New Superyacht UK chairman
Jeff Houlgrave has been elected Superyacht UK chairman.
Jeff, senior associate at Marina Projects, is joined on the executive committee by new vice chairs, Ruth Douglas of Heirlooms and Kiran Haslam of Princess Yachts.
Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts remains as immediate past-chair and the remaining committee membership includes John Burnie of A and T Instruments, Julie Clark of Savage Marine, Josh Flavell of Peters & May, Ken Hickling of Viking Recruitment, Eric Hyder of Finning (UK), Stephen Hills from Pendennis Shipyard, William Mathieson of The Superyacht Group, Justin Olesinski from Olesinksi, Panos Pourgourides of Hill Dickinson and Nigel Stuart of Spirit Yachts.
“Having been a member of the SYUK committee on and off for over a decade I am delighted to have been appointed chairman,” said Jeff. “Peter Brown has left large shoes to fill, but I am confident that with the support of my vice chairmen, Ruth and Kiran, that we will be able to take on the challenge.”
He added: “I look forward to getting to know the new committee members and utilising our collective skills to promote the SYUK brand and its members around the world. The UK’s superyacht industry is facing challenges on all fronts and we need to work even harder to address these.”
The elections took place at the SYUK AGM in Southampton. The event included member case studies from Olesinski and Actisense and a guest talk from the Marine Conservation Research International’s Oliver Boisseau.
Superyacht UK is a group association within British Marine and has 260 plus members from naval architects to manufacturers and the supporting supply chain.
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