Person Behind the Face - Adrian Bevin

Adrian Bevin is head of technology, automotive, engineering and South Devon Marine Academy Adrian Bevin is head of technology, automotive, engineering and South Devon Marine Academy

How I got into this industry… I’ve been actively sailing since the age of eight and progressed to Mirror dinghies at age 11. I then moved on to dinghy racing in Paignton sailing a range of dinghies including Fireballs before starting offshore sailing and racing from Brixham - I was fortunate to have the opportunity to compete in the Rolex Fastnet.

Best advice I've ever received...Successful people surround themselves with successful people.

You should really read...Jason Fox, Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows. A truly inspirational read. Also Ken Duxbury’s Classic of Open Boat Cruising: The Lugworm Chronicles. After reading this book I very nearly sailed off over the horizon.

One thing the industry needs less of is...Barriers to participation. We still suffer from too many barriers to entry and participation in the marine industry. Some may just be perceived barriers, but we really need to work on encouraging and engaging more widely.

Most hated buzzword or workplace expression…“It can’t be done.” The truth is there is always a way.

Best place I’ve been...I have travelled far and wide and I’m fortunate to live and work in South Devon. Despite all the stunning places I’ve visited, I believe you cannot beat the south west coast and the walk from Torcross to Start Point is a personal favourite.

Don't worry about...Failing. To quote Elon Musk, “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

Favourite meal…Mussels and chips, with a glass of cider.

One thing I couldn’t live without…The sea.

How I cope with stress…Escape out to sea and go sailing.

Something about you that people might be surprised by…I’m fortunate enough to have encountered many varied experiences in my life and I expect to be faced with even more that might surprise me.

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