The Whiskey Project Group is the product of collaboration between experienced military operators and world class maritime engineers, architects and innovators, to provide the ADVANTAGE in contemporary maritime missions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIRMAN
Paul is the former National Managing Partner of Grant Thornton’s Australian Financial Advisory and Consulting practices and Chair of its Sydney office. An expert in restructuring, governance, strategy formulation and implementation, he now supports a number of Boards and executive leaders throughout the Asia Pacific region in both non-executive and advisory roles. A keen yachtsman, Paul is the Immediate Past Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, organising authority of the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and still works actively with Australian Sailing to improve governance and risk mitigation practices in the sport.
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.
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.
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A technology entrepreneur, Sohrab has over 20 years’ experience across IT, Sales and Supply Chain for the Coca-Cola network and in start-up environments across Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). Sohrab has successfully spanned roles covering Strategy Development & Execution, Governance, Large Scale IT Transformation Projects, Business Relationship Management, Business Transformation, Acquisition integration and Service Delivery. Sohrab is the co-founder of Pi Sqrd, working across FMCG, Mining, Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Government sectors and holds a number of director positions.
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Brett is a Partner at McCullough Robertson, leading their Defence & National Security practice group with a sharp focus on supporting ADF capability and a flourishing sovereign Defence industry. Brett brings to The Whiskey Project Group board over 20 years’ experience in government and private enterprise, and 14 years military service with the Australian Army. A thought leader and business strategist in the Defence & National Security sector, Brett brings a unique appreciation for the requirements of the contemporary war-fighter in the modern operating environment.
Building upon his military experience, Brett’s enterprise skills have been developed from performing leadership functions across multiple industries, including defence & government, energy (Oil & Gas), engineering & construction, and resources.
Brett also holds the position of Chairman of Wandering Warriors, a veteran’s support not-for-profit that seeks to assist special forces soldiers transition back into civilian life.