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EXPERIENCED PASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS

Meet the team

passionate. dedicated. reliable.

Our passion for the yachting industry drives us to provide the highest service in client relationships, brokering, and yacht management.

Excellence is our goal, reliability is our commitment!

Sean Madgwick

Sean Madgwick

Managing Director

BROKERAGE SOUTH PACIFIC I EUROPE I ASIA I SERVICE & REFIT I YACHT AGENCY

Sean combines his new-build technical management, bespoke marketing and 12 years superyacht brokering nous with his attention to detail, to provide ethical, intelligent service throughout the entire buying and selling process. With his knowledge of global markets, he puts in the legwork on behalf of purchasers and vendors and stays on top of vessel prices and availability from the South Pacific, through Asia and into Europe.

His extensive experience with new build and design in northern Europe and Asia has made him an expert in bridging the gap between owner wants and needs and technical must-haves. When he’s not doing that, his favourite place to cruise is along the Amalfi coast.

Scott Wellington-Stones

Scott Wellington-Stones

Managing Director

BROKERAGE SOUTH PACIFIC I USA I CARIBBEAN, CHARTER I MARKETING

With over 17 years experience marketing and selling superyachts, coupled with extensive new build and design work in the US and Europe; Scott advises on the best vessel to match how you spend time on the water. He puts his business management and marketing degree, and impressive body of work into use on behalf of his clients and takes great pride in finding tailored solutions to meet brokerage and charter needs. As a skilled waterman himself, with a passion for powerboat racing and water skiing, his knowledge covers the full gamut of the industry – from brokerage and charter, to how to have fun once you’re onboard the yacht. Scott’s charter destinations of expertise are the South Pacific, USA and Caribbean and though he’s explored much of the world, the Bahamas is his favourite charter location.

JANITA ALLWRIGHT

JANITA ALLWRIGHT

Crew Placement Manager I Yacht Support

With extensive experience as a Chief Stewardess on busy charter yachts, Janita knows the challenges crew face and works with you to provide an exceptional owner and guest experience, while meeting the myriad other operational needs of the yacht. Whether it’s provisioning, visas, facility or accommodation bookings, or securinga once-in-a-lifetime experience for the yacht’s owners, Janita loves the challenge of making it happen.

Her time onboard superyachts has also given her close insight into the importance of the right team member to slot into your crew onboard. She’s an expert in crew placement and puts her focus on not just finding a candidate with qualifications, but a qualified candidate who’ll fit the yacht’s ethos and crew. Outside of work hours, she will be found hiking, stand up paddle boarding, camping and spending quality time with friends and family.

Chloe James

Chloe James

Charter Manager

Chloe turned her passion and love for the ocean into a dedicated career in the marine industry. After working on islands along the Great Barrier Reef, Chloe fell in love with diving and all things marine. Since then she has spent her career working as a marine biologist, divemaster and superyacht stewardess and deckhand in Australia and around the world; from sailing the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean to exploring Panama, Costa Rica, Galapagos and further afield.

On her return to Australia, Chloe worked closely with a yacht agency in Sydney before spending a year freelancing on many charter boats along the east coast of Queensland.

From her time in the industry, Chloe has gathered a wealth of knowledge about yacht charters, itineraries and perfect dive destinations along with guest/crew needs. Now spearheading the growth of our Yachtsmen International charter profile, she looks forward to securing clients their dream experiences onboard.

WENDY HUDSON

WENDY HUDSON

Contracts Administrator

With a degree in business management and marketing, Wendy joins the Yachtsmen International Team as the Contracts Administrator. Wendy has been a part of several new business developments and has a passion to see a business grow. She is skilled in systems development and business administration. Wendy has a love of the water and has enjoyed boating since a young age and is a fantastic asset to the team.

KERRY HIPGRAVE

KERRY HIPGRAVE

M/Y BROKER

Kerry specialises in client relations and is based in Cairns working across the following Yachtsmen International divisions: refit and service, yacht services, technical support, charter, brokerage and crew placement. She really enjoys having regular contact with the crew members aboard superyachts, helping them find quality solutions to all their luxury yacht needs.

Kerry is happiest on a boat out on the water either sailing, wakeboarding or water skiing. She enjoys running with her dog, having completed a couple half marathons and loves a good hit of social tennis. Kerry has been lucky enough to have lived and sailed for six years aboard small private sailing boats overseas, and worked for over seven years as a chief stewardess on superyachts around the globe. Her favourite adventurous trip was eight weeks spent up the Amazon River in Brazil.

JAMES HUMPHREYS

JAMES HUMPHREYS

M/Y BROKER

Growing up on a remote island in the South Pacific, James developed a strong passion for boating and being on the water from a young age. With over 10 years’ experience in tourism management, and having spent 4 years managing a Gold Coast based charter yacht company with a fleet of 4 Superyachts and a commercial Game Fishing Vessel, James has combined his business management degree with his passion for boating.

