Wilson Yacht Management

Wilson Yacht Management

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Wilson Yacht Management

yacht management company

About Us

Wilson Yacht Management is an independent yacht management company with over 19 years’ industry experience.

We provide a discreet, friendly and personalised yacht management service which covers all issues connected to the day to day operational requirements of the Owner, Captain and Crew.

Our services covers commercially and privately registered yachts operating under the Large Yacht and Passenger Yacht Codes and ensures they are maintained and operated to the highest standards whilst complying with necessary legal and regulatory requirements.

It is because of our superior services that have allowed us to build strong long term relationships with all our clients - many of which have been maintained for over a decade.

We currently manage yachts ranging from 30m to 104m+ and with offices in the UK and the USA our staff our always on hand.

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Meet the Team

Allan Wilson

Allan Wilson

Managing Director / Yacht Manager

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Robert Lough

Robert Lough

ISM/ISPS Manager

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Gail Belcher

Gail Belcher

Accounts and Office Manager

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Frank Sopkiw

Frank Sopkiw

Yacht Manager

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Diana Rowden

Diana Rowden

Crew Administrator

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Andrew Belcher

Andrew Belcher

Accounts Assistant

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Jenna Pears

Jenna Pears

Accounts Assistant

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Matthew Belcher

Matthew Belcher

Payroll Assistant

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Liz Kennedy

Liz Kennedy

Assistant Yacht Manager

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Alex Gilbey

Alex Gilbey

Accounts Assistant

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Managing Director / Yacht Manager

Allan Wilson

BACKGROUND

Educated at Hull Nautical College, Allan started off his diverse career with twelve years in the merchant navy, climbing the ladder all the way from deck cadet to captain, and initially working for Bank Line before moving on to Northern Marine Ltd. Following six years as yacht captain aboard the Midnight Saga which, at 58 metres, was one of the top ten largest yachts and top two charter yachts, Allan subsequently founded Wilson Yacht Management. He has now been working in the yacht management industry for two rich and fascinating decades, directing a company that has managed new build projects in Italy, China, and Holland, major refit projects in Europe and the USA, and vessels between 30 and 100 metres across the globe.

RESPONSIBILITIES

An ISM Auditor and Class 1 Master Mariner, Allan’s role covers a huge variety of work and offers exciting challenges on a daily basis, all alongside a fantastic team of devoted and multi-disciplined professionals that make up Wilson Yacht Management. In a nutshell, he runs the day-to-day and overall management of luxurious mega yachts, fuelling his passion for the vessels to which he has dedicated four decades of education, training and vocation.

ISM/ISPS Manager

Robert Lough

BACKGROUND

Robert studied Navigation and Seamanship at HMS. Conway Merchant Navy Cadet School. He is a Class 1 Master Mariner with thirty years’ experience at sea, fifteen of them as captain of passenger ships, with a decade ashore as Director of P&O Ferries, with responsibility for UK operations in Hull and Felixstowe. Robert’s career has also seen him work as Director of the North of England P&I Association in Newcastle, Director of the Chamber of Shipping in London, and Chairman of the Passenger Ship Issues Committee.

RESPONSIBILITIES

With eleven years’ experience at Wilson Yacht Management, Robert’s primary duties are writing and maintaining safety and security manuals to comply with ISM and ISPSC code. His years of dedicated service have seen him responsible for the safety and security management of several privately owned and commercially registered yachts between 500gt and 3100gt, and one passenger yacht of 4300gt. Robert is also your point of contact ashore for all enquiries relating to managed yachts.

Accounts and Office Manager

Gail Belcher

BACKGROUND

ACCA qualified and head point of contact for clients and captains, Gail originally began working with Managing Director Allan Wilson back in 1996. Since then they have dedicated unparalleled knowledge, experience and passion to making Wilson Yacht Management what it is today.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Gail’s duties include forecasting and tracking annual budgets and overseeing the account management of all yachts. Whilst accessible and transparent communications are key to maintaining strong relationships with clients, managing the health, safety and wellbeing of employees is also essential to the role. This combination of wide-ranging responsibilities and working alongside a dedicated team is what drives Gail forward in her work.

Yacht Manager

Frank Sopkiw

BACKGROUND

A yacht captain since 1971, holding USCG Master of Oceans, 3000gt UTC and FAA Private Instrument Pilot licenses, Frank is highly qualified and holds impressive experience in the world of yachts and seafaring. Working as Yacht Manager for over ten years, his top skills include shipping, logistics, transportation, contract negotiation and maritime operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

With a decade’s experience at Wilson Yacht Management, Frank focuses on flag and port state compliance, repair and refit coordination, crew guidance and recommendations, vendor coordination, and the procurement of fuel, parts and dockage. This varied range of duties allows him to remain current with the evolving marine environment whilst focusing on his work ashore, saving his yacht hours for recreational purposes.

