Core Team

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    Ben Ainslie (GBR)

    Team Principal
    Ben Ainslie
    Team Principal

    Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, he has competed and medalled at five Olympic games. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games. Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA as Tactician for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Ben was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning Cup team.

    Winning the America’s Cup for another country, however, was not enough. Ben’s dream has long been to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain for the first time in its history and so in 2014 he founded a new British Challenger for the America’s Cup. Ben would go on to lead his first British challenge in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. In 2017, the team fell short of victory.

    Not to be deterred and driven by a desire to win, Ben challenged again some four years later, competing in the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand and coming a step closer to success.

    Now, as the Challenger of Record for the 37th America's Cup, Ben is once again leading the British challenge to bring home sport's oldest international trophy. This will be Britain’s third consecutive America’s Cup’s challenge, giving the team much needed continuity, something last achieved by Sir Thomas Lipton over a hundred years ago.

  • 9917

    James Allison (GBR)

    Chief Technical Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and INEOS Britannia
    James Allison
    Chief Technical Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and INEOS Britannia

    James Allison is Chief Technical Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and INEOS Britannia.

    James’s motorsport career started in 1991, when he joined the Benetton F1 Team as a Junior Aerodynamic Designer immediately after graduating from the University of Cambridge.

    Just two years later, James was appointed Head of Aerodynamics for the small Larrouse F1 squad. The cash-strapped team struggled for results and it wasn’t long before James was back at Benetton as an Aerodynamic Designer.

    Success soon followed, as James celebrated Michael Schumacher’s Drivers’ Championship in 1994, with Schumacher and Benetton claiming the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles the following year. James was promoted to Head of Aerodynamics in 1997.

    Two years later, he swapped Enstone for Maranello and the new role of Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari, playing an important role in a period of unprecedented success, as the team won six Constructors’ Championships between 1999 and 2004.

    After six years in Italy, James returned to Enstone, now under the Renault name, taking on the role of Deputy Technical Director. With Fernando Alonso at the wheel, Renault were the team to beat, taking top honours in the Constructors’ Championship in 2005 and 2006.

    James was promoted to Technical Director in 2009 and remained with the team as it became Lotus Renault and later Lotus F1 Team, fighting back to the top step of the podium in 2012 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with  the team’s first win in four years.

    In 2013, James headed back to Ferrari, this time as Technical Director. After a fruitless year in 2014, James’s influence was crucial as Sebastian Vettel claimed three wins the following year, when the Scuderia emerged as the closest challenger to the title-winning Mercedes team.

    James departed Ferrari midway through the 2016 season and returned to the Formula One grid in early 2017 as Technical Director of the Mercedes AMG-Petronas F1 Team. He has since played been a key part of the team’s successes and has won a further four Formula One Constructors’ Championships since he joined. James transitioned to the role of Chief Technical Officer in 2021, helping the team to meet the strategic challenges of the sport’s next era.

  • 9914
    David Endean

    Dave joined INEOS Britannia for the team’s 36th America’s Cup campaign, where he was Project Director. For the team’s 37th America’s Cup campaign he has transitioned to COO, responsible for the day-to-day running and operations of the team’s campaign alongside Ben Ainslie.

    Dave has competed in five America’s Cup campaigns (AC31 with One World, AC32 with Victory Challenge, AC34 and AC35 with Artemis Racing, and AC36 with INEOS TEAM UK) as well as three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, juggling roles as a sailor and project management of the design and manufacturing of the race boats. He won the Volvo Ocean Race twice; in 2005/06 with ABN AMRO and 2008/09 Ericsson 4.

    He has ten years’ experience in project management roles including most recently with marine tech company Artemis Technologies and Saildrone – a start-up company making autonomous sailing drones out of Alameda, CA.

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    Martin Fischer (GER)

    Head of Design Concept
    Martin Fischer
    Head of Design Concept

    Martin Fischer joins INEOS Britannia for the 37th America’s Cup campaign to lead the design concept for the team’s AC75 boat for the 37th America’s Cup campaign.

    German-born Martin is a highly experienced naval designer, most recently a key part of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s design team for two America’s Cup campaigns.

    Previous to joining Luna Rossa, Martin spent 14 years working on the design of hulls and appendages for numerous projects, including beach catamarans (F18, A-Cat, C-Cat), ocean racing multihulls (Groupama-2/3, Sodebo, Banque Populaire) and was also involved in a Volvo Ocean Race campaign (Groupama-4).

