At 35 years old, Mathew Bennett’s CV looks like he’s picked random careers out of a hat. Having joined the Military Police at 18, Mathew has gone on to study a combined honours degree in Social Sciences, worked as security contractor in Iraq, been a sales trader in financial markets in London and Monaco. During this random collision of careers Mathew volunteered as a mentor at a children’s care home which inspired him to at invest in a pilot project creating a unique sports and activity provisions for young people in care. This along with other investments now provides with him with what he describes as “full time job”. As a bachelor in his mid 30’s Mathew decided that he would like to embark on a adventure of a life time with friends before its too late. Having seen a programme describe rowing the Atlantic advertised as one of the most physically enduring challenges on the planet, he set about enlisting a group of friends that he believed, not only could endure such a challenge but that would also make it enjoyable. After a small amount of persuasion assisted by a large amount of beer we now have “Team Essence” who really are the rogues of ocean rowing.