Meet the crew

Our boatfolk at Royal Quays Marina

Marina View August 2016

Matthew Simms

Marina Manager

Matt’s been involved with the marina since it was on the drawing board, so he’s very much part of the furniture. A keen sailor who enjoys both racing and cruising, he’s taken to sailing other people’s boats whilst his own lies languishing in the yard – but he tells us that’s about to change.

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Brian Wilkes

Assistant Marina Manager

A big cuddly family man,ex-trawlerman, Brian joined the marina when we first opened and has helped get us to where we are today. Famed for living off what he’s just killed using rod, gun, ferret or creel. Failing that he’s partial to a bit of roadkill!

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Sue Wright

Marina Administrator

Sue is ‘Wright’ by name and ‘right’ by nature! All her numbers add up, and she keeps our accounts ship shape and in order – and she’s fun and friendly too! A stalwart of the local sailing club, in her day she was pretty hot in Enterprises and is an old hand sailing back and forth across the North Sea.

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Alex Finnegan

Berthing Master - Boatyard

Alex is our main man in the boatyard. Being chief hoist driver and crane operator, like as not it’ll be Alex setting your boat down. Alex’s many talents include building rowing skiffs, puppetry, rock musician and a subtle wit. He’s big into wooden boats but chooses to have a fibre glass one!

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David Wood

Yacht Broker

An all-round nice guy and people person. After a career in retail management, David pursued his love of boats and ‘fled to the Med’ to work as a motor yacht crew before washing up in the north-east as a Yacht Broker and finding his true calling. He loves his work nearly as much as he loves his dogs.

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Craig Blevins

Berthing Master

A guitar obsessive, classic Porsche restorer, and owner of the good ship ‘Florrie’, Craig keeps us entertained! A former singer on the club circuit he resolutely refuses to sing at work, but you might catch him picking out a few guitar riffs in the wee small hours of a night shift.


Ken Scorfield

Berthing Master

As with all the Berthing Master team, you will find Ken answering the VHF, operating the lock gates, taking your lines, lifting boats, serving fuel, keeping the marina clean, tidy and well maintained, checking boats, recording all the ins and outs, doing security, and working the till. Phew! And he still has time to smile!

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