  • 9920
    Jo Grindley
    CMO / CCO

    Jo is the CMO/CCO for Britain's America's Cup team. Jo has worked alongside Sir Ben Ainslie for 17 years securing all his commercial funding through three Olympic campaigns and in 2011 the pair set the strategy of setting up a British America’s Cup team, to challenge for and win the trophy for Britain working with Ben throughout the last two AC campaigns.
    Jo started her working life at Lloyds Bank International, but her love of sailing eventually pulled her from the City to compete on the International Match Racing Circuit for four years with double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson. The team were ranked number one in the world for over 12 months.

    Outside of sailing, Jo has been actively involved in INEOS’ wider sports strategy, including leading the marketing for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, Eliud Kipchoge’s successful attempt to become the first ever person to run a sub-two-hour marathon.

  • 9922
    Matt Robinson

    Matt Robinson is continuing in his role as CFO from the team’s 36th America’s Cup campaign. 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.

  • 9911
    Giles Scott

    Giles was born in 1987 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire UK and studied Geography at Southampton University. With two Olympic golds to his name at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 in the Finn class, Giles Scott is a name synonymous with Team GB sailing success.

    Giles had a successful youth sailing career before going on to win the RYA Youth Championships and Trials in 2005 in the Laser Standard, followed by a gold medal at the ISAF World Youth Championships. In 2006, Giles started sailing the Finn Olympic single-handed dinghy, he instantly took to the boat and in his first year finished 14th at the World Championships. Giles progressed up the ranks, winning the 2011 Finn European and World Championships, and pushing Ben Ainslie all the way in selection trials for the Team GBR spot at the London 2012 Olympics.

    He then moved into the America’s Cup circuit first on board with Team Korea which led to joining the Italian Challenger, Prada Luna Rossa for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

    Back in the Finn, during the 2014 season Giles was head and shoulders above the rest of fleet, picking up seven consecutive regatta victories. He looked untouchable in his build-up to the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds and delivered with an exemplary performance to comfortably win his second Finn world title. Giles went on to achieve his Olympic dream by dominating the Finn Class at 2016 Rio Olympics and bringing gold back to Britain.

    Straight after the 2016 games, Giles returned to America’s Cup racing re-joining Ben Ainslie’s British Challenger to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. He then remained with the team for the 36th America’s Cup campaign, playing a key role as Tactician in the team’s rollercoaster campaign in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Following the 36th America’s Cup, in Tokyo 2020, Giles cemented his sailing legacy even further, as he managed to defend his Rio 2016 crown in the Finn class in dramatic circumstances to secure his second Olympic gold.

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    Geoffrey Willis (GBR)

    Technical Director
    Geoffrey Willis
    Technical Director

    Geoffrey Willis is Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science and INEOS Britannia.

    Having studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, Geoffrey followed this with several years of aerodynamic research at engineering consultancy BMT, whilst completing a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Exeter.

    In 1987, he made his first step into the world of competition engineering by joining the design group of Peter de Savary's Blue Arrow America's Cup Challenge. Here, he spent the next three years working on keel and hull design, in addition to testing and developing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools.

    Geoffrey made his motorsport debut in 1990, joining the Leyton House team as a consultant and becoming one of the first to introduce CFD tools into the aerodynamic design process. The Williams F1 Team would beckon next and was where Geoffrey’s reputation grew within the aerodynamics arena, as the team tasted Constructors’ Championship success in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.

    Taking over as Chief Aerodynamicist from Adrian Newey in 1996, Geoffrey led development of the FW19 as the team took another Constructors’ Championship title in 1997. He remained with Williams for a further four years, winning races from the start of a partnership with BMW in 2000, before making the switch to the Brackley-based BAR in 2002.

    As Technical Director, Geoffrey played an integral role in the BAR team’s rise up the F1 order, culminating in a second-place finish in the 2004 Constructors’ Championship standings. In 2007, Geoffrey would move to Red Bull Racing, helping the team move from mid-pack to challenging for regular race wins before stepping down as Technical Director in 2009.

    Following a brief spell at the all-new Hispania Racing Team, Geoffrey returned to Brackley, with the team now operating under the Mercedes name, at the end of 2011, adding seven more Constructors’ titles to his tally as the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team claimed an historic run of consecutive crowns from 2014 to 2020. After 30 years direct involvement, Geoffrey is now stepping outside Formula One with his new responsibilities as Technical Director of the team’s Applied Science division and INEOS Britannia.