TEAM


Take part in creating a new world watersport

TOP PROFESSIONALS DRAWN TO UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES


The Manta5 team are a close-knit team who all show up to collectively drive towards our purpose of becoming Cycling’s New Frontier. We hire for culture and exceptional talent, bringing together skills in product design, design thinking, production management, PR, digital marketing and brand development.


We pride ourselves on being a little different! We believe in the collective genius of cross-functional teams. We’re customer-obsessed when it comes to creating experiences; and we dare to be different in the way we think, how often we fail and learn, and how fearlessly we innovate.


As the company grows we will need to grow our team size and retain talent, while remaining nimble and result-focused. View our current vacancies on our Careers page.

Executive Team

DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL GROWTH


Manta5 runs a lean operation, with all staff including the executive being multi-talented hands on people adapting to the challenges of a high-growth company in a changing world. This was very evident in the company's ability to pivot to meet the challenges of new pandemic economy we exist in.

Mark Robotham

CEO

Mark runs Manta5 with a straight-shooting open leadership style, with his signature operational mode of passion, pace and pragmatism to get things done. He has 20+ years' experience in taking product development companies global, with early career paths in electronic design, manufacturing, product marketing and commercial management.


Mark joined the company in 2019, taking over as CEO in April 2020. He has successfully transitioned the company from its early stage brand building and R&D start-up phase, into a successful trading international growth company.

Ray Lewis

Head of Sales & Marketing

Ray has a long and accomplished career in international business development, spending his formative years living and working in Europe and the US. More recently he has experience in business consulting and has developed deep networks into international economic development agencies that have been key in opening doors for Manta5.


Since joining Manta5 he has led the success in signing up distributors and converting our presales campaign into $2M+ in the bank and building a $20M+ sales pipeline.

Conan Magill

Head of Operations & Product Development

Conan is an expert programme and project manager, with a solid background in product development and engineering. He has a calming, methodical, detail-oriented leadership style with a great people focus.


Conan's accomplishments to date have included the conversion of a functional prototype hydrofoiler into a bike that has been documented and adapted for mass production, with the key risk elements reduced.

Board

STRONG GOVERNANCE IN VENTURE FUNDED HIGH GROWTH COMPANIES


Guy Howard-Willis

Founding Director & Investor

Guy is an avid cyclist, keen water sports enthusiast, and self-proclaimed dreamer. Co-founder of Torpedo7 with his son Luke, an online action sports retailer. Torpedo7 Group grew to employ more than 300 people, dispatching 2M+ orders annually before being fully acquired by The Warehouse Group in 2016. Guy dreamed up the idea of replicating cycling on water, and founded Manta5 to bring his dream to reality.

Phil Norman

Chair

Phil is a specialist in business services for high growth companies. He has over thirty years experience working with small and mid-sized companies in different industries and sectors and has been an owner, manager, director and investor in many local and international businesses. He was the founding Chairman of Xero, one of NZ’s most successful technology companies of recent times, and currently Chairs NZX-listed Plexure Group Limited, ASX-listed Straker Translation Limited, Loyalty New Zealand Limited (Flybuys) and Touchpoint Group Limited.

Gavin Lennox

Director

Passionate about building and leading teams in fast-growing technology businesses, Gavin was CEO of Invenco in 2015-2019 and during his time the company received numerous accolades, including NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year. Previous to Invenco, Gavin was Chairman of Critchlow, CEO of Nextspace and General Manager of SmartCo. Gavin has a depth of technical product development and manufacturing knowledge, as well as business leadership and sales management experience. In 2020 Gavin was appointed as Group CEO of the IceHouse.

Phil Deason

Director

Phil has a background in e-commerce, telecommunications, consulting and corporate management. He spent eight years consulting in Asia, Europe, the UK, Australia and South Africa before returning to NZ. Phil is currently involved in investment across private equity, early stage, industry property and investment markets.