Senior Management

Nicholas Clarke, Managing Director

Nick developed ‘Akula Yachts’ as the bespoke Superyacht practice of Citadel Maritime Ltd, a top tier Maritime Security Company. Recognising the need to provide a tailored business Nick saw the requirement for a distinct business unit focused on the needs of the individual rather than the corporation. Akula is the product of the expertise developed within Citadel, built in response to a unique customer.

Nick studied at the University of Plymouth graduating with a First Class degree in International Relations and Politics. He began his career in London working within sales focused on Investment Banking. Having served in Afghanistan on two operational deployments, Nick left the Royal Marines in January 2011. After incepting and launching an armed maritime security business unit for a well-known unarmed security company, Nick then spent 6 months at sea working as a Maritime Security Officer. With a meticulous awareness of the realities of Operating in Hostile Environments and a firm commercial grasp of delivering an exceptional service to Clients, Nick continues to search for new ways to enable the Citadel Group to grow from strength to strength.

Matthew Kingston, Operations Director

Matt has oversight of all operational delivery within Akula. His primary role is to handpick the best in class personnel who reflect the dual qualities of Akula Operators; competence and humility.

Matt joined the Royal Marines in 2005 where he completed training as the recipient of the Kings Badge (best Marine within his batch). After working as a Junior Commander commanding troops in Afghanistan with 40 Commando Royal Marines and managing the security cell for the Special Boat Service at Poole, he left in 2011. Since then Matthew has worked for some of the largest firms within the maritime Security Industry and brings extensive operational experience of armed transits and industry best practice. As Akula Yachts Operations Director, Matthew ensures quick execution and timely delivery of client projects to ensure in the chaotic shipping market our client needs are met.