James has now joined the Yachtsmen team and with his extensive commercial charter knowledge, he offers a wealth of experience in Survey requirements, maintenance, refit and crewing. He prides himself on working closely with clients to understand their unique needs to provide them with the best outcome. James gives expert guidance in facilitating the sale of vessels and is dedicated to ensuring clients get the most out of their investment.

SAMUEL WALLER

SAMUEL WALLER

M/Y BROKER

With over 15 years of global experience within the superyacht industry on charter and private yachts, Sam brings a wealth of knowledge to the Yachtsmen International Team as a Sales Broker.

Sam has developed a strong passion for yachting through his experiences gained whilst extensively cruising the Mediterranean, Bahamas, Caribbean, USA, and the Pacific. After many years of being based in Europe and the USA, Sam has returned home to the Gold Coast.

His strong interpersonal skills, desire to exceed client expectations, knowledge, and passion for yachting industry are assets to any client looking to buy or sell a yacht.

TOBY GITSHAM

TOBY GITSHAM

Service & Refit Manager

Toby is an AMSA and MCA qualified superyacht captain and engineer who has logged over 250,000 nautical miles during his 22-year career – both internationally and domestically. He has captained yachts up to 45m, often in remote areas including Patagonia in Southern Chile and Argentina, and has spent a number of summers cruising the fjords in Norway.

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge to the Service and Refit department having been involved in many refits on various vessels over the years. He has an experienced eye for detail, is quick to trouble shoot issues and find cost effective solutions.

We are excited to welcome Toby to our team as Service & Refit Manager here at Yachtsmen International!

JULIAN THOMPSON

JULIAN THOMPSON

Shipwright

Julian’s career in the marine industry began many years ago, studying and working at Lloyds Ships and Norman Wright Shipyard in Brisbane, before moving to the Gold Coast. He is qualified in all aspects of marine craft construction, with up-to-date training that has seen him excel in the field.

He is a talented plug maker, and designer of new production boats for leading boat builders including Sunseeker and Riviera, along with many other well-known brands. His work has also seen him also develop and construct Australian title-winning boats for offshore racing.

Julian loves sport and game fishing, and several seasons as a deckhand in Cairns have allowed him to hone his skills during annual fishing events.

With strong attention to detail, and an understanding of the importance of quality and commitment to work being done, we are thrilled to introduce him as a new and integral member of the Yachtsmen Service and Refit Team.

Angus Raw

Angus Raw

Service & Refit

Angus is originally from South Africa and prior to moving to Australia recently, he was in the yachting industry for 11 years. He has been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and worked his way up the ladder to become a Captain/Engineer on 20-40m yachts.⁠
Angus prides himself on striving for the highest result in everything he does, with strong ambitions to build his proven skills. He has worked extremely hard throughout his yachting career both internationally and in South Africa in order to become an accomplished Engineer/Captain and certified Plumber, using this knowledge to initiate solutions and complete projects to specifications at the first attempt.⁠
We are excited to have Angus join us in our Yachtsmen International Service & Refit Team!
WILLIAM BUCKLE

WILLIAM BUCKLE

DETAILING & SERVICE SUPPORT

Growing up in Sydney, Will spent a lot of his childhood on or around the water. From a family of avid boaties, Will grew to love everything about the scene and water sports. A keen surfer, wakeboarder, fisherman and diver, Will enjoys as much free time as possible doing these activities.

Wills boat-specific technical background was formulated in 2 years abroad on MY Alfa Nero, working in a deck-role capacity in the med and Caribbean. This included 6 months of yard time, assisting contractors in all exterior projects including paint, teak, sika and rust work. Will went on to conduct a further year in the industry in Australia, working in a freelance refit role capacity, out of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland. Will has built a wide-range of skills and technical experience on a variety of vessels, and prides himself on executing tasks and projects to the highest standard

We are excited to have Will join us in our ever-expanding Yachtsmen Service & Refit Team!

DEBORAH RENDLE

DEBORAH RENDLE

MARKETING

Joining the Yachtsmen International team in a dedicated marketing role, Deborah has a degree in business and multiple digital marketing qualifications. Deborah is originally from Northern Ireland, loves to travel, and has a love of all things water-related. She grew up wakeboarding, kayaking and boating, and recently took up kite surfing lessons.

With marketing experience across a broad range of industries, she is a keen new member of the Yachtsmen International team and looks forward to growing with the company as a whole.

MELISSA HOWLETT

MELISSA HOWLETT

M/Y BROKER

Currently on Maternity Leave

Combining her experience as a superyacht Chief Stewardess, history in Sales Development and Client Liaison expertise through her own property management business, Melissa has joined the Yachtsmen Team as a Sales Broker.

She has had the opportunity to cruise the Bahamas and Mediterranean multiple times, cross the Atlantic Ocean, as well as travel down the West Coast of USA from Canada to Costa Rica. Creating memorable experiences for her guests while living life on the sea instilled her love and passion for the marine industry.

Originally from Sydney, Australia Melissa has been based on the Gold Coast since 2016. Her ability to build strong client relationships as well as her strong work ethic and desire to exceed expectations are assets to any client looking to buy or sell a yacht.

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