Meet the Seaward Team
MARK HUNTLEY – Chairman
Mark, as well as being an enthusiastic Seaward owner and experienced yachtsman, boasts a wealth of knowledge of international business management and finance. His is a director of and a consultant to a number of international organisations both large and small. These skills and experience allied to Mark’s boundless energy and his enthusiasm for Seaward boats make him the perfect hand on the Seaward tiller.
Office: +44 (0) 1983 280333
CHRIS CLAYTON – Managing Director
Chris has long-standing links with the development of Nelson hulls. As a director of both Bucklers Hard Boat Builders Ltd and Beaulieu Marine Developments Ltd, he and his team specialise in completing Nelson hulls to bespoke standards. They have also developed the new Nelson 42 Mk II at their base at Bucklers Hard Marina on the Beaulieu River.
Mobile: +44 (0) 7801 253304
BRIAN HUTCHINSON – Financial Director
Brian is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner with Mazars LLP, international accountants and business advisors, for over 30 years. Apart from working with a wide range of business clients and charities, Brian held various regional and national management roles for Mazars.
Since leaving Mazars at the end of 2012, he has continued to advise various local businesses on strategic, financial and management issues as well as being interim finance director for two companies.
“Never having been a boating person, working with Seaward has been a great learning experience. Our team builds fantastic boats and it is good to play a role in the company”.
NICK WARD – Sales & Marketing Manager
Nick has worked in sales and marketing for his entire career, and after working in the IT sector for a number of years, he moved into the marine sector and in particular boat sales and brokerage. Nick joins Seaward with a wealth of experience gained working in new boat sales for leading motor and sailing yacht brands.
“I am really pleased to be on board with Seaward at such an exciting time in the growth of the business. I look forward to meeting existing customers and developing new opportunities in both the Seaward leisure and commercial boat markets.”
Mobile: +44 (0) 7730 331024
BEN GLENNIE – Design and Development
Ben Glennie leads the design development and production design at Seaward.
In 2020 he graduated with a bachelors’ degree of engineering in yacht design and production from Solent University.
His key interests are hull design and optimisation, alternative propulsion systems development and structural design analysis, which has been most recently utilised within Seawards new 29ft commercial pilot boat.
“What I want to help the team achieve is to optimise the performance of these wonderful boats and bring forward their classic, elegant lines to meet the next generation of technologies and materials.”
ANGUS BELCHER – Training and Marine Services
Angus runs the Seaward Sea School, and he has been involved with Seaward boats and their owners for over ten years. Angus has been sailing and boating for over forty years. His experience encompasses many types of power and sailing vessels throughout Europe. Angus has a calm and sociable personality that puts students and owners at ease and instils confidence as they learn. Feel free to call him for information and advice.
Mobile: +44 (0) 7979 806629
Seaward was founded by Barry Kimber in Guernsey in 1980 to develop these unique Nelson semi-displacement craft. The original Seaward 23 model was so successful that in 1988 an owner’s club was formed, called the Seaward Squadron, which hosts popular rallies each season. Following the success of the 23, Seaward and TT Boat Designs went on to develop 25 & 29ft versions, then the 35 cockpit and aft deck models and, latterly, the 39 and 42. The Seaward range was developed with sea-keeping and manoeuvrability at the forefront of the design process. In 2002 the business relocated to its current production facility in Cowes.
The purchase of the business by The Boat Development Company Ltd. has ensured continuation of the Seaward traditions of quality and craftsmanship. Utilising ‘Best of British’ design and build quality, along with continuous innovation and developments by the highly skilled team at Seaward, we are delivering to our customers, truly first-class boats for which Seaward is renowned worldwide.