MEET THE JMS TEAM

Industry leading technical yacht managers

Your JMS Team

In an industry where everyone is jostling to offer you the same services, we believe focusing on the people behind those services and the ways in which they provide them is what really makes the difference. Let us introduce you to the specialists behind JMS.

Franc JANSEN

Franc JANSEN

JMS Founder & Director

Luca MASTROGIOVANNI

Luca MASTROGIOVANNI

Yacht Manager

James KIRBY

James KIRBY

Fleet Manager

Sophie DUDENEY

Sophie DUDENEY

Head of Accounts

Susan LESLIE

Susan LESLIE

Contract Manager

Sam THOMPSON

Sam THOMPSON

Director, Yacht Manager & Head of JMS Careers

Marco LO CICERO

Marco LO CICERO

Fleet Manager

Rachel FISHER

Rachel FISHER

Marketing Manager

Karolina ZMUDA

Karolina ZMUDA

Senior Accounts Assistant

Martina VAN DE GAUW

Martina VAN DE GAUW

Personal Assistant/Secretary

Rob PIJPER

Rob PIJPER

Director of Operations

Miquel SOLE REBULL

Miquel SOLE REBULL

Technical Manager

Carla SWAINE

Carla SWAINE

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

George PEACOCK

George PEACOCK

Yacht Accountant

Rick THOMAS

Rick THOMAS

President, JMS USA

Arne JANSSON

Arne JANSSON

Refit Manager

Sarah-Jane BELL

Sarah-Jane BELL

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

Harry PLESTED

Harry PLESTED

Accounts Assistant

Lucia BADANO

Lucia BADANO

Fleet Manager, DPA & Project Manager

Tom VANNIEUWENHUYSE

Tom VANNIEUWENHUYSE

Fleet Manager, DPA/CSO

Hannah DUFFY

Hannah DUFFY

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

Jerri MURTAGH

Jerri MURTAGH

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

Alex WAUGH

Alex WAUGH

Fleet Manager

Zoe BOLT-FALCONER

Zoe BOLT-FALCONER

Fleet Compliance Manager

Lisa STEELE

Lisa STEELE

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

Ayla PROMMEL

Ayla PROMMEL

Operations Assistant

Franc JANSEN

Franc JANSEN

JMS Founder & Director

Sam THOMPSON

Sam THOMPSON

Director, Yacht Manager & Head of JMS Crew

Rob PIJPER

Rob PIJPER

Director of Operations

Rick THOMAS

Rick THOMAS

President, JMS USA

Lucia BADANO

Lucia BADANO

Fleet Manager, DPA & Project Manager

Alex WAUGH

Alex WAUGH

Fleet Manager

Zoe BOLT-FALCONER

Zoe BOLT-FALCONER

Fleet Manager

Luca MASTROGIOVANNI

Luca MASTROGIOVANNI

Yacht Manager

Marco LO CICERO

Marco LO CICERO

Fleet Manager

Miquel SOLE REBULL

Miquel SOLE REBULL

Technical Manager

Arne JANSSON

Arne JANSSON

Refit Manager

Tom VANNIEUWENHUYSE

Tom VANNIEUWENHUYSE

Fleet Manager DPA/CSO

James KIRBY

James KIRBY

Fleet Manager

Rachel FISHER

Rachel FISHER

Marketing Manager

Carla SWAINE

Carla SWAINE

Recruitement Consultant JMS Crew

Hannah DUFFY

Hannah DUFFY

Recruitment Consultant JMS Careers

Jerri MURTAGH

Jerri MURTAGH

Recruitment Specialist

Sarah Jane BELL

Sarah Jane BELL

Recruitment Consultant

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele

Recruitment Consultant

Susan LESLIE

Susan LESLIE

Contract Manager

Sophie Dudeney

Sophie Dudeney

Head of Accounts

George Peacock

George Peacock

Yacht Accountant

Karolina Zmuda

Karolina Zmuda

Senior Accounts Assistant

Harry Plested

Harry Plested

Accounts Assistant

Martina VAN DE GAUW

Martina VAN DE GAUW

Personal Assistant/Secretary

Ayla PROMMEL

Ayla PROMMEL

Operations Assistant

Franc Jansen

Founder, Director & Fleet Manager

  • Experience: 30 Years.
  • Languages: English & Dutch
  • Certification: BSc (Maritime Sciences), MSc (Maintenance and Safety Management), CEng, MiMarES.

In his 30+ year career as a professional seafarer Franc has managed over 150 yachts including some of the largest and most iconic in the world: ECSTASEA and PELORUS.

A qualified Navigational Officer, Marine Engineer, Technical Manager and Class Surveyor and former Yacht Management Director with two of the industry’s leading providers, Franc is known and respected throughout the superyacht industry for his candour and client centric approach to Yacht Management.

One of the first to introduce commercial shipping discipline into yachting, he has worked with leading associations such as MYBA, PYA and SYBASS to negotiate, develop and implement regulations such as the MCA Large Yacht Code and the ILO MLC 2006 which have helped shape the future of this industry.

“The most technically qualified and experienced yacht operator I know!”

Theo HOONING SYBAss (Superyacht Builders’ Association)

In his 30+ year career as a professional seafarer Franc has managed over 150 yachts including some of the largest and most iconic in the world: ECSTASEA and PELORUS.

A qualified Navigational Officer, Marine Engineer, Technical Manager and Class Surveyor and former Yacht Management Director with two of the industry’s leading providers, Franc is known and respected throughout the superyacht industry for his candour and client centric approach to Yacht Management.

One of the first to introduce commercial shipping discipline into yachting, he has worked with leading associations such as MYBA, PYA and SYBASS to negotiate, develop and implement regulations such as the MCA Large Yacht Code and the ILO MLC 2006 which have helped shape the future of this industry.

“The most technically qualified and experienced yacht operator I know!”

Theo HOONING SYBAss (Superyacht Builders’ Association)

Proudest Professional Moment

Securing delivery of a yacht to the Owner in time for his family cruise, after he had been told that the shipyard couldn’t possibly finish it on time. It meant me having to cancel my holiday so I could be with the Captain 24/7.

But we pulled together a great crew and made it happen – the sea trials were being conducted on the way to meeting the Owner and his guests. I will never forget the look on the Owner’s face when he first saw his yacht. It was magnificent.

Professional Mantra

One person does one thing, one time (and records it once).

I hate inefficiency and pointless admin.

Whether you are working ashore or on the yacht, we share information in a clever way to avoid doubling up on work and wasting time rehashing information for reporting.

Biggest Professional Gripe

The lack of transparency in this industry. That’s why we go so far in the other direction – full transparency.

Our clients have 24/7 access to the bank accounts and book-keeping system we operate. They have access to all our records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our clients can see the good, the bad and the ugly. They see the problems and they see the way we solve them. It’s the foundation of trust!

Passions & Pastimes

BUILDING MOTORBIKES

“I get a real kick out of engineering, speed and being on the open road. Building classic motorbikes is the gift that keeps on giving. I have built a Café Racer from a 1981 Kawasaki and a Scrambler from a 1987 Moto Guzzi NX650. They’re beautiful. And living in the south of France there is no shortage of mountain roads, coast roads and perfect weather to be out there all the time. And I still manage to honour my wife’s wish to not buy another bike – I just buy the parts and build them instead!!”

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Sam Thompson

Commercial Director, Yacht Manager & Head of JMS Crew

  • Experience: 12 years (seagoing), 6 years Recruitment and Yacht Management (ashore).
  • Languages: English & French
  • Certification: Cert RP, Master 3000GT.

Sam began his yachting career back in 1994 working on an 80 metre (262 feet) yacht that led him on an epic adventure to Thailand. He hasn’t looked back since.

