Person Behind the Face

  • Matt Ovenden, Borrow a Boat
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Matt Ovenden

    2022-09-14T08:33:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I’ve been an avid boater since childhood – I grew up waterskiing and wakeboarding in the Blackwater Estuary, as well as racing Dart catamarans and in my teens enjoyed sailing yachts.

  • Paul Kelly, EYE Marine
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Paul Kelly

    2022-09-01T09:17:00Z

    How I got into this industry…After a couple of years in retail, I landed an apprenticeship in Portsmouth Dockyard as a ships rigger. Unfortunately, due to Mrs Thatcher’s cut backs and privatisation, I was made redundant and was lucky enough to find a job with Lucas Sails as a yacht ...

  • Sea Sure Dan Henderson
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Dan Henderson

    2022-08-03T13:40:00Z

    How I got into this industry…After I finished my degree at Portsmouth University I visited the Southampton Boat Show in 2011 with the aim of making some connections to find a role within the marine industry. My dad has been a sailmaker for most of his life so we were ...

  • Matt Newland, Swallow Yachts
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Matt Newland

    2022-05-18T15:46:00Z

    How I got into this industry…My father Nick started Swallow when I was still at school. I always had a keen interest, working for the business in the holidays and for a year out between university and a “proper job”. I managed three years in said job, before quitting to ...

  • Ian Stevenson
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Ian Stevenson

    2022-04-29T11:12:00Z

    How I got into this industry… I was working for Kraft foods, it was a choice of selling Dairylea to Asda or selling boats to nice friendly folk. My first job was at Buckden Marina in Cambridgeshire, then it was onto Ronstan, Bainbridge, Lewmar and in 2010 I started with ...

  • Mike Ward Marina Projects
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Mike Ward

    2022-03-01T12:05:00Z

    How I got into this industry…my working background was in maritime civil engineering for Portsmouth City Council. I was engaged on several major projects at the Continental Ferry Port and in the commercial docks. Desiring a move to the private sector I took a job with a major UK marina ...

  • Ian Chips Howarth, Cyclops Marine
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Chips Howarth

    2022-02-03T15:06:00Z

    How I got into this industry… I had a proper job once! I was working in environmental consultancy for Shell Oil and got in with a bad crowd from Jack Holt and was tempted into the marine industry. I started with Holt in 1995 as a sales rep (followed by ...

  • Sean McCrystal - Seas of Solution
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Seán McCrystal

    2022-01-04T16:39:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I’d been working in communications around the London Olympics when an opportunity arose to head up the marketing and PR for a marine technology company in Malta. The timing was perfect, and I’ve been hooked on marketing in maritime ever since.

  • LEE HASSALL Bartons
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Lee Hassall

    2021-11-26T15:21:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I grew up in Hope Cove, a tiny fishing village in South Devon so always had an affinity with the sea. I’ve tried recreational potting for crab and lobster and as a student had casual jobs in the fishing industry. After university I lived in ...

  • Charles Hansard
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Charles Hansard

    2021-10-28T10:08:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I have worked in the maritime industry and other industries as a supplier since 2003. However, as an Army officer I had a deployment in HMS Bristol in 1989 and that gave me the first taste of life on the ocean waves.

  • Dave Cockwell is the MD of Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Dave Cockwell

    2021-09-21T15:31:00Z

    How I got into this industry…At the age of 15, I earned a reputation at Bristol Docks as ‘the kid who could fix boats.’ I became a ‘one-man repair shop’ who refitted and restored yachts. I quickly discovered that superior craftmanship was prized by wooden boat owners who sought desirable ...

  • Paul Martin is associate director at First Peninsula Marine
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Paul Martin

    2021-08-23T11:58:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I worked part-time in the family business, BHG Marine from the age of 13 and although vowing never to get sucked in, and after a few jobs elsewhere and a year travelling overseas, I joined full time in 1990 until we sold the business in ...

  • Stephanie Horton is MD of River Canal Rescue
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Stephanie Horton

    2021-07-31T09:41:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I married the wrong man! Both myself and Trevor (CEO) are engineers and he developed a passion for boats, and quickly identified a need for a service like the RAC and AA…then I got roped in and now I live, sleep and breath boats.

  • Kiran Haslam is chief marketing officer for Princess Yachts Limited
    News

    Person Behind the Face - Kiran Haslam

    2021-06-23T15:12:00Z

    How I got into this industry…A long and winding path. I had established a reputation for re-inventing brands, and back in 2014 the owners of Princess were hoping I could jump aboard and shake things up.

  • Getting out onto the water helps Steve Hurst cope with stress
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Steve Hurst

    2021-06-01T17:22:00Z

    How I got into this industry…A Royal Navy career was thwarted by (bad) eyesight. A seasonal job at Seamark Nunn’s Chandlery in Suffolk developed into a fulltime role. The business grew significantly being early online adopters.

  • Karen Underwood is joint MD of Spirit Yachts
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Karen Underwood

    2021-04-19T17:44:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I was away on holiday and my mum saved the job pages from the local paper as she had spotted an advert for a production assistant and PA to the managing director at Oyster Yachts. I joined Oyster over 20 years’ ago and I haven’t ...

  • Malcolm Stewart is branch manager at A-Plan Commercial Marine
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Malcolm Stewart

    2021-03-11T12:36:00Z

    How I got into this industry…First job offer after university was from French insurance company Groupama. That led to a job in broking and then I was given my first best bit of advice which led to commercial marine insurance.

  • Graham O'Connor is European sales manager at Marlow Ropes
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Graham O'Connor

    2021-02-17T16:31:00Z

    How I got into this industry…I started in the industry around 15 years ago managing stock for a European rope importer. I had great opportunities to learn a lot about how rope is used in various applications and in different industries. I gained first-hand knowledge about splicing ropes, before being ...

  • Marie-Claude Heys was MD of Key Yachting until January 2021
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Marie-Claude Heys

    2021-02-04T13:30:00Z

    How I got into this industry…at the end of my professional sailing carrier, Paul Heys offered me the ideal job, half office based, half outside looking after the boats. And the rest is history…

  • Robert Parton is MD of Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina
    News

    Person Behind The Face - Robert Parton

    2021-01-05T16:32:00Z

    How I got into this industry…By chance, and out of economic necessity. The canal has always run past what was our dairy farm in Church Minshull, one day back around the early 2000’s a canal engineer working on the canal pointed at the field by the canal and said that ...