Meet the crew

Our boatfolk at Haslar Marina

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Ben Lippiett

Marina Manager

 Ben has been running Haslar with a smile for donkey's years. He started his working life shuffling across the English Channel and Bay of Biscay working on board P&O ferries, fresh from graduating with degree in Maritime Studies and Water Based Leisure Management (his first year in 1994/5 was the last year Solent University based their maritime faculty in Warsash). 

Ben loves being out on the water, and out in the great outdoors. He loves his cycling (and has clocked up over 2,000 miles in Europe and Russia), but has recently focused his energies on running ready for the London Marathon - inspired to run it for the first time for a charity started by Haslar Berth Holders. At home, with his wife and two daughters, he loves playing different guitar styles from blues to jazz, and lately can be heard working on his picado with his flamenco guitar.

Ben is a major force behind the sustainability goals in boatfolk and our annual 'big green bike ride', which always involves more hills than is strictly necessary!  

Ben Lippiett

Colin McLean

Assistant Manager

When Colin is not tending to his fish aquariums at home, he can be found in his spare time tinkering on his beloved Westerly ‘Seatangle III’ or teaching at the Gosport Sea Cadets.  He is also an RYA Powerboat instructor - so there is very little he doesn't know about motor and sail boats alike. Colin has a fantastic work ethic, which was ingrained in him when he served as a submariner- doing a very different job to now, but in the same Haslar Creek.

Colin McLean

Jordan Paulet

Assistant Manager

Jordan will always be seen with a smile on his face and ever willing to help others. If you need something done Jordan's your man. In his relatively short time Jordan has gone from Marina Assistant at East Cowes to Berthing Master, Senior Berthing Master and now Assistant Manager at Haslar. Watch out Ben!

Jordan Paulet

Samantha Millerchip

Marina Host

Dog lover, office superstar and all-round lovely person – you will find Sam in the marina office keeping the team in check throughout the week and at most marina events. Sam has been on the team for many years and can identify each customer by what dog they have, don’t ask us how she does this.

Samantha Millerchip

Nicole Swallow

Berthing Master

Waterbaby through and through, from being on a boat as young as 2 weeks old to crossing the mediterranean in an Oyster 65. Nicole knows the local waters very well from sailing on her family boat (a Moody 346), working with Haslar based Onboard RIB Charters, and getting involved with just about any watersport going; including wakeboarding, kitesurfing and scuba diving.

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Julie Spensley-Cortfield

Berthing Master

Julie worked with us as a Marina Assistant in 2019, and then heroically answered the call of the NHS to go back into nursing at the start of the pandemic - to the intensive care unit at QA Hospital. 

Julie and her husband, Dave, love sailing their classic yacht, Ceilidh Mhor (Celtic for "dance of the sea").

Julie

Martin Hutchings

Night Berthing Master and Health & Safety Representative

When it comes to Health & Safety and security, nothing gets past Gossy! He has a wealth of knowledge in his role and is always keeping the team up to date with revised legislation. Expect to bump into Gossy if you’re enjoying an evening stroll around the marina, doing what he does best.

Martin ‘Gossy’ Hutchings

Dave Hill

Chief Horticulturalist

Dave is Haslar’s very own guardian angel, agony aunt and ship’s consoler – absolute heart of gold. If you’ve not yet met him, you will have seen his beautiful wildflower displays across our five south coast marinas and at the Southampton Boat Show. Feel free to stop and chat with him, he has a wealth of gardening knowledge.

Dave ‘Angel’ Hill

Gary Birks

Marina Maintenance

You will often see Gary buzzing back and forth on his bright green golf cart and generally being busy fixing stuff across our five south coast marinas. Gary is the man who has worked wonders in the five, soon to be nine shower cubicles on the Lightship. In his spare time, Gary enjoys nothing more than travelling across the UK and Europe in his motorhome.

Gary Birks

Emma May

Cleaner

We don’t know where we’d be without Emma, she is an absolute trooper and is willing to get stuck into any manner of job. Emma started her life at Haslar working between the two on-site restaurants, then joined our team a couple years later. Emma will brighten the dullest day with her lovely smiley face!

Emma May

Ian Cagnasso

Cleaner

Ever been in one of our sparkling washrooms and heard someone singing? It’s probably Ian serenading his mop and bucket! Like Emma, Ian also started his life at Haslar working between the two on-site restaurants, then joined our team a couple years later. Not only has he got a great voice, he’s not bad at busting out a few dance moves too!

Ian Cagnasso

Bex Florence

Night Berthing Master

When not working nights you'll catch Bex running her own fishing charter company (scuse the pun!) - Kelley's Heroes and mothering her two enthusiastic boat loving children. Bex is an Advanced Powerboat Instructor and Motor Crusing Instructor and often volunteers at Sea Cadets and local sea schools.  In her very little spare time Bex enjoys singing and playing the guitar along with many other musical intruments. Irish and Scottish music being her favourite!

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