A qualified Master 3000GT he worked on six yachts including two new builds before moving on land to start a family and specialise in professional recruitment for the Oil & Gas industry and commercial shipping working with industry leaders such as Technip, Subsea 7, BP Shipping and Bibby Ship Management.

A passionate sailor, Sam is a much liked industry professional whose known ability for getting things done is respected by Owners and Captains.

“Sam has been a massive help with finding new crew. Any crew he placed with us have been exactly what we were looking for, and are all still on board well over 12 months later.”

Marc Van Loon 42m, M/Y CLICIA

Sam began his yachting career back in 1994 working on an 80 metre (262 feet) yacht that led him on an epic adventure to Thailand. He hasn’t looked back since.

A qualified Master 3000GT he worked on six yachts including two new builds before moving on land to start a family and specialise in professional recruitment for the Oil & Gas industry and commercial shipping working with industry leaders such as Technip, Subsea 7, BP Shipping and Bibby Ship Management.

A passionate sailor, Sam is a much liked industry professional whose known ability for getting things done is respected by Owners and Captains.

“Sam has been a massive help with finding new crew. Any crew he placed with us have been exactly what we were looking for, and are all still on board well over 12 months later.”

Marc Van Loon 42m, M/Y CLICIA

Proudest Professional Moment

The first time I realised that some advice I had passed onto a young crew member helped them to get to exactly where they wanted in their career. That was an extremely proud moment.

When I first joined this industry I got some great advice and guidance from a gentleman called Adrian J. Fisher. He was the reference in crew recruitment in those days, someone who certainly didn’t need to speak to a greenie like me, but he did, and it helped me understand what the whole industry is about.

So being in a position to be able to offer the sort of help and guidance dear old Adrian offered me, is gratifying to say the least.

Professional Mantra

I detest BS so I make sure I don’t deal in it. My biggest beef? Tell it like it is…life is so much simpler when we all know where we stand.

Biggest Professional Gripe

Sorry, but I have to say it…those Crew Agency cowboys who pollute our industry by just passing over crew CVs to Owners and Captains without as much as a reference check or interview. It makes my blood boil when I hear stories like that.

We, like all respectable Crew Agencies, are here to help Owners and Captains win valuable time and reduce the risk of high crew turnover by only presenting qualified, reference and certificate checked candidates, and in our case, candidates who we have also personality and character profiled to help ensure the maximum chance of successful integration. That’s how we earn our money and its how our clients end up saving theirs.

Passions & Pastimes

CRICKET, FAMILY & FRIENDS

I love cricket – watching and playing it. I notched up 220 runs ‘not out’ in a league game in the UK once…that’s something you will hear a lot more about I am sure, if we start working together. However since moving to the South of France I have limited opportunity to play these days, so I have reverted to my second passion in life and bought a very old motor boat which I take the family out on during the summer and spend all winter fixing. I spent a large part of my adult life crewing yachts, so passing on my enjoyment of the water to my kids and friends is just fun. For me a great weekend is to sail between the islands off Cannes, have a BBQ on board watching the sun go down with a glass of wine and swim with the sunrise in the morning. Perfect!“

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Rob Pijper

Director of Operations

  • Experience: 1 year in Yachting Management, 14 years in a Class Society, 13 years at sea 4 of which as Chief Engineer on commercial vessels.
  • Languages: English & Dutch

Rob Pijper, Fleet Manager, DPA & Director has been the senior surveyor for the whole port of Rotterdam. Thereafter, responsible for all field operations of Lloyd’s register.

He then worked as a Project Manager on the impressive conversion of the icebreaker “Legend” into a Superyacht. Rob has also developed a POLAR manual and worked on the refits of the 115m MY Pelorus and the 90m MY Dar.

Rob Pijper, Fleet Manager, DPA & Director has been the senior surveyor for the whole port of Rotterdam. Thereafter, responsible for all field operations of Lloyd’s register.

He then worked as a Project Manager on the impressive conversion of the icebreaker “Legend” into a Superyacht. Rob has also developed a POLAR manual and worked on the refits of the 115m MY Pelorus and the 90m MY Dar.

Proudest Professional Moment

I started my professional life as an Engineer, and once reached the position of Chief Engineer I decided to go ashore to become a surveyor/auditor for a class society. I worked for that class society for 14 years and when I left I was North Europe operations manager; being educated as engineer, I was proud of such an achievement. Moreover during my farewell party I was given as a gift a picture book of the last 14 years including lots of very positive personal notes. Clients and colleagues were complementing on the always positive and problem solving approach I had. Some even referred that I had a positive influence on their career and personal life.

Professional Mantra

Problems and challenges are there to be solved. Let’s not avoid them but find answers and tackle them.

Biggest Professional Gripe

That will be bureaucracy in whatever form or shape. The best way to describe bureaucracy is mentioned in a phrase of the tv program “Little Britain”; computer says no! I will always be eager to find the “yes”.

Passions & Pastimes

DIY – Skiing & Sailing

1. Resetting my mind doing maintenance work on old furniture or old houses.
2. Skiing during the winter months, enjoying the beautiful scenery.
3. Sailing on small open boats.

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Rick Thomas

President, JMS USA

  • Experience: Over 36 years in the superyacht industry
JMS are delighted to introduce you to Rick Thomas, President JMS Yachting USA

After the recent opening of our first office in the USA, we can think of no one better to run the operation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida than Rick.

Rick brings with him over 36 years of experience in the superyacht industry in Florida and worldwide. Back in 1986 Rick founded Nautical Structures which grew into one of the most respected technical and innovative companies within our industry.

Rick is passionate about the ocean and dedicates much of his spare time to organisations such as The International Seakeepers Society that promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community. Rick has also been involved with the International Superyacht Society (ISS) for many years and is currently a Director there. But Rick’s real passion is diving.

Rick’s longevity in the industry and technical knowledge will be of huge benefit to Owners and Captains in the USA.

Dear Rick,
Thanks for meeting with me and sharing the exciting news about you joining JMS Yachting.
What a great opportunity for JMS to have you at the helm of there US operation. With your passion and knowledge of the business and connections in the industry I am sure JMS USA will be a total success.
I look forward to working with you and JMS Yachting USA

All the Best,
Ted McCumber
Managing Director
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FEADSHIP America

Watch out for Rick visiting a facility near you in the Florida region soon!

JMS are delighted to introduce you to Rick Thomas, President JMS Yachting USA

After the recent opening of our first office in the USA, we can think of no one better to run the operation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida than Rick.

Rick brings with him over 36 years of experience in the superyacht industry in Florida and worldwide. Back in 1986 Rick founded Nautical Structures which grew into one of the most respected technical and innovative companies within our industry.

Rick is passionate about the ocean and dedicates much of his spare time to organisations such as The International Seakeepers Society that promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community. Rick has also been involved with the International Superyacht Society (ISS) for many years and is currently a Director there. But Rick’s real passion is diving.

Rick’s longevity in the industry and technical knowledge will be of huge benefit to Owners and Captains in the USA.

Dear Rick,
Thanks for meeting with me and sharing the exciting news about you joining JMS Yachting.
What a great opportunity for JMS to have you at the helm of there US operation. With your passion and knowledge of the business and connections in the industry I am sure JMS USA will be a total success.
I look forward to working with you and JMS Yachting USA

All the Best,
Ted McCumber
Managing Director
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FEADSHIP America

Watch out for Rick visiting a facility near you in the Florida region soon!

Passions & Pastimes

Rick is passionate about the ocean and dedicates much of his spare time to organisations such as The International Seakeepers Society that promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community. Rick has also been involved with the International Superyacht Society (ISS) for many years and is currently a Director there. But Rick’s real passion is diving.

