OUR TEAM

We are passionate about serving our customers’ logistics needs, remaining dedicated throughout the logistics process and loyal to developing long-term relationships.  Our team members come from all walks of the marine sport, leisure, events and freight forwarding sectors, and are united by their common resilience, commitment and know-how to deliver your requirements across the globe, on time, on budget.

International

Our international success has been built on long-standing values, strong industry knowledge and a shared passion for the event world and the sport of sailing. The GAC Pindar team is made up of professionals from seven countries and operates in key international time zones. We have worked on major events in more than 60 locations around the world and have delivered freight to hundreds more. Our core team speak Danish, English, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Meet the Migration Experts

If you’re in town, why not visit us at our Control Tower in Southampton on the south coast, right on the waterfront and at the heart of the UK sailing industry.  From there, we manage global events and freight movements, carefully sourcing the right solutions to meet your needs, drawing on the reach and resources of GAC’s global network of colleagues and trusted agents.  We will come to you if you need us to, providing tailored on-the-ground services right to your doorstep.

Qualified

Between us, we have decades of industry know-how gained in the event field and out on international waters.  Having worked on global events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, our team of sailors, logisticians and freight forwarding experts draw on a wealth of knowledge and understanding continuously problem solving, providing solid results.

Our staff are fully qualified in their areas of expertise.  Members of our technical team are certified in lifting operations, cargo survey and cargo lash and load, and they hold IPAF and forklift licenses. Members of our operations team are IATA Dangerous Goods trained and have solid experience in ATA Carnets, and import & export procedures by land, sea and air.

GAC Services (UK) Ltd holds ISO 9001:2015 certification in quality management and all our procedures are compliant with ISO 45001:2018 health and safety standards.  Read our Group policies here.

Industry Disruptors

We are here to serve you. To shake up the freight forwarding sector and provide viable alternatives for the marine sport, leisure and event world.  We are here to think differently, to be more than a freight forwarder, to share your passion.

Herman Jorgensen - Managing Director, GAC UK

Herman Jorgensen

Managing Director, GAC UK

Herman has held various business and management positions in the GAC Group in Norway and UK since 2008. His background is in shipping, logistics and marine services, specialising in the energy sector. Herman has extensive experience with offshore and onshore oil & gas and renewable projects worldwide, including challenging locations like the Arctic and West Africa. As our MD, he is known for his passion for people, entrepreneurship and setting an unrivalled standard of customer service. He has been involved with marine leisure and events logistics and GAC Pindar since 2014.

Andrew Pindar OBE DL

Founding Partner

Andrew’s first foray into sailing sponsorship was in 1980, supporting a North Sea Race starting from his hometown of Scarborough. His name is now synonymous with sailing having circumnavigated around the world seven times, and his industry knowledge, commitment and passion are key to the ongoing growth of our logistics business.

An ambassador to the Volvo Ocean Race, patron of Sail 4 Cancer and a trustee of both the Scaramouche and Magenta Project, Andrew champions women in sailing and the reintroduction of the sport to the Paralympics.

Andrew Pindar OBE DL - Founding Partner
Jeremy Troughton - General Manager

Jeremy Troughton

General Manager

Since 2001, Jeremy has been involved in all aspects of project management and programme delivery, working across different sites, venues, countries and time zones for events including the last three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Portsmouth America’s Cup World Series, and the 2012 London Olympic Games. He joined GAC Pindar as Project Manager for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 and now heads up our whole team. We know him as JT; he has big ambitions and even higher standards.

Nick Crabtree

Head of Business Development

With almost four decades of sailing experience, Nick played a founding role in the GAC Pindar business and was instrumental in securing our first major contract with the Extreme Sailing Series, and later the Volvo Ocean Race.  His market knowledge is built on his experience working and sailing with major international sailing teams and multiple Volvo Ocean Race Teams. He is experienced across all commercial aspects of sailing and still actively participates in regattas and superyacht racing globally, whilst continuing to develop the GAC Pindar business from Auckland, New Zealand.

