WHO ARE WHISKEY
The Whiskey Project watercraft are the product of collaboration between experienced military operators and world class maritime engineers, architects and innovators, to provide the ADVANTAGE in contemporary maritime missions.
The Whiskey Project is a company of The Whiskey Project Group, a trusted and proven Australian maritime organisation whose businesses have a collective 90 years spanning the end-to-end design, manufacturing, maintenance, and sustainment of high-performance watercraft.
The Whiskey Project Group companies’ maritime pedigrees include the next generation tactical watercraft of The Whiskey Project; the globally acclaimed naval design and engineering performance of Naiad; and YWE, a highly regarded maritime manufacturer of government watercraft.
The Whiskey Project Group has proudly played a role in the design and build of over 200 watercraft for government agencies, and all three of The Whiskey Project Group’s businesses are contracted suppliers to Defence across watercraft design, manufacturing and innovation projects.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Darren Schuback is an Australian entrepreneur and award-winning CEO who founded The Whiskey Project Group in 2018 with the mission to create operator-focused watercraft that provide optimal performance and protection for those who risk their lives in the maritime environment. Darren is a former military officer with over 24 years of operational and leadership experience in the Royal Australian Navy and ADF Special Operations. Darren’s naval experience included operational oversight of a warfare operation command centre, a military training institution, naval warships and a special operations counter terrorism unit. In each of these roles he designed and led the deployment of operational strategies to meet Australian Defence Force directives. Darren has a distinguished record in leading, mentoring and guiding staff at all levels within his organisation, through change management projects, cultural improvement and creating efficiencies in capability output. Darren is professionally renowned for ‘making it happen’- converting project plans into successful outcomes. This unwavering focus is now concentrated on The Whiskey Project Group, which he oversees as Chief Executive Officer.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before embarking on The Whiskey Project journey, Ryan built a formidable career in Defence and the Public Sector, including more than 15 years of highly accomplished and commended service as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer with the Royal Australian Navy. He has worked globally across complex environments with both government and industry, leading cross-functional teams to deliver practical outcomes and highly effective business solutions. An Executive Level professional, Ryan's experience has primarily been focused in the areas of command and leadership, operations, plans, project implementation and capability management roles. He also served distinguished tenures embedded with the Australian Special Forces (2nd Commando Regiment) and the Royal Navy (UK). He is known for his expert knowledge as a specialist in the areas of maritime autonomous systems, ship handling and navigation, counter terrorism and mine warfare and clearance diving.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Bakewell was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2023. He is a chartered accountant with more than 38 years finance and commercial experience in listed Australian and international companies most recently as CFO of Australia's leading building products company, Brickworks Limited. Robert has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, balance sheet and capital management. He is responsible for all financial operations of the business including group accounting and taxation, treasury, banking and finance and investor relations.
HEAD OF TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
With over 15 years’ experience in engineering and project/program management within the maritime environment, Jamie’s experience includes supporting complex assets across their lifecycle including design, build and sustainment. Commencing his career as a degree qualified Naval Architect , Jamie worked on the design and build of cutting-edge littoral combat solutions within defence as well as commercial solutions. More recently Jamie has held both engineering and program management roles supporting sustainment and major upgrade programs across the Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious and sealift fleet.
HIMAJA PARAMATMUNI CA
GROUP FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Himaja is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience in professional services, having worked across multiple divisions within a global accounting firm in both a client facing and internal strategic capacity. Her experience ranges from traditional accounting to broader advisory such as project management, restructuring, and management consulting; combining technical finance expertise with strong commercial acumen. During her career Himaja has worked with regulators, large Australian and international companies, and small to medium high-growth businesses.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Ollie drives continual innovation to better equip and enable the maritime operator. After a 25-year Clearance Diving and Maritime Special Operations Defence career, Ollie is regarded as Australia’s maritime special operations equipment and development expert. He has prepared and supervised teams, developed, lead and executed mission plans in some of the most challenging maritime environments around the globe. With a keen eye on emerging technologies complimented by decades of practical experience.
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