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Alex Waugh

Fleet Manager

  • Experience: 40+
  • Languages: English & French
  • Certification: Master 3000GT, Marine Survey, ISM, ISPS

For Alex the moment he saw a yacht sailing into Nantucket he knew he was destined for the sea, scroll on 45 years and it is still his passion, joy and life. Throughout these four decades he has worked, first as Crew and then as Captain, on vessels ranging from 52-75 metres.

His commands have taken him to the Caribbean, England, Holland, the Baltic Sea and St. Petersburg as well as throughout the Mediterranean Sea.

During these 45 years he has been involved in overseeing major projects and refits which then led to a degree in Marine Surveying.

His proudest achievement was being the Master of the 56 metre Feadship RIO RITA for 23 years, sailing extensively each year in Greek Waters.

As a member of the JMS Team Alex will be continuing his Maritime journey and passing on all his years of experience to Clients, Captains and Crew.

Rob has had a seagoing career as a Marine Engineer during his younger years. He finally came ashore with Lloyds Register as a surveyor and auditor. He then overtook the position as a Senior Surveyor for the very busy Port of Rotterdam. Later on, he became a Field Operations Manager in charge of the whole Western Area of Lloyds Register. Rob since then has worked as a Project Manager on the rather impressive conversion of the icebreaker, ‘Legend’ into a Super Yacht.

Rob has moved from the Netherlands to Palma to run the JMS Palma Office. His strong technical background and his regulatory experience will be an asset to us as a team. Alongside his professionalism, his easy-going manner and his eagerness to start means he will fit perfectly into our ever-growing team.

In his spare time, when Rob is not DIY-ing, he likes sailing dinghies in the summer, and to ski in the winter.

“Rob’s dedication and drive supported me and my team greatly. He upgraded our ISM system, developed our Polar manual, ensured compliance to the ballast convention and assisted with various technical issues. In short, a great support to us with all our Technical, Class and Flag challenges.”

Jan Verkerk, CEO Unlimited Yacht Charter – Owner of M.Y. Legend & M.Y. Sherakhan.

Proudest Professional Moment

Seeing crew who I have mentored find fulfillment in their yachting careers and now commanding their own Yachts.

Professional Mantra

Panta Rhei – Heraclitus c. 535 – 475 BC

Biggest Professional Gripe

Listening to people who gripe about “crew problems”. We all have had issues with crew from time to time but I always felt that developing a strong team is a skill that needs to be taught and with time and patience we can really get the best crew for our owners.

Passions & Pastimes

Gardening

Okay, okay!! Before you put me in a box, read on.

The Challenge – At least once a year I find myself at the top of a 15 metre ladder pruning two long terraced 15-17 metre cedar hedges

The Art – The creation through landscaping of something unique that expresses my sense of order. The sculpting of yesteryear’s fronds to present a flourishing bouquet of new growth on my 6 metre Mediterranean palm. The mixing of colours, sizes & timing of blooms to maintain a continual year-round flowering.

The Harvest – Whether lemons, olives, tomatoes, fresh herbs or flowers; the pride felt for something you have nurtured.

Nature’s Rewards – A stabilizing, cleansing, nourishing clearing of the mind. Tranquility & appreciation by self and others of a job well done. “Tending one’s own garden is not only a private activity but also productive.” – Voltaire 1759

Much of the above is also attributable to my other great passion; SAILING

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Rachel Fisher

Marketing Manager

  • Experience: 5 years 
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian & Spanish

Rachel is half Australian and half Scottish with a Joint Bachelor Degree in Russian and Business & Management. She grew up in France until moving to England for her universities studies. Over the summer holidays, Rachel was a stewardess on a Sunseeker yacht in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

Since the completion of her degree, she has worked in various jurisdictions for a corporate group in Mauritius, she then spent 5 years working for a private real estate fund in Australia before moving back to France working in the event industry in Monaco. Fluent in English, French and Italian with a intermediate level in Russian, Rachel enjoys travelling, experiencing new adventures and snowboarding.

JMS aims to be the first choice service to super yacht owners through excellent customer service, innovation, quality and honesty. Rachel’s approach is based on her commitment to think outside the box whilst focusing on the needs and perceptions of international customers.

“We were based in St Jean Cap Ferrat and needed an extra pair of hands on our Sunseeker yacht and Rachel proved to be the perfect answer. We had guests pretty much every weekend throughout the summer for about three years and Rachel assisted us in every part of the boat life. She is totally trustworthy, hardworking and willing to turn her hand to anything.”

Fiona Shaw MY Fizz

Rachel is half Australian and half Scottish with a Joint Bachelor Degree in Russian and Business & Management. She grew up in France until moving to England for her universities studies. Over the summer holidays, Rachel was a stewardess on a Sunseeker yacht in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

Since the completion of her degree, she has worked in various jurisdictions for a corporate group in Mauritius, she then spent 5 years working for a private real estate fund in Australia before moving back to France working in the event industry in Monaco. Fluent in English, French and Italian with a intermediate level in Russian, Rachel enjoys travelling, experiencing new adventures and snowboarding.

JMS aims to be the first choice service to super yacht owners through excellent customer service, innovation, quality and honesty. Rachel’s approach is based on her commitment to think outside the box whilst focusing on the needs and perceptions of international customers.

“We were based in St Jean Cap Ferrat and needed an extra pair of hands on our Sunseeker yacht and Rachel proved to be the perfect answer. We had guests pretty much every weekend throughout the summer for about three years and Rachel assisted us in every part of the boat life. She is totally trustworthy, hardworking and willing to turn her hand to anything."

Fiona Shaw MY Fizz

Proudest Professional Moment

I used to be a Property Manager in Sydney managing commercial assets. A couple of tenants brought a bottle of Champagne as a Christmas gift. The owner heard the tenants coming into the office and he was astounded as it had never happened in his 30 + years of experience. It proved that issues can always be positively resolved when you have the right state of mind. It is all about your attitude and putting yourself in other’s people shoes.

Professional Mantra

When there is a will, there is a way. Determination brings you to the top. It may take time but you will eventually get there as the road to success is always under construction.

Biggest Professional Gripe

Feeling superior because of a status. I truly dislike professionals who feel they can disrespect or take advantage of someone simply because of a title. Working as a team and being humble are crucial elements for long-term success, maintaining relationships and coming up with creative ideas.

Passions & Pastimes

SPORTS AND NATURE

“I adore snowboarding and the fresh mountain air: it teaches me to get up when I fall, literally and metaphorically. The panorama of the snow and mountains with a blue sky gives me a greater respect and appreciation of nature. In addition, I enjoy riding my motorbike along the coast and in the mountains, it allows me the freedom to explore and gaze at stunning viewpoints. Lastly, I have a soft spot for sports cars: the sound, the sensation and the speed. There is a certain feeling that can only be experienced racing for the first time on a track. I am grateful to experience these adventures in such beautiful areas.”

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Sophie DUDENEY

Head of Accounts

Certification: Master UK Degree in International Accounting Finance Strategy; BA (English Literature); Business & Management qualification: ACCA qualification.
Experience: 4 years of Business Management; 10 years Accounting & Finance.
Languages: English and Chinese.

Born and bred in Anhui province, China, Sophie has visited and studied in more than 20 countries and currently holds both a BA English Literature degree from China and an MSC International Accounting Finance and Strategy degree from the UK.

With a background in International Project Management, she was responsible for EU-China Intergovernmental Business Relations initiatives and played a key role in facilitating the work of global educational teams and multi-national recruitment teams between China and the UK. Sophie is the powerhouse behind JMS client yacht accounting, bookkeeping and budget management.

