Person Behind the Face – Page 3

  • Sarah Wallbank is CEO of August Race Worldwide

    Person Behind the Face - Sarah Wallbank


    How I got into this industry…We relocated to Devon as a family ten years’ ago in a conscious bid to spend more time on the water. That coupled with my husband’s long-standing credentials in the chemical industry and my background in design led to us developing August Race products.

  • Edouard Feiss is co-founder and CEO of Navily

    Person Behind the Face - Edouard Feiss


    How I got into this industry…I fell in love with sailing over 15 years ago, thanks to my friend Benjamin. Ten years later, we had the idea of creating a cruising guide fuelled by the sailing community. We quit our jobs and created Navily.

  • David Tydeman is CEO of Fairline Yachts

    Person Behind the Face - David Tydeman


    How I got into this industry… I saw an advert in late 1987 to recruit an MD for Beneteau UK and applied. I’d bought my first race yacht, an SJ30, a few years earlier and was working in the oil industry in Scotland. I thought that joining Beneteau UK was ...

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

    Person Behind the Face - Adrian Bevin


    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 ...

  • Dave Manasseh is Shakespeare's European sales manager

    Person Behind the Face - Dave Manasseh


    How I got into this industry… My first job in December 1995 was working in a warehouse packing boxes for an antenna company one mile from my family home. Technically it’s the only job I’ve ever applied for because I still work there. I have literally done every job from ...

  • Robbie Sargent is rigging sales manager at OYS

    Person Behind the Face - Robbie Sargent


    How I got into this industry…I come from a sailing family and have sailed from a very young age and always wanted to do something with boats.

  • Dave Atkinson is chairman of the Round the Island Race management team

    Person Behind the Face - Dave Atkinson


    How I got into this industry…Born on the Isle of Wight, raised with sailing on my doorstep. I currently work as a director of a marketing consultancy, I’ve also worked around the globe as a coach, consultant and in sales, but the marine industry has always had an important role ...

  • Lesley Robinson is British Marine CEO

    Person Behind the Face - Lesley Robinson


    How I got into this industry…My background and experience has been in customer facing commercial organisations primarily managing levels of strategic change. Prior to British Marine I joined MDL Marinas and was MD there for around three years. Having enjoyed sailing since university, it was a great way to get ...

  • Kevin Rough is Daniamant CEO

    Person Behind the Face – Kevin Rough


    How I got into this industry…Long story, but after getting punched in the face by my boss, on a General Building Youth Training Scheme (YTS) back in 1988, I walked out. I joined Chemring as a trainee accounts clerk. 30 years later after transferring to McMurdo and subsequently Daniamant I’m ...

  • Jonny Boys is MD of the Trafalgar group of companies

    Person Behind the Face - Jonny Boys


    How I got into this industry… I grew up sailing in Chichester Harbour and whilst still at school started working with boats, deciding that the marine world was where I wanted to be. I started JBT Marine in 1999 and in 2004, I took over Thornham Marina in Emsworth. I ...

  • Emma and Scott are the founders of SLEEK Clean Care

    Person Behind the Face - Emma Tapper and Scott Rudd


    How we got into this industry…We met at the Sailing Society whilst at University. SLEEK was born because we wanted to keep our sailing dinghy clean using something that really worked but without using toxic chemicals. We roped in the help of Emma''s father who has a background in manufacturing ...

  • David Melville is sales manager, specialist applications at Fischer Panda UK

    Person Behind the Face - David Melville


    How I got into this industry…Pure luck. A row with my girlfriend at the time, fed up with me moaning about my lot, threw the London Evening Standard at me and said: ‘do something about it’. So I did, and got a job with Henry Browne & Son Ltd, makers ...

  • Alexis Eyre is head of marketing at launch marketing agency Five by Five

    Person Behind the Face - Alexis Eyre


    How I got into this industry… I quit working in the London media world and headed to Australia for eight months. While temping in Sydney, I did my Day Skipper and moved to the Whitsundays, as a hostess on backpacker boats. That inspired me to return to the UK and ...

  • Dan Levy is the Overboard MD

    Person Behind the Face - Dan Levy


    How I got into this industry…My father was a keen sailor so I grew up boating. After university I worked in textile manufacturing but left that and started sailing again.

  • Hannah Cash is the founder of YachtingLawyers

    Person Behind the Face - Hannah Cash


    How I got into this industry…Growing up in Cornwall, I loved everything to do with the sea. I studied Maritime Law and worked in London. When I purchased my first barge I looked for help to mortgage the vessel, find moorings, deal with the sale (very similar to property conveyance) ...

  • Paul Singer is founding director of Yachting Brokers

    Person Behind the Face - Paul Singer


    How I got into this industry…My father started as an office boy for a shipbroker, ending up as MD for a large US ship brokerage company. We had a holiday home in Polruan where we all learnt to sail. When he retired he bought a Salcombe-based charter company Blue Water ...

  • Liz Baugh is lead medical consultant at Red Square Medical

    Person Behind the Face - Liz Baugh


    How I got into this industry…I served as a medic in the Royal Navy on board warships, then ashore as a medical designated person ashore and with the Royal Marines. After I left the military, I started at Warsash Maritime Academy as an associate lecturer. I qualified as an HSE ...

  • Andy Sims is MD of AJS Technical Services

    Person Behind the Face – Andy Sims – AJS Technical Services


    How I got into this industry…I started working life as an engineering apprentice in the Midlands, geographically as far from the sea as is possible in the UK, with little knowledge of ‘marine’ apart from a ferry trip when I was ten. I ended up at Cooney Marine which became ...

  • Jeremy White is loft manager at Elvstrom Sails

    Person Behind the Face: Jeremy White –Elvstrom Sails


    How I got into this industry…Aged 14 I had a Saturday job at Knight and Pink Marine dinghy builders, and this turned into an apprenticeship. Boat building was not for me, so I joined a sail loft called North Sails. I found the transition of turning a flat bit of ...

  • Bob Stockley is MD at Icom (UK)

    Person Behind the Face: Bob Stockley – Icom (UK) MD


    How I got into this industry…Accidentally. I was doing casual work around the local markets in Kent when I left school, involving selling clothing (stay-pressed and tonic suits) and collecting fruit and veg from New Covent Garden.