Meet the crew

Our boatfolk at Portishead Marina

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Ian Lidstone

Marina manager

Ian has spent the last 30 years touring the world with bands, ballet, festivals and the like. Having lived in Portishead most of his adult life he was delighted to join the marina team and spend as much time as possible around boats. Ian has always had a love of boats and is an experienced Yachtsman and boat owner.


Simon Davis

Assistant marina manager

Simon recently took on the role as assistant manager, combining his years of experience running a successful recruitment agency with his practical knowledge of the marina and customer base. He is invaluable in helping raise the marina's standards up even higher.


Danielle Jones

Administrative secretary

Danielle is a friendly bubbly character and the centre of our organisational day to day. Originally from the rocky shores Newfoundland she lives locally and loves her dogs. 

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Sam Butts

Berthing master & boat yard supervisor

Sam is new to our team but very experienced in Boat lifting and all areas of Marina work and life.

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Guy Lanning

Berthing master

Guy is another long standing member of the team. He is our outdoor activity’s champion and is very highly skilled on a windsurfer having competed professionally at international level………. He is leading the way with our paddle boarding launch this year.


Max Woods

Boat yard operative

Max is our new boat yard operative, he joined the Royal Marines at 18. During his service, he deployed on a front-line operational tour of Afghanistan - Op Herrick 14. For seven months he lived in an isolated and sorrounded 'Forward Operating Base' in Helmand and patrolled daily as an LMG gunner and 'second man' of his patrol, dodging Taliban IED's and rounds. "Once was as enough for me", he says, and since returning to civilian life he has got a degree in conservation biology and found his calling through the veterans sailing charity, Turn To Starboard. Max's immediate passion for sailing and yachts has led him to where he is today, with us at Portishead Marina.




Nigel Hanks

Berthing master

Nigel is the newest member of our team, his previous employment found him managing a chandlers in Bristol. We're very exicited for the vast wealth of knowledge that he brings to the team. He is a keen sailor and mad on his labrador Oscar, can't say we blame him! 

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Becky Pendrell-Perry

Part time berthing master

Becky joins us as part time berthing master and will be splitting her time between the office and being out on the pontoons. Growing up on boats with a love of sailing and DIY she spends as much time as possible on the water and pottering on her boat with her family.

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