She takes care of yacht bank accounts, manages Crew credit cards, Invoice verifications and payments, currency transfers and all monthly, quarterly and annual reporting.

“The financial management and reporting on our yacht has never been this accurate and on point as it is today with JMS. ”

Captain Luke 50m Feadship

Born and bred in Anhui province, China, Sophie has visited and studied in more than 20 countries and currently holds both a BA English Literature degree from China and an MSC International Accounting Finance and Strategy degree from the UK.

With a background in International Project Management, she was responsible for EU-China Intergovernmental Business Relations initiatives and played a key role in facilitating the work of global educational teams and multi-national recruitment teams between China and the UK. Sophie is the powerhouse behind JMS client yacht accounting, bookkeeping and budget management.

She takes care of Yacht Bank Accounts, manages Crew credit cards, Invoice verifications and payments, currency transfers and all monthly, quarterly and annual reporting.

“The financial management and reporting on our yacht has never been this accurate and on point as it is today with JMS. ”

Captain Luke 50m Feadship

Proudest Professional Moment

Being able to apply my financial strategy management for the benefit of our owners, captains and their yachts.

Professional Mantra

Success and reward starts with always paying attention to the detail.

Biggest Professional Gripe

When companies are not upfront with people!

Passions & Pastimes

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY

“I love travelling and singing, and I love the Gym – a one hour workout every day keeps me in good physical and mental shape, but I guess I have a real passion for Chinese Calligraphy. I practise it twice a week with a big brush and black ink on the traditional bamboo or Xuan paper. One year I came first in a competition out of 900 works from 30 different Chinese provinces. They elected me as Vice Chairperson of the Chinese Calligraphy Society in 2007. In China, calligraphy holds a distinguished position in the field of traditional art. It is not only seen as a means of communication, but a way of expressing your inner world in a very aesthetic sense. They say calligraphy is like a mirror – a silent reflection of the soul.”

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Carla Swaine

Recruitment Consultant JMS CREW

  • Experience: 20+
  • Languages: English

A real ‘people’ person with an acute eye for detail, Carla has over 20 years’ experience in luxury hospitality and yachting. From growing up on the island of Guernsey, UK and spending time on her family’s boat she moved to the UK where she trained and worked as a Beauty Therapist.

Carla then went on to work at Harvey Nichols’ flagship store in London and at Your Sanctuary 5* Day Spa in Sydney, Australia before spending 11 years with a London Yacht Brokerage firm. When she moved to Brighton and started working at an IT Recruitment company her talents were quickly spotted and she was duly head-hunted by JMS Crew.

A much-liked and energetic member of the team, Carla’s exceptional profiling skills together with her attention to detail and acute sense of organisation ensure Owners and Captains save time in interviewing only those candidates that fit.

“We had a big crew change recently and both Carla and Sam have been a massive help with finding new crew. Any crew they placed with us have been exactly what we were looking for, and are all still on board almost 12 months later. Carla is a pleasure to deal with, she is always upbeat, friendly and has a positive outlook.”

Marc Van Loon M/Y CLICIA

A real ‘people’ person with an acute eye for detail, Carla has over 20 years’ experience in luxury hospitality and yachting. From growing up on the island of Guernsey, UK and spending time on her family’s boat she moved to the UK where she trained and worked as a Beauty Therapist.

Carla then went on to work at Harvey Nichols’ flagship store in London and at Your Sanctuary 5* Day Spa in Sydney, Australia before spending 11 years with a London Yacht Brokerage firm. When she moved to Brighton and started working at an IT Recruitment company her talents were quickly spotted and she was duly head-hunted by JMS Crew.

A much-liked and energetic member of the team, Carla’s exceptional profiling skills together with her attention to detail and acute sense of organisation ensure Owners and Captains save time in interviewing only those candidates that fit.

“We had a big crew change recently and both Carla and Sam have been a massive help with finding new crew. Any crew they placed with us have been exactly what we were looking for, and are all still on board almost 12 months later. Carla is a pleasure to deal with, she is always upbeat, friendly and has a positive outlook.”

Marc Van Loon M/Y CLICIA

Proudest Professional Moment

When I was working at my last yacht company I was told by an Owner that I was the friendliest receptionist in yachting! I was pretty pleased with that.

Professional Mantra

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Biggest Professional Gripe

Bad manners in general! I have been in the service industry for my whole life and it takes nothing to be kind and smile, even if you don’t really feel like it. People won’t remember what you said as much but will remember how you made them feel.

Passions & Pastimes

UPCYCLING

“Two of my favourite pastimes are taking my little Yorkie-Poo for walks on the Sussex Downs (although to be honest she often takes me for walks! I have no idea where she gets her energy from!) and upcycling furniture and ornaments. When I moved house I got fed up looking at characterless new furniture so I decided to seek out antique and second-hand furniture and upcycle it into exactly the style and colour I wanted. I’ve been hooked ever since. At weekends you’ll often find me in local second-hand shops looking for bits of furniture to do up! In fact, I was probably inspired by my mum – I have a silver trophy at home that I was awarded during my hairdressing days and my mum turned it into a vase!!!”

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Martina Van de Gauw

Personal Assistant/Secretary

  • Experience: 20+
  • Languages: English, French & Dutch
  • Certifications: Masters in Anthropology/Pedagogics

Martina is the ultimate multi-tasking centre at JMS. Fluent in three languages and educated at an International School in the Netherlands, her unique skillset, character and experience has benefited a number of multi-national companies including British Telecom, HP and ING.

Today, it’s at JMS where Martina really gets to juggle the excellence, working on everything from translations, logistics, administration and planning for the considerable amount of travel required by JMS Yacht Managers and Directors.

Martina is the ultimate multi-tasking centre at JMS. Fluent in three languages and educated at an International School in the Netherlands, her unique skillset, character and experience has benefited a number of multi-national companies including British Telecom, HP and ING.

Today, it’s at JMS where Martina really gets to juggle the excellence, working on everything from translations, logistics, administration and planning for the considerable amount of travel required by JMS Yacht Managers and Directors.

Proudest Professional Moment

“You might expect me to come up with something from the big corporate days, but honestly I think it has to be working with Franc setting up JMS in what was then a small basement office opposite a bakery. There were some amazing hurdles to get over but the beauty of it was always having a fresh croissant on our doorstep every morning!”

Professional Mantra

“Orange is the new Black. I love Orange, I love Holland – I am even proud to wear an orange dress from time to time 😉”

Biggest Professional Gripe

Driving to Monaco and getting a fine for fast driving??!!

🙃….but thats not what you mean by a prof gripe I guess, lol.

Well, French Administration really annoys me, but that’s part of my job.

Passions & Pastimes

CANYONING

“If it keeps me fit and it’s outdoors then I love it – running, mountain biking, swimming and especially canyoning. And where we live in the South of France there are some fantastic places to go canyoning. Real adrenaline rush stuff. “I guess what thrills me, what makes me feel alive is being out there in it with nature and people and different cultures, different languages. That’s the variety of life. The fun of it. I recently bought a house in a little village down here in the South of France and I love it, the countryside around us, the beaches, the nature and we are right next to the most amazing ice-cream shop in the world. Dee-lish!”

Arne Jansson

Refit Manager

  • Experience: 20 years yachting
  • Languages: English, Swedish
  • Certifications: Masters ticket

After a few years cruising on my own yacht, I ended up getting more involved in the professional scene after I found my skills be useful for owners using their yachts for racing and cruising in warmer places.

