TEAM

MANAGEMENT AND COMMERCIAL PERSONNEL

Managing director and team principal

Colin Kolles

Director of Formula 1

Michiel Mol

Chief executive officer, Spyker Cars

Victor Muller

Chief technical officer

Mike Gascoyne

Chief operational officer

Patrick Missling

Technical director

James Key

Team manager

Andy Stevenson

Chief designer

John McQuilliam

Head of business affairs

Ian Phillips

Head of business development

Manfredi Ravetto

Commercial director

Pieter Leeuw

Press officer international

Lucy Nell

Press officer Netherlands

Mike Mulder

Event manager

Boukje Lodewijk

Account manager

Geraldine de Kroes

COLIN KOLLES

Date of birth :   30 December 1967
Marital status :  Married to Ursula, one daughter
Lives:   Silverstone, UK and Munich, Germany

Colin began his motorsport career in rallying in 1985, but changed career path soon after to work as an assistant dentist in Ingolstadt, Germany. He later established his own dental practice before becoming reacquainted with the sport in 2000 when he co-founded a Formula 3 team. Within a year, Team Kolles had become the most successful team in Germany, which led to Mercedes factory backing. In 2003, just three years later, Kolles established a second team for Tom’s Toyota where he first came into contact with Alex Shnaider.

In 2004 Shnaider and Colin worked together to take the initial steps to create the Midland F1 team, leading to Colin’s appointment as managing director and team principal in early 2005 after Midland’s purchase of the team. Colin continues in this role in the newly-founded Spyker Formula One team.

MICHIEL MOL

Date of birth :   4 August 1969
Marital status :  Married to Paulien, three children
Lives:   Amsterdam, Netherlands

Michiel Mol is one of Europe’s most succesful e-businessmen of the past decade. Having graduated from Leiden University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics he started his own company, Lost Boys international (LBi), which has since grown to Europe’s largest digital agency, and is listed on both the Dutch and Swedish exchanges.

Michiel is still the largest shareholder and member of the supervisory board at LBi. In addition to LBi he founded Media Republic and Guerrilla Games, the latter he sold to Sony last year.

Michiel continues to hold this role in addition to his duties as director of the Spyker Formula One Team.

VICTOR MULLER

Date of birth :   13 September 1959
Marital status:  Divorced, three children
Lives :    Amsterdam, Netherlands

Victor Muller is one of the two founders of Spyker and as Chief Executive Officer is responsible for implementing the overall strategy of the company. After completing his law studies at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1984 Victor started his career as a lawyer at Caron & Stevens / Baker & McKenzie, Amsterdam.

In 1989, he became a member of the management team of the offshore company Heerema in Leiden and was involved in several acquisitions. He became partial owner of Wijsmuller Salvage and Towage, IJmuiden, as a member of a consortium through a management buy-out.

Since 1992, he has managed and restructured several companies including Emergo Fashions Group B.V. that went public under the name McGregor Fashion Group N.V. in April 1999.

Victor is also a collector of classic cars and has broad experience as a client within the international high-end sports cars market.

In addition to his role within Spyker Cars, Victor is a member of the supervisory board of Ouwehands Dierenpark B.V

MIKE GASCOYNE

Date of birth :   2 April 1963
Marital status :  Single, three children
Lives:   Oxford, UK

After graduating from Cambridge University, Mike started his Formula 1 career in 1989 with as an aerodynamicist with McLaren. After a two-year spell with the team he joined Tyrrell as a chassis dynamist, working under technical director Harvey Postlethwaite.

Mike joined the fledging Sauber team in 1991 to become Head of Aerodynamics, a role he held for three years. When the team made its F1 debut in 1993, Gascoyne’s car collected 12 points; a remarkable effort for a new constructor.

In 1994 Mike rejoined Tyrrell as Deputy Technical Director, where he remained until the team’s demise in 1998. He then moved across to the Jordan Grand Prix team and immediately started work on its 1999 challenger. The season was the most successful in the small team’s history, as it finished third in the constructors’ championship with two race wins.

In 2001 Mike switched to Benetton in a bid to revive the team’s ailing fortunes. In his two and a half years with the team, which later became Renault, he led the outfit to become a regular frontrunner, which culminated in a win in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mike moved to Toyota soon after to lead its technical team in the initial steps of a F1 campaign. His 2005 car was Toyota’s most successful ever, with five podiums and fourth in the constructors’ championship, however following a difference of opinion in the running of the team, Mike left Toyota in early 2006.

Mike returned to F1 with Spyker at the end of 2006, hungry to turn the team’s fortunes round and help Spyker achieve its goals.

JAMES KEY

Date of birth :   14 January 1972
Marital status :  Married to Sally, three children
Lives:   Warwickshire, UK

James Key was appointed to the position of Spyker technical director in 2005. The 33-year-old Englishman, formerly Technical Co-ordinator, gained considerable experience during his nine years with Jordan Grand Prix.

James was sponsored through university by Lotus Engineering and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1996. Upon completion of his studies, he began his motorsport career with Lotus in 1996, working on their GT car program as a designer. He entered Formula One with Jordan Grand Prix in 1998 as a data engineer and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming test engineer in 2000 and senior race engineer in 2002.

In 2003 he joined the Aerodynamic Group at Jordan for a season and was then promoted to Head of Vehicle Science towards the end of that year. He was appointed Technical Co-ordinator in 2005.