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 is passionate about ‘getting things done’ and thrives in the roles of command and leadership, operations, planning and project management which was reflected in his exemplary 24-year career as a Clearance Diving Sailor and Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Darren's extensive experience includes operational oversight of a warfare operation command centre, a military training institution, naval warships, a Navy diving team, a special operations counterterrorism unit and capability management of multiple disciplines within Defence. After serving globally alongside US and other coalition partners in multiple operational theatres, Darren is committed to creating an operational advantage for those who put their lives in harm’s way in the complex maritime environment.
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
Lee Goddard is an executive leader with proven achievement in complex leadership, command and management roles including Commander of Maritime Border Command, Commander Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders, and a secondment as Branch Head to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. After 34 years as a senior Royal Australian Navy officer (Rear Admiral), today Lee leads Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative’s network of collaborators. Lee brings to The Whiskey Project Group board his deep expertise in strategic leadership, delivery of complex operations and strategic oversight of high performing teams. Lee was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2007 and made an Officer Knight of France in 2017.
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.