From there on working with owners and their representatives from sail racing in the Caribbean to dinner cruises in New York harbour, with my keen interest in travel and different cultures also had a chance to help to plan and perform their excursions to numerous new and old yacht destinations world wide.

After receiving my Masters ticket at the beginning of 2000, I have been working as a Captain mostly on motor yachts from 45 to 70 m with extensive cruising in all the corners of the Mediterranean in pursuit of the perfect place to visit by boat.

Always looking out for new destinations and open to modern solutions on board to improve the experience for owners and work routines and safety for crew.

Now with my recent relocation to Mallorca I enjoy settling in to the local flavours and in search of new scenery on foot or biking with friends.

After a few years cruising on my own yacht, I ended up getting more involved in the professional scene after I found my skills be useful for owners using their yachts for racing and cruising in warmer places.

From there on working with owners and their representatives from sail racing in the Caribbean to dinner cruises in New York harbour, with my keen interest in travel and different cultures also had a chance to help to plan and perform their excursions to numerous new and old yacht destinations world wide.

After receiving my Masters ticket at the beginning of 2000, I have been working as a Captain mostly on motor yachts from 45 to 70 m with extensive cruising in all the corners of the Mediterranean in pursuit of the perfect place to visit by boat.

Always looking out for new destinations and open to modern solutions on board to improve the experience for owners and work routines and safety for crew.

Now with my recent relocation to Mallorca I enjoy settling in to the local flavours and in search of new scenery on foot or biking with friends.

Proudest Professional Moment

Arriving to our destination in the Caspian Sea being the first super yacht transiting Rostok- Volga canal. .

Professional Mantra

Trying to anticipate harder before helps your stress levels later

Biggest Professional Gripe

Lack of communication in any organisation or team causing misunderstandings and frustration

Jerri Murtagh

Recruitment Specialist

  • Experience: 2 Years
  • Languages: English, Spanish

Originally from Newcastle, Jerri holds a degree in Public Relations. Her experience spans across a wide range of sectors, specifically within the luxury goods, sports and travel industry. Jerri was the marketing manager at Newcastle United for five years, before moving into the yachting industry in 2017 where she worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager for a yacht brokerage and management firm. Following a relocation to Cheshire, she then worked as Business Development Manager for a yacht accounting software company.

In addition to her full time roles, Jerri also established a bridal wear boutique, which she sold in 2018, in addition to a concierge company specialising in luxury jewellery and watches, travel and designer handbags.

In her spare time, Jerri enjoys horse riding and spending time in the Lake District on her family’s boat in Windermere.

Originally from Newcastle, Jerri holds a degree in Public Relations. Her experience spans across a wide range of sectors, specifically within the luxury goods, sports and travel industry. Jerri was the marketing manager at Newcastle United for five years, before moving into the yachting industry in 2017 where she worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager for a yacht brokerage and management firm. Following a relocation to Cheshire, she then worked as Business Development Manager for a yacht accounting software company.

In addition to her full time roles, Jerri also established a bridal wear boutique, which she sold in 2018, in addition to a concierge company specialising in luxury jewellery and watches, travel and designer handbags.

In her spare time, Jerri enjoys horse riding and spending time in the Lake District on her family’s boat in Windermere.

Proudest Professional Moment

“Managing to co-ordinate the press interviews of a team of Premier League footballers!! ”

Professional Mantra

“Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it. ”

Biggest Professional Gripe

Companies that overpromise and under-deliver.

Passions & Pastimes

HORSE RIDING

“I didn’t start riding until I was 23 but once I started, I couldn’t stop. I quickly bought my first horse, which subsequently resulted in a (very unplanned) foal that I reared for six months before he went on to be trained as a showjumper. I then purchased an eventing horse who taught me dressage and how to jump. Unfortunately, he retired a few years back but I’m hoping to purchase another one soon. ”

Lucia Badano

Fleet Manager, DPA & Project Manager (refit + new construction)

    • Experience: 20+ Years
    • Languages: Italian, English, German & Spanish
    • Certificates: Naval Architect with certification in ISM, ISPS, MLC, Environmental

Lucia has worked most of her career in the yachting environment. As surveyor for RINA, Lloyds’ Register, Cayman Island and Isle of Man she dealt with all you can imagine in our business. From Plan Approval to new construction surveyor and existing ship surveyor.

To ensure her experience wasn´t solely yachts she has also worked for one year as super intendant for a bulker company in Italy. A lot of the world yachts are sailing around with her knowledge. From MY Serene to the new construction of SY Black Pearl, MY DAR and many more.

Lucia has worked most of her career in the yachting environment. As surveyor for RINA, Lloyds’ Register, Cayman Island and Isle of Man she dealt with all you can imagine in our business. From Plan Approval to new construction surveyor and existing ship surveyor.

To ensure her experience wasn’t solely yachts she has also worked for one year as super intendant for a bulker company in Italy. A lot of the world yachts are sailing around with her knowledge. From MY Serene to the new construction of SY Black Pearl, MY DAR and many more.

Passions & Pastimes

SPEED

“Speed, being it motorcycles, skiing or cars… my passion is to feel the power to accelerate and get rid of the rest… Downhill from the slopes or driving up a mountain in the curves. On the other hand, I love my peace and rest. Working in my garden or cuddling my cats.”

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Luca Mastrogiovanni

Yacht Manager

    • Experience: 14 years
    • Languages: Italian, English and French
Luca has over 14 years’ experience in refit project management and the yachting industry. Some of his impressive projects involved the management of MY Invictus, My Lumiere, SY M5 and many more!

Fluent in English, French and Italian, Luca has a strong interest in sustainability and innovation. In the past, Luca was a Captain Engineer on MY Noga and MY Sabbia which included a wide range of responsibilities such as defining the right type of vessel and shipyard, supervising the construction including the commissioning and technical acceptance and in charge of the technical decisions.

Outside of work, Luca is a thrill seeker racing motorbikes on tracks!

Luca has over 14 years’ experience in refit project management and the yachting industry. Some of his impressive projects involved the management of MY Invictus, My Lumiere, SY M5 and many more!

Fluent in English, French and Italian, Luca has a strong interest in sustainability and innovation. In the past, Luca was a Captain Engineer on MY Noga and MY Sabbia which included a wide range of responsibilities such as defining the right type of vessel and shipyard, supervising the construction including the commissioning and technical acceptance and in charge of the technical decisions.

Outside of work, Luca is a thrill seeker racing motorbikes on tracks!

Proudest Professional Moment

When NOGA, a Nauta Air 100’ built by Cantiere delle Marche, was launched after 2,5 years of construction. That moment represents all efforts, passion and challenges reward. Many others came while I was Captain of this yacht!

Professional Mantra

Memento Audere Semper – Gabriele D’Annunzio, 1918

Biggest Professional Gripe

 The lack of respect.
Everyone deserves respect regardless of his role or status.

Passions & Pastimes

Motorbike racing on track, Dog training and Hard Hard Rock Music!

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Tom Vannieuwenhuyse

Fleet Manager DPA/CSO

    • Experience: 11 years SEAGOING
    • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Flemish (Dutch)
Tom sailed for 11 years from deckhand up to Captain on several yachts. He brings a wealth of practical experience with him from the industry.

Most recently, Tom was the Captain on MY North Star and has proven to be skilful, full of humour a nice person to work with.

JMS are delighted to welcome Tom on board.

Tom sailed for 11 years from deckhand up to Captain on several yachts. He brings a wealth of practical experience with him from the industry.

Most recently, Tom was the Captain on MY North Star and has proven to be skilful, full of humour a nice person to work with.

JMS are delighted to welcome Tom on board.

