From 2006 to 2007 Tim was lucky enough to spend two years as a deckhand on MY Sai Ram and MY Leander, two excellent charter yachts. After leaving yachting, Tim moved up to London for a career in recruitment. Tim worked predominantly in the Finance and Accounting sector supplying senior staff to a variety of clients including Barclays, HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Thomson Reuters. Quay Crew was set up in 2013 to provide a different recruitment service to yachts. Tim looks after the Captain roles whilst managing the team which is now 8 strong. One of the things Tim loves about his role is offering career and mentoring advice to Captains and senior Deck Officers. He also enjoys writing yachting related blogs which attempt to educate and guide crew in their chosen career.
Director & Interior Consultant
Caroline entered the yachting industry in 2005 as a Junior Stewardess on MY Kahalani. She progressed through the ranks quickly and was Chief Stewardess on MY Capella C before finally becoming Chief Stewardess / Purser on MY GU. After leaving yachts, Caroline spent over two years working for one of the high profile international crew agencies, which is based out of Antibes. Here she learnt a huge amount about the industry and how crew agencies operate, which has influenced the direction and business ethos of Quay Crew. Since setting up the company in May 2013, Caroline has successfully managed the interior department and its specialist consultants and resourcers.
After starting her career as a Recruitment Consultant in Southampton, Sam was promoted to Recruitment Manager and asked to lead a team of four consultants in the company’s Bournemouth office. After a brief period working in South Africa, she moved back to the UK in 2005 and joined then-FTSE 100 Aerospace and Defence company Cobham plc, where she was promoted over her 10-year tenure to head up Corporate Communications. During her time at Cobham, Sam travelled extensively to business units around the world. She was heavily involved in the acquisition and re-branding of maritime companies SeaTel and Thrane & Thrane, and was Editor of the Group’s internal magazine with a readership of 14,000+ employees globally. Sam joined Quay Crew in 2015 as a Recruitment Consultant, heading up the Engineering department. After building a successful and busy engineering desk, she’s now moved into an Operations Manager role where her focus is to maximise the potential of Quay Crew and our team.
Avid watersports fan, Tom, joined the superyacht industry in 2015 working as a Deckhand for two and a half years onboard a 90m Private Yacht. During his time as crew, Tom gained his Yachtmaster and trained as a jet ski instructor. At the weekends, he skippers yachts locally, runs a flyboard centre and jet ski safaris in Poole Harbour alongside his role at Quay Crew. Tom is our Team Leader and Deck & Officer Consultant, responsible for ensuring the recruitment team has everything they need to support clients and candidates effectively. He also manages our partnership with Wet Wheels, a charity which supports people with disabilities to experience power boating.
Emily started her career on yachts back in 2013 as a Junior Stew and worked her way up to Chief Stewardess on 50 metre private and charter yachts. She loved working in the industry but now wants to be land based back here in Poole where she grew up. Prior to yachting, Emily was a qualified dental nurse and worked in a number of bars and restaurants locally. Performing arts is also one of her passions and you’ll most likely find her at art shows and the theatre. Emily now focusses on sourcing and placing skilled stews as part of our interior team.
With a solid background in hospitality and retail, Sophie then spent five years onboard superyachts in the interior department, working her way up to a Chief Stew position with S/Y Asahi. Scottish-born, Sophie then returned to the UK and settled in Poole a year ago and went straight into a yacht recruitment role. Sophie supports our Interior Consultants and her approachable and chatty demeanour is valued by candidates, helping her to get the best from them when looking for their next role. A self-confessed foodie, Sophie is also a fitness lover and enjoys long beach walks and CrossFit.
Having spent three years working onboard superyachts all over the world, Max came back shore side to maintain his connection with the sector and now manages crew placements with yachts up to 45m as well as Chef roles. A former Bank Network Associate for JP Morgan, Max has also spent several years working in digital marketing and combines his corporate and first-hand yachting experience to match the right crew with the right yacht. Outside of work, Max is a keen runner and has completed a marathon on Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland.
Since returning to the UK after four years travelling and working abroad, Tommy has built a successful career in sales and hospitality management, including the luxury ski sector. Used to working in a high pressure and high paced environment, he both understands what is required to provide an exemplary service as well as being well-versed to effectively handle superyacht recruitment. Tommy is detail driven and a great communicator and currently works on our Deckhand roles, with many contacts within the yachting industry. You can find him DJing at night, wakeboarding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Passionate about anything involving being in or on the water, a career onboard superyachts was a natural choice for Bekah. Having previously worked in the watersports industry in Dorset, she joined yachting as a Bosun/Deckhand in 2016, leaving her last yacht as Chief Stew in June 2022. Her breadth of knowledge across departments and experience supporting onboard recruitment makes her a critical resource for our consultants, with her current focus being on deck roles. As you can imagine, Bekah loves watersports and anything outdoors and her positive nature is infectious.
New Zealand-born Simon has enjoyed an extensive and global career in the superyacht industry spanning more than 25 years. Most recently Simon was Build and Operational Captain on Elixir / Gigagi, 55m Amels for six years. As well as being Captain on several prestigious superyachts, Simon has also worked in the boat building sector and as a project manager onshore. Now residing in Bournemouth with his wife and children, Simon brings a wealth of experience to Quay Crew on our Captain recruitment desk.
Originally from Macclesfield, Alice moved to Dorset in 2022 as part of a relocation package with her former company, a finance recruiter. Having worked in recruitment since 2019, Alice has a proven track record of making excellent placements across a range of roles in a variety of sectors. A proactive and enthusiastic team player, Alice has embedded herself in the yachting industry, making strong connections with both clients and candidates. Her initiative and communication skills mean she is skilled at understanding both job briefs and crew requirements within our engineering department. Outside of work, Alice enjoys being active and is a massive dog lover with a Cavapoo called Peach.
After falling in love with sailing in his mid 20’s, Glen came to the superyacht industry in 2012. Glen worked on several prestigious private and charter yachts, from 40 to 60+ metres, as Bosun, in both the Med and Caribbean. Since returning to the UK in 2015, he has been skippering a 22 meter private motor yacht, until its sale in 2018. Glen joined us from Berthon Boat Company in Lymington where he was an Aftersales Manager for their new build boat brands. After running our Deck Officer desk, Glen has now moved across to source candidates and clients for our land-based roles.
Former PR executive, Jasmin, joined yachting in 2020, working her way up to Senior Service Stew onboard 100m+ yachts before moving shoreside to become a House Manager/Assistant for a high-net worth family in London. Originally from Dorset, Jasmin returned to the South Coast to use her industry expertise to support clients and candidates looking for personnel and roles in land-based private residences. Extremely creative, Jasmin has a background in floristry, was a musician in her youth, and has a love for water sports, if there’s an excuse to get in the sea – Jasmin is in!
Since training as a journalist, Charlie has enjoyed a varied career in a number of PR and marketing management roles, predominantly within the B2B service-led sectors, four years of which were in the marine sector. As our Marketing Manager, Charlie is responsible for ensuring we showcase Quay Crew in its best light, continue to deliver exceptional educational content and sector insights and communicate effectively with both clients and candidates.
With a strong background in customer service and administration with the local authority, Kelly plays a key role in supporting the entire business function at Quay Crew. Kelly ensures the team follows best practice recruitment, from auditing processes and system use to aiding and assists with social media management and supplier relations.