Meet the Team

Dan Hook
Dan Hook
Founder

A Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the marine industry. Dan previously worked for ASV Global, now known as L3 ASV and held the position of Managing Director as the company grew from 2 employees to about 150 before selling to L3 Technologies. Dan has since gone on to work with several small start-ups in the marine technology space with a focus on electric propulsion, low emissions and connectivity and founded RAD in 2018.

Dan holds an MEng Ship Science from University Southampton and is a Trustee of the National Oceanography Centre as well as being active on many industry/government initiatives to grow the UK marine industry.

Richard Daltry
Richard Daltry
Founder

Richard is a Naval Architect and Chartered Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the marine technology industry. After graduating from the University of Southampton with a Master of Engineering in Yacht and Small Craft Design he began his career at Seaspeed Marine Consulting, specialising in unmanned platform and high-speed craft design.

Richard then spent nine years co-founding and building ASV Global, an autonomous surface vessel technology company where he was Technical Director until April 2019. There he was responsible for the engineering teams as well as developing and delivering the company’s technology and product strategy. Richard co-founded RAD Propulsion in 2018 to develop smart, connected electrical propulsion systems for the marine industry.

Clive Johnson
CEO

A marine tech entrepreneur and experienced industry leader. Clive was founder and CEO of Tacktick Ltd who designed and manufactured the world’s first solar powered instruments for dinghies and yachts, which was sold to Raymarine in 2011. Clive went on to set up and become CEO of Magma Structures, a leader in carbon composites and builder of the world’s tallest carbon super yacht masts. Clive is a Non Exec Director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Chairman of Axiom Product Development.

Clive is a Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA from the Open University.

Peter Byford
CTO

Prior to joining RAD Propulsion, Peter was the Head of Electrical Systems at L3 Harris Technologies where he led the design and delivery of complex marine robotic systems.

Peter also has over 10 years’ experience in web development and online database systems for blue chip industries and with a first-class degree in automotive engineering, he has previously worked for several large automotive OEMs and race teams.

As a STEM ambassador, Peter has been involved with the Green Power Challenge, and the Shell Eco Marathon sharing his knowledge with school and college students, helping them develop their own competition vehicles.

As a practising search and rescue coxswain for the last 13 years Peter has gained extensive first-hand experience of the importance of reliability in the marine industry, regularly having to use the full extent of a vessel’s capabilities.

David Martin
COO

David has 30+ years experience working for both large defence primes and various marine leisure electronics manufacturers (including Garmin and Raymarine).

His most recent role, before joining RAD Propulsion, was as the Engineering Manager for ASV Global, where he met Dan and Richard. During his time at ASV he delivered several multi million pound Government funded research projects which looked at multiple aspects of the control and operation of marine autonomous vehicles.

His project delivery and management skills are backed up by over eight years practical experience working in the commercial offshore oil and gas sector giving him first-hand experience of the challenges of developing products for the harsh marine environment.

John Daltry
Product Designer

John has a BSc Hons in Product Design and Innovation and 14 years of experience as a designer for both SMEs and large public institutions.

Prior to joining RAD, John worked at the University of Portsmouth where he was responsible for developing the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries’ 3D Printing, computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities as well as supporting overall design practice at the University. John was nominated for a Praxis Auril Knowledge Exchange Award for using the University’s laser cutting facilities to design and create a face shield for use by medical professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John’s decision to join RAD was strongly influenced by his love of water sports. He is an avid windsurfer and paddleboarder. Also, a keen sailor from a young age, he has an in-depth understanding of the marine environment that helps to inform his design decisions.

Vicki Realff
Marketing and PR Manager

Vicki has over 20 years experience in b2b and consumer PR and marketing, running award winning campaigns for clients including Skype, Sky, IBM, Lenovo and GSK.

Vicki worked in London until 2016 for two international PR agencies – Porter Novelli and Text 100. As a director at Text 100 she led campaigns across the EMEA region for the agency’s tech and consumer clients.

In 2016, while working as a communications lead for Macmillan Cancer Support, Vicki and family made the move to the south coast to achieve a better work life balance and be closer to the water! She continues to support Macmillan in Dorset and Hampshire.

Vicki is a graduate of the University of Southampton with a BA Hons in English.

Harry Beadle
Software Engineer

Harry recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a MEng in Electronic Engineering. During his degree he focused on embedded systems design, particularly networked sensor systems and low-level electronic design. His masters’ project involved novel analog design for a secure system. His extensive skillset covers processor and PCB design as well as web development and cloud infrastructure. At RAD, in his role of software engineer, Harry takes responsibility for cloud infrastructure and electronics, including system design and firmware.

Harry is an outdoor enthusiast and a passionate rock climber, you will find him climbing mountains or balancing on a slackline any chance he gets!