Proudest Professional Moment

I was promoted to Captain on a 65m MY at the age of 37, and it was with shaking legs that only a few weeks after that I told the owners that what their yacht really needed was an expensive and comprehensive 10 month refit. During the whole yard period, they never questioned my judgement and, although very challenging both in terms of budget and time, the refit was a great success. To see their smiles during the following season and to know that I had contributed to their happiness as a family was a priceless reward.

Professional Mantra

No matter how much money, you cannot buy time. In yachting we are entrusted with the owners’ and their families most valuable good, their quality time, and it is our job to try and make sure nothing interferes with that.

Biggest Professional Gripe

 “But that is how we have always done it!”

Passions & Pastimes

Cycling: The more hills the better, and I like to go up, not down. Mallorca offers some incredible scenery to cycle through with numerous places to stop for some tapas in between.

Sailing: I have been sailing since before I could walk, something my whole family was introduced to by my father. I have countless memories of cruising on our small yacht in Holland and that is where it all started for me.

Hiking: I love being outdoors and being far away from it all. If I can light a bbq at the end of the day, even better!

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Hannah Duffy

Crew Recruitment

    • Experience: Yachting – 5 years
    • Languages: English

Born and raised in London, her teenagers years were spent working in high end London venues working amongst a family run hospitality team.

After sixth form she left to start her yachting journey which began in Palma. After several satisfying years of working her way up to second stew, Hannah decided to make the transition to land life.

Having always been a massive people person, with a heavy work ethic, Hannah is keen to still be linked to yachting by placing crew but is happy she won’t have to take another sea sickness tablet!

Born and raised in London, her teenagers years were spent working in high end London venues working amongst a family run hospitality team.

After sixth form she left to start her yachting journey which began in Palma. After several satisfying years of working her way up to second stew, Hannah decided to make the transition to land life.

Having always been a massive people person, with a heavy work ethic, Hannah is keen to still be linked to yachting by placing crew but is happy she won’t have to take another sea sickness tablet!

Proudest Professional Moment

When the owner heard that I had resigned after a few years on board, I was asked to work in the UK setting up an estate for the family. An owner recognising my high standards and professionalism- I was thrilled!

Professional Mantra

Don’t wish for it, work for it.

Biggest Professional Gripe

 Ego’s and bad customer service. No thank you!

Passions & Pastimes

TRAVEL, MY FURBABY

“Did you know there’s girls out there that serve drinks on yachts and travel the world”. Moments later I had booked my STCW and left for Palma.

Whether it was swiffering a window looking out onto the ocean, stepping off on a fuel dock, or getting some down time in some really cool places, it all added to the global tick list and I loved that! It was also important for me to do some independent travelling so me and my partner bought a campervan (sleeping in another small space) to see some new sights and then booked some flights to Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Years later after the travel bug calmed down, I acquired a fury son, named Biggie (yes after Biggie Smalls) and I am absolutely obsessed with him!

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Lisa STEELE

Crew Recruitment

    • Experience: Yachting – 7 years
    • Languages: English
Lisa grew up on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. She spent her youth exploring the nature and oceans NZ has to offer. 

Lisa graduated university with a Bachelor in Business and went on to work for NZ leading magazine distributor.  After a few years Lisa decided it was time to explore the world and went to enjoy the winter working in the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a lift attendant on a ski hill. 

She then flew onto London where she worked as a marketing executive for a publishing company for 3 years, while travelling throughout Europe whenever she could get the chance. 

Lisa’s love of travel then took her onto the superyachts where she had a successful career working onboard a range of different superyachts, private and charter. Lisa spent her last few years onboard working as a chief stewardess, a position that she loved, she has now made her transition to land and is excited to use her experience to continue working in the industry as a Recruitment Consultant.

Lisa grew up on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. She spent her youth exploring the nature and oceans NZ has to offer. 

Lisa graduated university with a Bachelor in Business and went on to work for NZ leading magazine distributor.  After a few years Lisa decided it was time to explore the world and went to enjoy the winter working in the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a lift attendant on a ski hill. 

She then flew onto London where she worked as a marketing executive for a publishing company for 3 years, while travelling throughout Europe whenever she could get the chance. 

Lisa’s love of travel then took her onto the superyachts where she had a successful career working onboard a range of different superyachts, private and charter. Lisa spent her last few years onboard working as a chief stewardess, a position that she loved, she has now made her transition to land and is excited to use her experience to continue working in the industry as a Recruitment Consultant.

Proudest Professional Moment

One of greatest accomplishments was when I progressed in my yachting career and became a chief stewardess, a goal that I had from the beginning of my yachting career.  The experience that I obtained from my yacht jobs prior to becoming a chief stew really helped me to understand what was needed to become a good chief stew, as well as learning how to problem solve and keep my team motivated and happy.  

Professional Mantra

Your decisions today define your tomorrow

Biggest Professional Gripe

 Bad communication and people not doing what they say they will

Passions & Pastimes

YOGA, TRAVEL, FAMILY & FRIENDS

I love yoga – so much so  I am a qualified yoga instructor in Vinyasa and Prenatal yoga. I used to teach yoga to guests onboard in the most beautiful places around the world.

Travel! I love travelling around the world and exploring new places and cultures, as well as experiencing and trying all the different foods each place has to offer.

Spending time with my family and friends – One of my favourite things to do is spend time with my husband and our baby girl who is 8months old! We love to play games, enjoy the sun and enjoy good food together.

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Zoe Bolt-Falconer

Fleet Compliance Manager

    • Experience: 10 years (Offshore)
    • Languages: English & Dutch
I went to sea when I was 18 as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer Cadet. I spent 10 years at sea, working up to C/Off and SDPO and this was all in the offshore industry.

I was probably one of the first woman to gain an unlimited DPO certificate. I have worked on many different vessels: supply, survey, DSV, cable layers, salvage and flotels and for companies such as Stolt Offshore (now Subsea 7), Smit International and Prosafe.

In 2003 I came ashore and moved to The Netherlands. For the last 17 years I have worked in QSHE Dept for two Dutch Shipping companies, these being general cargo vessels. I was DPA, CSO and carried out the usual tasks related to this function: internal audits – vessels and office, ISM, ISPS, MLC , implementation of international and national regulations, accident investigation and more!

I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career with JMS and look forward to meeting you all soon.

I went to sea when I was 18 as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer Cadet. I spent 10 years at sea, working up to C/Off and SDPO and this was all in the offshore industry.

I was probably one of the first woman to gain an unlimited DPO certificate. I have worked on different vessels: supply, survey, DSV, cable layers, salvage and flotels and for companies such as Stolt Offshore (now Subsea 7), Smit International and Prosafe.

In 2003 I came ashore and moved to The Netherlands. For the last 17 years I have worked in QSHE Dept for two Dutch Shipping companies, these being general cargo vessels. I was DPA, CSO and carried out the usual tasks related to this function: internal audits – vessels and office, ISM, ISPS, MLC , implementation of international and national regulations, accident investigation and more!

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Miquel Sole Rebull

Technical Manager

    • Experience: 10 years in maritime industry
    • Languages: English, Catalan, French and Spanish. Miquel also has a fair understanding of Dutch

Born in Cambrils in Catalonia Miquel is currently living in the beautiful Tarragona area.

Miquel brings with him and incredible level of hands-on technical knowledge and a long list of academic qualifications; with two bachelor’s degrees: in Ship Systems & Propulsion, and in Nautical Science.  In addition, Miquel also has two master’s degrees in Marine Engineering and in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering.

His passion for the sea began at a very young age. Miquel started sailing on a small single-handed dinghy (Optimist) when he was only 8 years old. He then moved to the vaurien class. Miquel has been in many ranks and positions both onboard and ashore. From Cadet to Technical Superintendent. His first position on board was on a fishing trawler as a deckhand. A lot of hard work but rewarding!