Crew Administrator

Diana Rowden

BACKGROUND
Diana has worked in the cruising industry for many years, having joined her first ship in 1999. Business and administration qualifications, wide-ranging knowledge and in-depth experience of the maritime industry combine to give her excellent insight into the needs of seagoing personnel.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Diana has been with us for a year so far and her duties offer great variety. Managing all aspects of seagoing personnel, document compliance, contracts and flights, she loves the atmosphere at Wilson Yacht Management and values the supportive outlook and team spirit that everyone embraces.

Accounts Assistant

Andrew Belcher

BACKGROUND

Andrew has been working at Wilson Yacht Management intermittently in various roles since the age of eighteen. This has given him a unique and valuable understanding of not only how each area of business works, but also how the company operates as a whole. He is currently studying for his AAT qualification, which is helping him to excel at his current role in our account management department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Managing American accounts and yachts, Andrew is dedicated to maintaining and developing excellent relationships with numerous captains and suppliers. He relishes interacting with a variety of people on a daily basis and takes every opportunity to help our company to grow internationally.

Accounts Assistant

Jenna Pears

BACKGROUND

AAT qualified, Jenna joined the team at Wilson Yacht Management in October 2016, having previously worked in various different industries including the Motor Trade, Haulage, Document Management, Engineering/Construction and Education. Whilst new to the yachting industry, Jenna is already proving to be a real asset to the company with her excellent work ethic & attention to detail.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Managing both European & American yacht accounts, Jenna develops & maintains strong relationships with captains, crew & suppliers worldwide. This exciting & challenging role, combined with a fantastic team spirit and friendly office atmosphere, creates a vibrant working environment which she is proud to be a part of.

Payroll Assistant

Matthew Belcher

BACKGROUND

Matthew is very new to the industry and is rapidly proving to be an asset to the team with his thirst for knowledge and dedication to the business.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Having started working at Wilson Yacht Management in early 2015, Matthew is our latest member of the team. His role includes the regular updating of crew schedules and, something that they very much appreciate, paying their wages. Matthew finds the friendly office atmosphere to be the ideal working environment and the hardworking nature of his colleagues very inspiring.

Assistant Yacht Manager

Liz Kennedy

BACKGROUND

A graduate of St Andrews University with wide ranging experience in logistics, customer service, administration and service management, Liz has worked in a variety of technical and manufacturing companies. Having completed 8 years as a Project Manager with Lloyds Register co-ordinating design appraisal and build verification for submarines and submarine rescue vehicles, Liz jumped at the chance to contribute her skills to the team at WYM and increase her knowledge of the marine industry.

RESPONSIBILITIES

With an emphasis on document control, including monitoring and filing ISM and mini ISM yacht reports, keeping track of renewal dates for certificates and insurance, and assisting with updating company documents like WYM’s mini ISM manual. For full managed yachts, assisting with tracking planned maintenance and yacht refits, keeping information up to date and matching quotes with invoices. Responsible for setting up and maintaining Sea Crew data base.

Accounts Assistant

Alex Gilbey

BACKGROUND

AAT qualified, Alex joined Wilson Yacht Management in October 2016, having previously worked as an accounts assistant for a large kitchen retailer. The youngest member of the team, Alex has fitted in well and contributes significantly to the dynamic atmosphere in the office.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Alex looks after both European & American yachts, interacting with captains, crew & suppliers on a daily basis. He enjoys the variety of work involved and is particularly interested in learning more about the yachting industry as the role develops.

Allan and his team have a wealth of experience in the yacht management field and have always been efficient, diligent and honest in our dealings. I greatly value their support and service, and recommend them to any new yacht owner to help make the transition smooth and enjoyable.

- John Bailye

Nopel Shipping Ltd. was totally satisfied with the services of Wilson Yacht Management, and found no cause for complaint over the nine years Nopel Shipping Ltd. was involved with them. Allan and his team have a wealth of experience in the yacht management field and they have always been efficient, diligent and honest in all our dealings.

- Nopel Shipping Ltd

I wish to say a personal thank you for the support you have given me and Vortex Marine over the last two years. Peter, my late husband was pleased he picked the right company, yours, to help with all matters.

- Pauline Bull, Motor Yacht Titan

It has been about a year since you have taken over the management of our client's 60 meter Feadship. We have previously had two other management companies and even did the work ourselves for several months. I wanted to thank you for your excellent service and let you know how pleased we are in how seamlessly you have taken over and done just what we needed. The boat is now back in the Mediterranean and I look forward to a good summer season ahead. Thanks again for your exemplary management and support.

- Steve