CAPTAIN | MARCUS GILBERT | BRITISH
Marcus was born in England but has lived most of his life overseas. He has been working on yachts for 16 years. Having travelled extensively worldwide and through a former career as a diving instructor Marcus is passionate about all water sports and ensuring his guests are looked after to the highest standard. Marcus likes to maintain a high level of fitness and has run the London and Barcelona marathons and is now turning his attention to triathlons. He is a keen kite surfer and would like to improve on his skills when he gets the opportunity.
CHIEF OFFICER | JOHN DUDGEON |BRITISH
John grew up around Scotland’s golf coast East Lothian. He joined the yachting industry in 2006 and holds his Master 3000GT qualification. His passion for the water began at a young age where he would help his friends catch lobsters in the North Sea, this helped lead him to his first job as a lifeguard. From there he grew a passion for watersports such as wakeboarding & waterskiing. Seeking warmer climates, he headed to the Mediterranean to start his yachting career, John is passionate about the industry and loves meeting new people and exploring new areas to cruise. In his spare time, he enjoys a round of golf and considers himself a bit of a wine connoisseur.
SECOND OFFICER | NICK CALLIGEROS |AUSTRALIAN/GREEK
Nick has always been close to the sea, growing up he would go fishing with his dad out of Brisbane, Australia on a regular basis. It wasn’t until 2014, when he moved to Antibes that he made the move into yachting, combining his career path and his love for the sea. Since then he hasn’t looked back, progressing through the ranks and sailing through the Med, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean, the Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia.
PURSER | RACHEL KIRK | BRITISH
Rachel was born and grew up in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. Rachel has been working at sea since the age of 21 when she started working on cruise ships. She loved having the ability to be able to work and see the world at the same time, and was lucky enough to be given world cruising itinerary taking her total countries visited up to 65. Rachel has worked on superyachts for a total of 8 years working her way up through the interior department. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping active, yoga, eating out and exploring new places.
BOSUN | CHARLIE PYLE |BRITISH
Charlie is a 32-year-old Scotsman hailing from farmland near Edinburgh. After completing a bachelor’s degree in history in 2009, he spent three winters in the French alps doing ski seasons. Initially coming into yachting on a temporary basis, he has found himself almost completing his OOW qualification after 5 years on board Eminence. When not working he likes to ski, golf, rock climb and swim.
LEAD DECKHAND | NICK OSBORN | BRITISH
Nick spent his childhood growing up in Europe courtesy of her Majesty, Royal Air Force. There he developed a taste for travel and foreign cultures and nurtured his love for the Ocean and Scuba diving. He studied Maritime Leisure Management in Southampton and then went on to travel the world and work as a Divemaster for 5 years. Then he returned to the UK, trained as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist and set up his own business in London where he stayed for 4 years. However, the Ocean and adventure kept calling him and that is what led him into yachting 8 years ago and well the rest is history…
DECKHAND | ELLIOT LOW | BRITISH/AUSTRALIAN
Elliot was born in England before moving to Singapore then Queensland, Australia. It was in Australia he found a love for the ocean, growing up as a competitive swimmer and surfer. He joined Eminence prior to the summer 2017 season and enjoys the team dynamic of working on deck. When he isn’t onboard, he can be found scouting out local restaurants, going on an outdoor adventure or spending time with family and friends.
DECKHAND | HARRY MOISAN | BRITISH
Having grown up on the small island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, Harry has spent his entire life working either on or in the water. Harry is a keen sailor having spent the last 10 years racing yachts and dinghies throughout Europe, as well as gaining vast experience teaching dinghy sailing to a large number of students back in Jersey. Alongside sailing, Harry spends as much time on the water as possible; in particular going fishing, paddle-boarding, surfing and cliff-jumping. When on land Harry also enjoys playing all sport especially golf, tennis, football and rugby.
DECKHAND – MATTHEW COLLEY | BRITISH/SOUTH AFRICAN
Matthew is an extremely hard‐working and friendly person. Born and raised on the coast, he has an abundance of ocean knowledge and experience. Coming from South Africa, being such a diverse country, he is able to work well and communicate with people from all cultures and ages. He has a passion for anything ocean related and spent his entire childhood either surfing, fishing or diving. However, his greatest passion is for deep sea fishing and because of this he has represented his country on various occasions. Matthew has been deep sea fishing since the age of four. Matthew has thousands of hours either on or in the ocean.
DECKHAND | RIKUS SWART |SOUTH AFRICAN
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After his final school year, he worked for an AC company for 1 year, barman for 2 years, bar manager part time for 3 years. While working as barman he attended a local college to complete studies in electrical engineering. After completing my studies, he stared working as an electrician for 2 years. My last position on land was as a load test technician for 3 and a half years. Outdoorsy person. He has always led an active lifestyle exercise is a big hobby of mine. Other hobbies include sports, fishing and hiking. Passionate about the ocean and that is what led him to the yachting industry.
