MAL CREASE – FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mal is the Founder and owner of the Vector Group which includes Vector Maritime Security group and the Vector Racing Team. He has over 15 years of diverse experience in the maritime industry across security/retail manufacturing, racing and brand marketing. Mal has been a permanent member of the infamous Vector Racing Team since its inception in 2012 and is a twice winner of the Cowes Classic, a two-time British Champion and member of the exclusive record-breaking K7 Club.
Prior to his involvement in the maritime industry, he was involved in the creation and roll-out of numerous successful early phase businesses in areas including media, technology and feature film. He has a very detailed understanding of sponsorship, brand marketing, content/format development, event management, experiential activation and connected technology. Prior to 2001, Mal held various high-level commercial positions for MTV Europe, The FA Premier League, UEFA, FIFA, ATP and Formula 1 and has significant experience specifically within the motorsport, media and defence industries.
ED TILSTON – CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Ed is an experienced marketeer with a 20-year career marketing British premium brands across worldwide markets including 18 years with Jaguar Land Rover during which time he has accumulated a considerable breadth of experience across a wide variety of brand sales and marketing disciplines. His experience highlights include leading Land Rover’s Global Sponsorship and Partnerships programme, Director of Land Rover G4 Challenge, leading Land Rover’s Global Brand Extension (brand licensing and merchandise) programme and being the Global Marketing lead on Armed Forces Steering Committee. He also has experience of bespoke vehicle, military fleet and direct sales marketing, as well as extensive involvement in humanitarian and conservation corporate social responsibility and veteran re-employment initiatives.
JOHN DONNELLY – HEAD OF ENGINEERING
John is a highly-experienced advanced marine engineer with over 25 years of maritime design and engineering experience including both conventional and experimental craft, hydrofoil, hovercraft and hydro-nautical design. Previously he was responsible for the design, development and operations around the Honda Race Series, the largest offshore powerboat race series in history. In parallel, John has successfully operated his own racing and World Record breaking teams. John personally holds three World and two National Speed Records and has provided engineering support to numerous other successful World Record attempts. John is the lead engineer for the Vector Racing Team.
SIMON POWELL – HEAD OF TRAINING
Simon served in Britain’s elite Special Boat Service (SBS) for 17 years before embarking on a business career that has seen him start two specialist companies. Cerberus International supplies specialist offshore boat training to a wide selection of clients ranging from the UK Military, the Italian Guardia Finanza, the Hong Kong Police and immigration unit and a few select powerboat companies (www.cerberus-international.com) and Military Freefall Solutions supplies specialist parachute training to the US and foreign military units. Simon pilots for and has been a permanent member of the Vector Racing Team since its inception in 2014 and is a three time winner of the Cowes Torquay Cowes Race.
THORSTEN DÜSER – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Thorsten is an experienced banker and corporate financier. He started his career at JP Morgan in 1990 in New York, London and Frankfurt where is had his first experiences with the financial needs of defence contractors. From 1996 through 2016, Thorsten worked for Credit Suisse (First Boston) in London, Frankfurt and Zurich in different transaction and management roles which also included a membership of the global managing director committee to select the future leadership of the bank. In his career at Credit Suisse he focused on complex corporate and project financings in the security, energy, infrastructure and real estate industries. Since 2017, out of Zurich he has been advising privately owned companies in various industries in emerging and developed markets.
VISHAAL SINGHAL – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vishaal is a qualified finance professional, Fellow Member Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) with in excess of 20 years of international experience covering Europe, Middle East and Asia in senior finance roles with listed both listed and early-stage businesses. For the last 8 years he has run a private office investment fund out of Dubai with assets of over USD $2B under management. He is a senior finance professional with extensive experience managing the core finance function, mergers and acquisitions, structuring, business combinations, refinancing and the establishment of tax-efficient structures to minimize tax liabilities for corporations and individuals.
CAPTAIN CRAIG POWELL (RETD) – ADVISOR
Craig spent 26 years in the US Navy foremost as a SEAL team commander including operations with SWCC (boats), SDV (minisubs – wet submersibles) and as an Army Ranger, Military Attaché, British SBS officer (exchange) and two with SMUs (Special Mission Units). Craig is an accomplished operative a variety of maritime warfare green water environments. Since retirement his focus has been consulting primarily aspects of maritime security including training, operations, procurement, research & development, production and program management.
COLONEL VINNY O’NEILL (RETD) – ADVISOR
Vinny is an engineer and former UK military Special Forces commander who brings over 25 years of experience of operational coordination to the leadership team. He has initiated and led large-scale projects in the energy, maritime and event management sectors including a key role in preparing for and delivering the London 2012 Olympics. He has held senior commercial, operational and military consulting roles to governments and major international corporations and is currently an advisor to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.