SolarSailor supplies patented SolarSail and Hybrid Marine Power technology, for applications on tankers, commercial ferries, private yachts and unmanned ocean surveillance drones. The company has contracts in Australia, China and Hong Kong. SolarSailor is a unlisted public company founded in 1999 with 160 shareholders.
Board of Directors
Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 – 1991. He has high-level industry and government relations in Australia, China, the USA, and Europe. Solar Sailor Holdings Limited is the only commercial corporation of which he is a director.
Robert Dane is founder and CEO of Solar Sailor Holdings Limited. Robert invented and patented SolarSails in 1996. The prototype won the Advanced Technology Boat Race in Canberra in 1997. The first commercial vessel won the Australian Design Award of the Year. Robert is a passionate sailor and an Intel Environment Laureate. This year Robert was honored to be awarded the WWF future maker’s award.
Mark Bethwaite AM
Mark Bethwaite has a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA. He has been Managing Director of two of Australia’s largest mining companies – North Limited in Melbourne then Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited in Sydney – for a total of ten years. He was also Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading industry associations for five years before retiring in 2006. For four years until mid 2011, Mark was Chairman of Austral Gold Limited. Mark represented Australia in sailing in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and has won World Championships in a number of classes. Mark was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in early 2011 for services to industry and to sailing.
Dr Louella Crawford
Louella joined the board in June 2013. She has been involved in Solar Sailor and a major shareholder since its inception. She contributes substantially towards SolarSailor’s corporate governance, shareholder representation, ethical focus and growth strategies.
Gavin has over 30 years experience in the Australian equity and capital markets. Gavin is Managing Director of Helmsec Global Capital Limited. Gavin has also held executive and non-executive positions with a range of companies in commercial fields such as mineral exploration, media, property, and telecommunications both within Australia and overseas. Gavin is Chairman of Estrella Resources Limited (ASX.ESR) and is Director of the Bradman Foundation and International Cricket Hall of Fame.