CHIEF ENGINEER (ROTATIONAL) | IAN WHIBLEY | BRITISH
Ian knew he was going to be an engineer from a very young age. After school he went on to do motor vehicle courses before progressing to university to do a mechanical engineering degree. By the time Ian had left academia he had earnt himself a masters in materials research. After a gap year travelling around the world Ian found himself drawn to the yachting industry. Ian has been in yachting industry for over 10 years. Ian now lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey with his wife and little girl. When not working on board or at home, Ian really enjoys cycling, a drop of wine, an evening out, and music
CHIEF ENGINEER (ROTATIONAL) | MICHAEL SCHRODTER | NEW ZEALAND
Coming from the city of Cambridge, voted New Zealand’s most beautiful large town. Michael migrated to the sea to undertake an apprenticeship at one of the world’s prestigious superyacht shipyards, Alloy yachts. Completing this was a natural transition to super-yachting and a way to explore the world while furthering his career in marine engineering. Over the last 14 years, Michael has worked on some of the world’s most exclusive charter yachts and travelled to all corners of the globe. When at home Michael enjoys working in his orchard assisted by his boxer dog, Lulu. Last year Michael sailed 11,000 NM across the pacific on a yacht he re-built from hurricane Urma and sailed from the Caribbean to New Zealand.
2ND ENGINEER | QUINTON ROSS | BRITISH/SOUTH AFRICAN
Quinton grew up sailing small sailboats with his family in South Africa. Since this first introduction to sailing Quinton has completed a national diploma in Diesel mechanics and obtained his Y3 engineering certificate. When he is not working on boats, he enjoys spending time with his family along with surfing and fishing in the waters of Cape town where he resides.
2ND ENGINEER | GARY CHATTEN | BRITISH
Gary has been on board M/Y EMINENCE since 2012 and in the yachting industry since 2010. Once Gary left school, he completed a Mechanical Engineering NVQ and then went on to do various Engineering and Electrical jobs before Moving to Mallorca and joining the Yachting industry. Gary now lives in Liverpool, United Kingdom where he was born. He has a wife and two young daughters, and he is a huge football fan but also enjoys many other sports and physical activities.
ETO (Rotational) | JOHN DEEGAN | BRITISH
John was born in Liverpool, UK where he still lives his young family. John Studied a 5-year Apprenticeship with Marconi Communications gaining a Degree in Electrical & Electronic engineering from Liverpool John Moores University. John was then employed as a Process Engineer before leaving to Pursue a career in the British Army where he completed several overseas tours of duty. On completing his tours in the Armed Forces, John studied for his Yacht master Ocean Qualification he then joining Sunsail for six months as Flotilla Skipper in Vounaki Greece.
John has been in the yachting industry for the last 12 years working as an ETO on-board MY Saint Nicolas, MY Queen K and MY Lady S.
John enjoys watching football and is also a keen skier and sailor when the chance arises.
ETO (Rotational) | JAMES GILLARD | BRITISH
As an Engineer and lover of ocean sports, James has found his ideal career as an ETO in the yachting industry. Born in Wales, and studying Electronic Engineering at Cardiff University, James developed his technical foundations whilst working on complex naval communication projects for a major UK Engineering company. His technical background is now applied to maintaining the electronic and IT systems on board Eminence. James has spent a number of summer seasons as a kite surf instructor and loves to travel in search of surf and snow. He is also a lifelong guitarist and lover of music.
HEAD CHEF | TOM NICHOLAS | AUSTRALIAN
From Greek and Italian heritage, Tom was born in Australia where he attended Culinary Schooling and worked at several high-class restaurants and catering companies. His passion for food has taken him around the world, studying cuisine from Asia, South America, Italy, Croatia & Spain. Tom has 10 years’ experience in Hospitality and has been in the yachting industry for 5 years now, working on board MY Amore Vero & MY Eminence. When not in the galley, Tom can be found at the closest fruit and vegetable market sampling the local cuisine, spending time with his young daughter Alba or cooking at home for family. Experienced in all cuisine, he can easily accommodate any and all dietary requirements or preferences. Tom always aims to please and goes above and beyond, for the Eminence guests to have the most enjoyable culinary experience whilst onboard.
SOUS CHEF | JOSHUA WARRINER | BRITISH
Joshua originates from South Africa, although he moved to the United Kingdom at a young age, which is where his culinary roots stem from. Classically trained and having spent a vast amount of time travelling through India and South East Asia, Josh likes to keep a modern flair to his food with a twist of tradition and fusion, as well as always being readily available to suggestions or requests from guests. Joshua aims to provide guests with the most memorable experiences that they may encounter in any restaurant, whilst on the water with beautifully presented and tasting food. “My biggest joy in life is being able to feed someone something and see a smile on their face. Whether that’s something that is completely new to them or something they ate as a child. I want my guests to be happy with what they eat.”
