If the qualities needed to be a successful entrepreneur include high personal drive and energy, clear goal setting and low fear of failure, then Asif is an ideal role model. As a young man he gained a wealth of experience in the Far East and Europe, and then moved to the UK in 1992 where he founded a hugely successful venture in the industrial baking sector. Today, he has a diverse array of business interests spanning a range of sectors that include food, property and sport. He is also heavily involved in philanthropic activities through the Rangoonwala Foundation, established by his late father.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant. He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues. He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is also currently involved with rugby league and powerboat racing. Having grown up on the Kent coast, the sea has played a major role in Roy's life and he wants the threats to the world's oceans to become a concern for everyone. His wish is to see marine national parks created in the UK.
Dr Trevor Dixon
Dr Trevor Dixon has spent a lifetime engaged in marine environmental protection activities in a variety of roles, from advising on national and inter-governmental marine management policies to being an in-studio expert for the BBC, CNN, Sunday Times, Independent, Observer, Guardian and other news agencies on key issues and developments.
He has equally been active in helping businesses to address environmental performance and sustainability issues, with more than 30 consultancies completed under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea, Buckinghamshire New University, Environmental Campaigns and other organisations. In partnership with employers’ organisations and trade associations he helped to develop, and deliver, Britain’s first undergraduate business degree courses incorporating environmental management. He has also been a member of the British Standards Institution’s Environment Council.
He has had over 100 papers published to date including 19 journals and 18 conference publications. His research is recognised nationally and internationally by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, House of Lords Committees’ and United Nations agencies, with awards received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and UK Government Environment Ministers.
After spending over 30 years as a senior lecturer in Business Environmental Management at Buckinghamshire New University, Trevor Dixon is now a consultant to the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea, a member of the Environment Sub-Group for the High Wycombe Local Strategic Partnership and adviser for the High Wycombe Corporate Environment Advisory Centre.
Ashley Sponaugle, #66, is based in Tampa, Florida and started racing PWCs in 2013 at the debut of the P1 AquaX USA series in Daytona, FL. She races in endurance and closed course racing tours including: P1 AquaX USA, Hydrocross Racing, and the Pro Watercross Tour. Some of Ashley’s achievements include: the 2013 P1 AquaX Rider’s Choice Award, 1st in women’s runabout stock at the 2014 Pro Watercross Triple Crown, and 2nd in women’s runabout stock at the 2014 Pro Watercross National Championship.
In 2014, Ashley was appointed the P1 Marine Foundation Ambassador for her efforts in bringing awareness of environmentally innovative practices and stewardship to the race community. Ashley’s position with BLUE Ocean Film Festival allows her the resources and connections to the world’s leading ocean & environmental champions, celebrities, scientists and technologies.
Outside of racing, Ashley’s greatest passion is riding her watercraft offshore to the Bahamas. She has made the crossing to the Bahamas by Sea-Doo over a dozen times, and successfully completed her first solo crossing to Bimini, Bahamas in 2014. Off the water, Ashley is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, studied at Johns Hopkins Medicine and she is Assistant Director at BLUE Ocean Film Festival.
As a P1 racer, Ashley, feels it is her responsibility to educate & excite fellow water lovers to adopt the best practices while out on the water!
Follow Ashley on Twitter here: @Asponaugle
Duncan is currently the P1 Aqua X jet ski series 250 class champion and has been competing since 2011, with 16 year’s experience in the sport. Born in Thurso, in the far north of Scotland, he is now based on the south coast working for Virgin Media.
Duncan is a great addition to the frontline team as he will enable P1 Marine Foundation to reach an even broader audience to help spread the message of marine conservation and promote environmental stewardship.
“I love getting out on The Solent and I’m lucky enough to jet-ski here all year round. It is one of the busiest stretches of water in Europe with commercial shipping, ferries and leisure craft of all types and sizes but there’s so much scope here. Over the years I’ve been lucky to see a few dolphins and seals; and often on rides out I’ll spot something bobbing in the water that shouldn’t be there - a plastic bottle, a carrier bag, the odd polystyrene cup. I’ll lean over the side, hook it up and chuck it in the front stowage compartment. I don’t think about it, I just do it, clunk goes the lid and off we go again.I believe if everyone was as like-minded out on the water collectively we can help make a big difference to the marine environment.”
Follow Duncan on Twitter here: @DunkDude42