Well-travelled, Miquel has cruised the Med, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, the North Sea, the Guld of Mexico, the Black Sea and the Japan sea. His favourite spot is the Marina port Tarraco, the unknown pearl of the Mediterranean Sea.

Born in Cambrils in Catalonia Miquel is currently living in the beautiful Tarragona area.

Miquel brings with him and incredible level of hands-on technical knowledge and a long list of academic qualifications; with two bachelor’s degrees: in Ship Systems & Propulsion, and in Nautical Science.  In addition, Miquel also has two master’s degrees in Marine Engineering and in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering.

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Marco Lo Cicero

Fleet Manager

    • Experience: 20+ years in maritime industry
    • Languages: Italian, English, basic French

Born in Palermo, fluent in English, French, Italian, Marco started his career in the Coast Guard and then moved to yachts. His first position on board a yacht was as a Chief Engineer at 18 when he joined the Coast Guard moving through the ranks, he also worked as a Captain and deck officer on various yachts.

A very qualified technical manager holding a BTEC in Maritime Studies for Master of Merchant ships, a Certificate of Naval Engineer issued by Italian Ministry of Transport and limited to 500Hp, a UK COC Master 200GT IMO STCW 95 (MCA), a UK COC Officer of the Watch 3000GT (MCA), a MLC 2006, NTVRP & NPDES Training, a HazMat Expert Certification issued by RINA and an ISM- ISO Internal Auditor. Impressive!

On shore, Marco has also been a DPA, CSO, a Technical Manager and Project Manager. In the last 4 years, he has been a freelance project manager accomplishing impressive refits.

Marco is very self disciplined and determined person who made his career and achieved his knowledge based on his personal experience from the Coast Guard.

Born in Palermo, fluent in English, French, Italian, Marco started his career in the Coast Guard and then moved to yachts. His first position on board a yacht was as a Chief Engineer at 18 when he joined the Coast Guard moving through the ranks, he also worked as a Captain and deck officer on various yachts.

A very qualified technical manager holding a BTEC in Maritime Studies for Master of Merchant ships, a Certificate of Naval Engineer issued by Italian Ministry of Transport and limited to 500Hp, a UK COC Master 200GT IMO STCW 95 (MCA), a UK COC Officer of the Watch 3000GT (MCA), a MLC 2006, NTVRP & NPDES Training, a HazMat Expert Certification issued by RINA and an ISM- ISO Internal Auditor. Impressive!

On shore, Marco has also been a DPA, CSO, a Technical Manager and Project Manager. In the last 4 years, he has been a freelance project manager accomplishing impressive refits.

Marco is very self disciplined and determined person who made his career and achieved his knowledge based on his personal experience from the Coast Guard.

Passions & Pastimes

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James Kirby

Fleet Manager

  • Experience:16 years from deckhand to Captain & 1 year as a Yacht Manager
  • Languages: English and Spanish, basic French and Italian
James calls Barcelona home.

Born in Nottingham, England and raised in Cambridgeshire, it has been over 20 years since he called the UK home.

After concluding studies in Media, James found himself working on other shores in the USA and Norway in educational roles, before taking the leap into the seagoing side of the yachting industry in the early 2000’s.

A decision that carved out a happy pathway to captaincy having moved through all the ranks up to Chief Officer at the100m level and Captain in the 60M range. His last command being on a 55M charter vessel. He attained an MCA master 3000GT licence amongst other relative qualifications, yet it was the working knowledge and experience gained over the last 10 years especially, on extremely busy dual season charter vessels, that helped him hone his skills to build sound practical knowledge of all things expected of a busy ISM/ISPS/MLC compliant vessel. 

“I was lucky enough to be a Captain in this dynamic, prestigious and exciting industry, which has helped mould and shape me for the next challenge – ashore in yacht management where i have been for the past year.”

James calls Barcelona home.

Born in Nottingham, England and raised in Cambridgeshire, it has been over 20 years since he called the UK home.

After concluding studies in Media, James found himself working on other shores in the USA and Norway in educational roles, before taking the leap into the seagoing side of the yachting industry in the early 2000’s.

A decision that carved out a happy pathway to captaincy having moved through all the ranks up to Chief Officer at the100m level and Captain in the 60M range. His last command being on a 55M charter vessel. He attained an MCA master 3000GT licence amongst other relative qualifications, yet it was the working knowledge and experience gained over the last 10 years especially, on extremely busy dual season charter vessels, that helped him hone his skills to build sound practical knowledge of all things expected of a busy ISM/ISPS/MLC compliant vessel. 

“I was lucky enough to be a Captain in this dynamic, prestigious and exciting industry, which has helped mould and shape me for the next challenge – ashore in yacht management where i have been for the past year.”

Proudest Professional Moment

This was a tough one to choose. On a personal level, it would be taking command for the first time as captain after many years of hard work. As a team, it would have to be the continuous feedback from guests/clients when they see the near impossible come to fruition.

Professional Mantra

Lead by positive example and do not ask of others, to partake in a task that you would not do yourself.

Biggest Professional Gripe

I would have to say negativity, as this can become contagious in certain environments and there is no place for it in a such a bright uplifting industry such as ours.

Passions & Pastimes

Spending time with family and friends

Home and self-improvement (including language and cultural learning)

General keep fit to engage in all sports, especially climbing, Paddle boarding, hiking and cycling.

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George Peacock

Yacht Accountant

We are pleased to introduce you to George Peacock, the newest member of our team. George is based in our Brighton office within the yacht accounting department.

” I love watching and playing football. Although I do not play as much as I’d like to anymore, football has always been a huge passion of mine. Other past times include the gym, exercising and being outdoors. Being in a good routine and working out helps encourage a positive mentality which I can translate into other aspects of my day-to-day activities.”

“Spending time with friends and family is also an important part of my life. Having great people around you and being able to have a good laugh is vital!”

“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career with JMS and look forward to meeting you all soon.”

We are pleased to introduce you to George Peacock, the newest member of our team. George is based in our Brighton office within the yacht accounting department.

” I love watching and playing football. Although I do not play as much as I’d like to anymore, football has always been a huge passion of mine. Other past times include the gym, exercising and being outdoors. Being in a good routine and working out helps encourage a positive mentality which I can translate into other aspects of my day-to-day activities.”

“Spending time with friends and family is also an important part of my life. Having great people around you and being able to have a good laugh is vital!”

“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career with JMS and look forward to meeting you all soon.”

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Karolina Zmuda

Senior Accounts Assistant

I grew up in the heart of Poland in Lodz city. I studied Russian and Business Management. During the evenings and weekends, I worked in an amazing café for travellers. I am also a licensed tourist guide!

Following this I spent some time in Crimea working in hospitality, travelling and enjoying the wildness of this region.

In 2015 I moved to Brighton, attracted by the diversity and openness of local people. For the past 7 years I worked in the betting industry and specialised in financial crime and compliance in the scope of responsible gambling. Disillusioned by corporate rules and huge companies, I decided to change my career path and joined the accounting profession.

In my free time you can find me walking on South Downs with my family, swimming in the sea (especially during the full moon!), visiting extraordinary galleries or mixing cocktails and tasting them with friends!

I grew up in the heart of Poland in Lodz city. I studied Russian and Business Management. During the evenings and weekends, I worked in an amazing café for travellers. I am also a licensed tourist guide!

Following this I spent some time in Crimea working in hospitality, travelling and enjoying the wildness of this region.