Nick Crabtree - Head of Business Development
Beth King - Operations Manager

Beth King

Operations Manager

Beth has 25 years’ experience working in event, exhibition and marine-focused logistics. Recent projects include the latest sailing phenomenon, SailGP, the past two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, the America’s Cup World Series during AC35 and six editions of the Extreme Sailing Series. Beth is an English, French & Russian speaker and manages our operations team and local agents from our Control Tower in Southampton.

Dominic Watson

Special Cargo Manager

With over 25 years’ experience in the niche logistics field, Dominic has built an impressive portfolio moving yachts, race cars and classics, historic commercial and military vehicles, art work and other projects needing specialist expertise. Among others, he has managed the project logistics for Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and the 2015-2016 FIA World Rallycross Logistics which included the first ever charter for the series of a 747 from Canada to Norway.

Dominic Watson - Special Cargo Manager
Diogo Diniz - Business Development Manager

Diogo Diniz

Business Development Manager

Hailing from Portugal, Diogo joined the GAC Pindar business in 2014.  With over 30 years of sailing experience working with various classes including SB20s, Moths, Dragons, youth and Olympic classes, GC32s, RC44s and an extensive period working within the superyacht sector, Diogo brings a wide spectrum of knowledge to our team.  He speaks in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French and is an instrumental part of our ‘on-the-ground’ team at major events.

Hervé le Quilliec

Business Development Manager

Our native Frenchman, Hervé was a professional sailor before moving across to shore team & operations management for various sailing teams participating in the Volvo Ocean Race.  He was part of the Bermuda organising team for the 35th America’s Cup and remains involved in the organisation of 36th America’s Cup series in Italy. He has been part of the GAC Pindar project team for the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and remains focussed on expanding our business in the French ocean race market.

Hervé le Quilliec - Business Development Manager
Olly Smith – Site Operations and Project Manager

Olly Smith

Site Operations and Project Manager

Long-time sailor and yacht skipper, Olly has racked up over 100,000 sea miles managing ocean race boats. For 13 years, he learnt of the positive impact of well organised logistics on sailing teams and events, and that insight shapes his approach managing onsite operations for leading global events such as the SailGP, the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup World Series. Specialising and certified in lifting operations, cargo survey, lash and load, Olly also consults on the technical side of yacht shipping as well as container conversions and modifications.

Maritza Lopez

Operations Supervisor

For more than two decades Maritza has coordinated complex logistics moves for special events & projects. Her vast experience and in-depth knowledge of customs processes and hazardous goods procedures worldwide have been valuable in her expert handling of multimodal freight moves (including automotive shipments by road, sea and air) for the Bolivian Land Rover Challenge, the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup World Series. Maritza speaks four languages and is IATA Dangerous Goods trained, managing shipments of lithium ion batteries for our broadcast customers.

Maritza Lopez – Operations Supervisor
Martin Molloy – Operations

Martin Molloy

Operations

Martin has 13 years of combined freight forwarding and event logistics experience, and has recently returned from a secondment to the Volvo Ocean Race where he expertly managed the end to end logistics process, working with internal departments to ensure all documentation was completed correctly, and assisting the teams with their requirements. He is IATA Dangerous Goods trained and has vast experience in ATA Carnets, import & export procedures by air, ocean & road and international customs processes.

Katie Watts

Marketing and Commercial

Katie joined GAC Pindar in 2015, after working in television and sports logistics since 1999. From her base at our headquarters in Southampton, Katie liaises with our sales and operations team, continuously evaluating and improving internal commercial processes. She is responsible for marketing the GAC Pindar brand as we aim to make the logistics more streamlined and cost-effective for our customers. Katie also ensures while we work hard, we play hard too, organising key events for our team.

Martin Molloy – Operations
GAC Pindar - Our team
GAC Pindar - Our team

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