Co-Founder and CEO


William Ward is an innovative entrepreneur who has played a pivotal role in growing Clipper Ventures from a start-up venture to an adventure sailing ecosystem which includes the world’s largest event of its kind, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. 

In 2018, William was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the economy and to the GREAT Britain campaign.

William took a step back from the day-to-day running of Clipper Ventures at the end of 2022 but remains an active member of the management board.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

President and Co-Founder

Laura Ayres

Managing Director

Chris Rushton

Managing Director

Anna Navarro

Finance Director

Mark Light

Race Director


Adventure is in our DNA. If it’s in yours we may have the perfect role for you, either on or off the water, full or part time.