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.
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Darren is a former executive level military officer with over 24 years of operational management experience in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Darren’s experience includes operational oversight of a warfare operation command centre, a military training institution, naval warships and a special operations counter terrorism unit, and capability management of multiple disciplines within Defence. As founding Managing Director of The Whiskey Project Group Ltd, Darren has built a world class team of like-minded people that have facilitated market disruption with a focus on securing the future of Australia’s end-to-end capability for Military and Specialist watercraft.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before embarking on The Whiskey Project Group journey, Ryan built a formidable career in Defence and the Public Sector, including more than 15 years of highly accomplished and decorated service as Clearance Diving Officer with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He has worked globally across complex environments with both government and industry, and established and commanded Australia’s first operational maritime autonomous systems unit. 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). Ryan is recognised as one of Australia’s key subject matter experts in the field of Unmanned Surface Vessels and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
HEAD OF MARKETING
Miranda Carter is a career marketer with a breadth of expertise that spans the full spectrum of advertising, copy-writing,
public relations, event management, brand development and strategic planning. From early in her career Miranda was drawn to the dynamic intersection of emerging businesses and new technology, holding roles that included eBay Australia New Zealand’s first Marketing Communications Manager; Asia Pacific Marketing Director for global software innovator Aventri, and a number of global marketing consulting roles. Prior to joining The Whiskey Project, Miranda spent many years working with start-ups and SMEs and she has a practical understanding of the vulnerabilities and opportunities that are inherent in being a small business and the amplified significance of team, trust and tenacity.
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.