Our boatfolk at Haslar Marina
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!
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.
Dog lover, office superstar and all-round lovely person – you will find Samantha in the marina office keeping the team in check throughout the week and at most marina events. Samantha 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.
Senior Berthing Master
Jordan came to us with a glowing reference from his time as a Marina Assistant at East Cowes Marina. We believe their judgement was spot on, hence his recent promotion. We’ve never seen Jordan without a smile on his face, he’s a fantastic all-rounder and ready to get stuck into whatever job is outstanding.
Boat Care Operative and Berthing Master
Deano has recently been working hard to get Haslar’s Boat Care department up and running, he is now the main contact for our customers, for all their Boat Care needs. Deano’s army ‘can-do!’ attitude has landed him this exciting role; he is in his element when he has tools in his hand helping customers with any manner of job.
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.
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.
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.
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. Like Ian, Emma also 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!
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!
Night Berthing Master
If there is one person other than Richard Reddyhoff that knows Haslar inside out, it’s Bill. He began his life at Haslar working in the maintenance department, around the time the marina was built then slid into the Night Berthing Masters role several years later. Bill has a wealth of knowledge and is an extremely interesting person to spend time with.
Night Berthing Master
Known by some as Will Bill, Will has been a member of the team for some years now. His early career was spent mainly under water as a diver in the Royal Navy. When he is not looking after the marina at night, he helps on television sets with underwater filming and maintaining his boat.
Whenever Adam is not at work, he is busy with his voluntary commitments. As a Coastguard Rescue Officer he is part of a team that responds to coastal emergencies in the local area, working closely with other emergency services and search & rescue teams. As a former Sea Cadet he gained qualifications on the water at an early age, and now spends his free time as an instructor with the Warsash unit.
Nicole comes to us with heaps of enthusiasm. She 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, diving, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking.