Management and Board

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Mark Schiller
Managing Director

Mark has been involved in the marine and specifically the boat building industry for most of his career spanning more than 30 years.

For the main part of his career Mark was Managing Director of ship builder Strategic Marine, from the formation of the company where he led the day to day business activity for 17 years and developed operations in Australia, Singapore and Vietnam with customers world wide. He has been involved in a number of highly technical projects including building some of the most advanced small high speed patrol vessels in the world.

He has been a keen advocate of the Nauti Craft technology since first learning about it in 2015.

Mark has a comprehensive understanding and proven track record of end to end processes of business management and his experience in taking newly developed products to market is well recognised in the industry.

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Peter M van Rossum MBA GAICD
Chairman

Peter is a former CFO and Management Board Member of oil and gas player SBM Offshore NV (the world leader in building and operating FPSOs) and of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfied SE (the world largest listed REIT). Peter also has 25 years at Royal Dutch Shell Plc, most recently as the Finance Director for Upstream in AsiaPacific.

Peter has served on the Boards of Woodside Petroleum and Atlas-Programmed Marine, as well as on numerous boards within the SBM and Unibail groups of companies. Peter is co-owner and director of Bay Furniture Pty Ltd.

Peter is a Dutch national, lives in Western Australia, and has worked and lived in various countries in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia. Peter is a business economist and chartered accountant by training.
Chris Heyring
Chris Heyring
Inventor and Founder

Chris Heyring is a former University lecturer in 3D design and sculpture who was initially employed by the Inter University Council in London 1969 and then came to Australia with his family to take up the position of lecturer at the West Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1975.

In 1982 Chris decided to leave academia and with his wife Anny formed their first successful company Tensile Structures Pty Ltd and they received 12 design and technology awards for their iconic tension structures such as the Leeuwin Estate winery music sound shell and the America's Cup Village, Argyle Mines recreational facility and many others. To this day some of the designs are still being produced and used.

In 1990 Chris formed Kinetic Pty Ltd and lodged patents relating to ground vehicular suspension systems. These patents provided the basis for over one hundred granted improvement patents many of which are still in force today. Approximately 40 secret prototype vehicles were flown or shipped to Western Australia for conversion by the Kinetic team of 16 engineers and technicians.

The Kinetic technology became internationally recognised after being part of the winning technology and teams show-cased in the World Rally and Dakar campaigns for three years running before being banned as it provided an unfair advantage and was not freely available to other competitors. Currently Kinetic systems are used by Toyota on several models of SUV, by Nissan on their new Nissan Patrol and also the hyper sports cars from McLaren.

Kinetic was profitably sold to the American company Tenneco Ltd. in 2000.

Chris went on to start Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd. in 2002 and has been instrumental in the successful building up of the Nauti-Craft team and IP portfolio. As an innovator and also as he is at retirement age, Chris is now more comfortable with R&D and IP development. Since the company is now entering a commercialisation phase he has confidently handed over the MD's role to Ken Johnsen who was a commercial mentor for Kinetic in the 1990s along with Nauti-Craft's other director Dr Richard Young who has been closely associated with Chris' successes in business for about 20 years. (Read More)

Laurie Walker
Laurie Walker BEng (Mech) PhD
Operations Manager

Laurie Walker is a technology and innovation specialist with over 20 years of experience within the field of R&D and commercial innovation. His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering and his PhD in materials engineering, specialising in carbon fibre composites within the aerospace sector. From 2008-2014 he operated as an executive board member for Inovas Asset Integrity until it merged with Jetcut to form IAS Group.

Over his career he has been accountable for transitioning more than 30 R&D based technical projects to commercially viability across industries as diverse as aerospace, transport, oil/gas, subsea and mining. These technology transitions include the filing of 10 patent families, the founding of a new technology company in the field of sustaining capital, and the growth of 3 start-ups into commercially viable operations.

From a more nautical perspective, Laurie has extensive experience in the marine sector having started his career as a boatbuilder and having spent much of his life sailing and diving on the Western Australian coast.

Laurie’s role within Nauti-Craft is to manage the engineering operations and to utilise his specialist skills and experience to aid in the successful completion of Nauti-Craft’s commercial transition.

Mike Longman
Mike Longman BE Hons
Chief Engineer

Mike has worked as a Mechanical Engineer for the last 32 years after qualifying from UWA in 1982 with 1st class honors.

Previous experience includes management and technical engineering in base load power stations, engineering management/project management and design at Scitech Discovery Centre followed by various research and development positions. These include Kinetic Suspension Systems, Rio Tinto gravity gradiometre project at UWA and currently Nauti-craft. He has been involved with the development of all the Nauti-craft prototypes.

Mike’s experience particularly relates to prototype development from concept, modelling, design, manufacturing, testing, technical marketing through to production development.