Kitchen.

  • 2545

    Rob Wilson (GBR)

    Sailing Team Coach
    GBR
    Rob Wilson
    Sailing Team Coach

    From Chertsey, UK, Rob was a keen sailor from a young age. He studied chemistry at undergraduate level at the University of Bristol, before achieving an MBa from the University of Southampton. During this time, Rob sailed in the British Sailing Team in the Tornado. He then became a coach and has since been acknowledged in the UK Sport ‘Coaches Hall of Fame’ by HRH Princess Royal. His coaching resume includes helping Helena Lucas to Paralympic 2012 Gold, The Wave Muscat to Extreme Sailing Series wins in 2012 and 2013, and Alegre to a Mini Maxi World Championship. 

  • 2322

    Walter Zwieflhofer (AUT)

    Weather Modeller
    AUT
    Walter Zwieflhofer
    Weather Modeller

    Walter joins the team as weather modeller helping our Cheif Meteorologist Jess implement and manage the operational and research weather modelling projects for Bermuda and other America's Cup World Series locations. After graduating from the Technical University of Vienna with a Masters in Computer Science, Walter went on to be Head of Computing at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), where he was responisble for the supercomputer and their supporting infrastructure. After a promotion at ECMWF, Walter then spent 10 years as Director of Operations, responsible for all operational modelling and forecasting activities. In his spare time, Walter has Skippered two trans-Atlantic crossings and enjoys a game of golf. This will be his first America's Cup.

  • 3084

    Dan Wilkinson (GBR)

    Digital & Communications Manager
    GBR
    Dan Wilkinson
    Digital & Communications Manager

    Orginally from Kingston upon Thames, Dan joins the team as Digital and social Manager. Specialising in the sport of sailing, Dan has been involved in sports marketing and communications for over ten years. For the past two years he headed up the communications strategy for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event Portsmouth. In his spare time, Dan is a keen boxer, boxer and long suffering supporter of Arsenal FC.