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.


Louella Crawford, Robert Dane, Bob Hawke, Mark Bethwaite, Alan Steber, Colin Steber

 Board of Directors


Mark Bethwaite AM Chairman

Now a professional director, Mark has been a shareholder in OCIUS since 2000. He has a degree in Engineering and an MBA and has been Managing Director of two large mining companies and one of Australia’s leading industry associations.

Mark represented Australia in sailing in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games and has won World
Championships in three international classes. Mark was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in early 2011 for services to industry and to sailing.

In 2014, Mark will become Chairman of OCIUS.


The Hon. Bob Hawke AC Chairman of Advisory Board

Bob Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991. He has high-level industry and government relations in Australia, China, the USA, and Europe. OCIUS Holdings Limited is the only commercial corporation of which he is a director.

In 2014, Hon Bob will become Chairman of the OCIUS Advisory Board.


Robert Dane Chief Executive Officer

Robert Dane is founder and CEO of OCIUS 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.

Louella-Crawford Dr Louella Crawford Non-Executive Director

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 OCIUS’s corporate governance, shareholder representation, ethical focus and growth strategies.

Ninan Mathew – Chief Technical Officer

Ninan has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Wollongong. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in structural optimization and a Master’s by research in the development of sustainable platforms for ocean-fairing vessels.He has been working as a research engineer for several ARC projects during his studies at UOW and has a number of publications to his name. Ninan brings his expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), 3D modeling, project management, machine design and several other niche areas for which he has been teaching at the university for the past four years.

Scott-Ellice-Flint Company Secretary and Accountant – Scott Ellice-Flint B.Ec., C.A.

Scott has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant. He started with KPMG in 1976, and is currently senior partner with Ellice-Flint & Co which he established in 1985.Scott specialises in corporate and individual taxation engagements, as well as providing corporate governance and financial accounting advice for small to medium enterprises and unlisted public companies.

Lawyer – David Somervaille

David Somervaille commenced with global legal firm Ashurst in 1971 and has been a partner since 1977. He is a former chairman of the firm in Australia and now acts as the firm’s General Counsel in Australia.David’s practice is in corporate law. His wide experience includes corporate reconstruction, corporate governance, structuring of projects and new ventures, privatisations and private investment in infrastructure projects.



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