Person Behind the Face

  • Sea Sure Dan Henderson

    Person Behind the Face - Dan Henderson


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Matt Newland


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Ian Stevenson


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Mike Ward


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Chips Howarth


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Seán McCrystal


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Lee Hassall


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Charles Hansard


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Dave Cockwell


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Paul Martin


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Stephanie Horton


    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

    Person Behind the Face - Kiran Haslam


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Steve Hurst


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Karen Underwood


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Malcolm Stewart


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Graham O'Connor


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Marie-Claude Heys


    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

    Person Behind The Face - Robert Parton


    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 ...

  • Ben Allen is general manager – marine, E. P. Barrus

    Person Behind the Face - Ben Allen


    How I got into this industry… From an early age, boating has been a big part of my life. I qualified as a powerboat instructor and was actively involved in search and rescue becoming a water rescue instructor and, for the last 12 years, water incident manager for DEFRA’s National ...

  • Lou Johnson is director of Box PR

    Person Behind the Face - Lou Johnson


    How I got into this industry…Through a passion for sailing when my father taught me to sail as soon as I could walk. I went to university in Southampton and from there straight into the marine industry, where I have continued my professional development.