In 2015 I moved to Brighton, attracted by the diversity and openness of local people. For the past 7 years I worked in the betting industry and specialised in financial crime and compliance in the scope of responsible gambling. Disillusioned by corporate rules and huge companies, I decided to change my career path and joined the accounting profession.

In my free time you can find me walking on South Downs with my family, swimming in the sea (especially during the full moon!), visiting extraordinary galleries or mixing cocktails and tasting them with friends!

Proudest Professional Moment

In my early twenties, as one of the youngest members of the team, I played a significant role in creating a new international team and formulating new internal procedures related to rapidly evolving money laundering and responsible gambling regulations for bookmaker’s companies. At the same time, I was a “freshly baked” mom and juggling between diapers and legal regulations required a lot of concentration and dedication.

Professional Mantra

Do what is right, not what is easy!

Biggest Professional Gripe

 When someone in a team grumbles all the time but doesn’t take action to make a difference

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Harry Plested

Accounts Assistant

Born and Raised in South London, I moved down to the South Coast in my early teenage years, and immediately fell in love with the freedom, the fashion and most importantly the sea!

With every opportunity I have had, whether it be abroad or on home soil, I have tried to get out on the sea and soak in the endless ocean and calmness of the waves. I am an avid traveller and recently was lucky enough to spend a week in Malta with roasting hot weather and beautiful seas, easily my favourite travel destination thus far.

I was previously working for a large international fashion retailer Boohoo, and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. It really helped to grow my passion for the industry and my own creativity with style.

I am excited to start this chapter of my career and am looking forward to learning and soaking up as much knowledge as possible

Born and Raised in South London, I moved down to the South Coast in my early teenage years, and immediately fell in love with the freedom, the fashion and most importantly the sea!

With every opportunity I have had, whether it be abroad or on home soil, I have tried to get out on the sea and soak in the endless ocean and calmness of the waves. I am an avid traveller and recently was lucky enough to spend a week in Malta with roasting hot weather and beautiful seas, easily my favourite travel destination thus far.

I was previously working for a large international fashion retailer Boohoo, and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. It really helped to grow my passion for the industry and my own creativity with style.

I am excited to start this chapter of my career and am looking forward to learning and soaking up as much knowledge as possible

Passions & Pastimes

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Susan Leslie

Contract Manager

We are pleased to introduce you to Susan Leslie, the newest member of our team. Susan is based in our Monaco office and is our Yacht Management Contracts Manager.

Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004, Susan’s career has taken her through positions working with the Secondment to the Enforcement Division of the UK Financial Services Authority (“FSA”), White & Case LLP, London as a Dispute Resolution Associate, and
working for Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, London as a Financial Markets Disputes Group Associate (Lawyer).

In 2009, Susan took 10 months off to participate in the ClippER 2009-2010 Round the World Yacht Race. “After just four weeks training on the water and one week of classroom-based navigation and meteorological training, I set sail in September 2009, on a 68-foot racing yacht with a crew of 18 strangers and one professional Skipper to circumnavigate the globe and fulfill a long held dream. After just over 10 months, more than 35,000 miles of racing, stopovers in 14 international ports, crossings of each of the world’s major oceans including three transatlantic races and experiencing the extremes of ocean racing, and living, I returned to the UK to live and work.”

In 2010 with her feet back on dry land, Susan joined the Trowers & Hamlins LLP – as the Public Sector Commercial Department Bids Manager, and in 2011 Susan joined a large Yacht Management company in France as their Contracts and Corporate projects Manager.

We are pleased to introduce you to Susan Leslie, the newest member of our team. Susan is based in our Monaco office and is our Yacht Management Contracts Manager.
Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004, Susan’s career has taken her through positions working with the Secondment to the Enforcement Division of the UK Financial Services Authority (“FSA”), White & Case LLP, London as a Dispute Resolution Associate, and
working for Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, London as a Financial Markets Disputes Group Associate (Lawyer).

In 2009, Susan took 10 months off to participate in the ClippER 2009-2010 Round the World Yacht Race. “After just four weeks training on the water and one week of classroom-based navigation and meteorological training, I set sail in September 2009, on a 68-foot racing yacht with a crew of 18 strangers and one professional Skipper to circumnavigate the globe and fulfill a long held dream. After just over 10 months, more than 35,000 miles of racing, stopovers in 14 international ports, crossings of each of the world’s major oceans including three transatlantic races and experiencing the extremes of ocean racing, and living, I returned to the UK to live and work.”

In 2010 with her feet back on dry land, Susan joined the Trowers & Hamlins LLP – as the Public Sector Commercial Department Bids Manager, and in 2011 Susan joined a large Yacht Management company in France as their Contracts and Corporate projects Manager.

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Ayla PROMMEL

Operations Assistant

Ayla studied Secretarial Business Administration in Holland and moved to Bonaire straight after obtaining her degree to windsurf and work on a Catamaran for a year, which was owned by a local family and running their yacht for charters & diving tours.

From there on life got a bit more serious after starting work in the front office management department at the Belair Business Hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands. Valued experience was gained, after which she applied and got a Journalist visa to write and work in Hawaii. Work experience within the Design and Sales sector inspired Ayla to start her own Marketing Management & Event Planning company enabling her to move to Barcelona to study Spanish Language and Literature, and then move on to Palma de Mallorca.

Besides running her own business she has worked in Real Estate and Sales in Palma, whilst being a mum to Noah. Now she feels very lucky to have found a solid base and form part of the JMS Yacht Management team where she supports operations for her team!

Ayla studied Secretarial Business Administration in Holland and moved to Bonaire straight after obtaining her degree to windsurf in Bonaire and work on a Catamaran for a year, which was owned by a local family and running their Catamaran for charters & diving tours.

From there on life got a bit more serious after starting work in the front office management department at the Belair Business Hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands. Valued experience was gained, after which she applied and got a Journalist Visa to write and work in Hawaii. Work experience within the Design and Sales sector inspired Ayla to start her own Marketing Management & Event Planning company enabling her to move to Barcelona to study Spanish Language and Literature, and then move on to Palma de Mallorca.

Besides running her own business she has worked in Real Estate and Sales in Palma, whilst being a mum to Noah. Now she feels very lucky to have found a solid base and form part of the JMS Yacht Management team where she supports operations for her team!

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Sarah Jane BELL

Recruitment Consultant

Sarah-Jane grew up in the City of Sails, Auckland New Zealand. She worked in the Fashion Industry as a Retail Buyer for 10 years, travelling to China, the UK, Canada and USA on business. Following this, a friend introduced her to the world of yachting where she took the leap in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Working her way up from stewardess to chief stewardess, she also has 4 years shore side experience as a yacht recruiter in Monaco and France.

Now with a young daughter and a partner who is still active in yachting as Senior Crew, she has settled in the Channel Island of Guernsey where she is looking forward to continuing and progressing her shore side career in recruitment.

Sarah-Jane is known for her affable friendly nature, professional demeanour, and ability to communicate at all levels.

Sarah-Jane grew up in the City of Sails, Auckland New Zealand. She worked in the Fashion Industry as a Retail Buyer for 10 years, travelling to China, the UK, Canada and USA on business. Following this, a friend introduced her to the world of yachting where she took the leap in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. Working her way up from stewardess to chief stewardess, she also has 4 years shore side experience as a yacht recruiter in Monaco and France.

Now with a young daughter and a partner who is still active in yachting as Senior Crew, she has settled in the Channel Island of Guernsey where she is looking forward to continuing and progressing her shore side career in recruitment.

Sarah-Jane is known for her affable friendly nature, professional demeanour, and ability to communicate at all levels.

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JMS Yachting

Panorama Building C

57 Rue Grimaldi

98000

Monaco: +377 97 70 01 73

Email: hello@jmsyachting.com