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.
Human Resource ManagerGBRJoanna DespardHuman 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.
IT ManagerGBRPeter JonesIT Manager
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.
IT SupportGBRLiam LaversIT 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.
Head of FinanceGBRMatt RobinsonHead 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.
Accounts AssistantGBRHazel SouthAccounts Assistant
Financial AssistantMelanie VanstoneFinancial 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.