CHIEF STEWARDESS | SARAH PTCHFORD | SOUTH AFRICAN
Originating from Egoli, the City of Gold, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sarah joined the yachting industry 9 years ago. Passionate about the ocean, her career move to the yachting industry was a natural fit. She studied Brand Building and Management is also a qualified lifeguard. Sarah is an avid foodie and fitness fanatic at heart. In her free time you’ll find Sarah scuba diving, attending fitness and yoga classes or participating in various outdoor adventures. Sarah has a very positive outlook in everything she does and works hard to ensure that all is done to the highest level. Her relaxed, easy going, approachable nature, allows all who visit Eminence to feel immediately at ease. She goes the extra mile to ensure the very best experience for all. Sarah looks forward to welcoming you onboard.
2ND STEWARDESS | TATUM MCCARTNEY | AUSTRALIAN
Tatum is about to embark on her fourth summer on board MY Eminence, as Second Stewardess. Having joined Eminence with 10 years hospitality experience and a Bachelor of Design Degree, she enjoys injecting her creativity into every facet of the yacht from decorating the boat during mealtimes, to themed parties and more! Born in South Africa and raised in Australia, Tatum developed a love of travelling from an early age and is excited for the new adventure ahead. In her spare time Tatum loves to go dancing, painting, hosting dinner parties with friends and hiking. With her positive and bubbly personality, Tatum will endeavour to make you feel at ease during your stay on board MY Eminence.
HEAD HOUSEKEEPER | EMMA LEVY | AUSTRALIAN
Emma grew up in Australia on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She previously worked in the childcare industry for 11 years and studied event management. In her spare time, she loves to go to the beach, catch up with friends and work out. Emma’s love for the ocean and meeting new people lead her to the yachting industry and she began her career on M/Y Eminence in 2016. This being Emma’s third season on board, she is eager to see where this new adventure takes her.
SERVICE STEWARDESS | ELLA YEANDLE |BRITISH
Ella grew up in the countryside of southwest England, spending most of her time outdoors, horse riding, surfing and hiking. Always having a sense of adventure, Ella worked as an Au Pair in the French Alps and skied throughout the days with the children. Working in hospitality across New Zealand really blossomed her passion for the service industry. She then joined the yachting industry back in 2015 and has never looked back since – sailing throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Northern America and the Western Mediterranean. Studying Art and photography she developed a keen eye for creativity and love for all floral things. Always smiling as an enthusiastic host, Ella loves to create the ultimate dining experience on board M/Y Eminence.
SERVICE STEWARDESS | LAUREN MOODY | BRITISH
Lauren grew up in Yorkshire, Northern England after been born in the South of France to British Parents. She trained as a flight attendant and flew internationally for five years, two of which whilst been a Chief Stewardess living in Alicante, Spain. Having seen much of Europe through airplane windows she decided to take a year long career break and travel across South East Asia and the US. During her travels Lauren met other Yachting Professionals who ignited her interest into the industry and so she embarked on her journey into yachting and has since visited many places she once only saw from above. In her free time Lauren enjoys to travel, immerse herself in local cultures and cuisine, be outdoors hiking, swimming and soaking up the sun
HOUSEKEEPING STEWARDESS | LOUISE KILDAHL | DANISH
Growing up in a small village in Denmark right by the North Sea, Louise has always had a love for the ocean and was known to be a water dog in her village. At the end of High School, she to googled “working abroad and sailing” and that is how she found out about yachting. She packed her bags and left when she was 18 and happily worked in the industry for three years. She then went back to Denmark to study Business Administration in Copenhagen. Having a passion for fitness and health she also chose to study Herbal Medicine for one year on the side. This led to running her own company in the Health Supplement industry. However, Louise always knew she wanted to return to the yachting industry when she was done with University. She is now excited about being back and hope to give you an extra luxurious stay onboard Eminence.
HOUSEKEEPING STEWARDESS | ROMANA BOBOKOVA | SLOVAKIAN
Romana was born in Slovakia where she studied Pedagogy at University. During her studies she did modelling as a part time job. She participated in the competition ‘Miss Slovakia’; and since that time, she began modelling full time, travelling all over the world. Her favourite country is Mexico where she lived for two and a half years. She likes to work out and go running. Romana believes in the philosophy: positive mind = positive vibes = positive life.
HOUSEKEEPING STEWARDESS/MASSEUSE | JULATREEKOOK SUJANTA | THAI
Nim was born in Sisaket province in the North East of Thailand. She started to work in the hospitality industry initially at the top-class Banyan Tree resort and Spa in Phuket, Thailand before moving overseas to the UAE and then onto Princess cruises. Nim loves to treat people and make them feel fresh, relaxed and comfortable. Back home in Thailand, she proudly owns a small oyster mushroom farm. Nim loves to experience new cultures and meet people from around the world.
LAUNDRYMAN | ARNEL GO | PHILLIPINES
Arnel is originally from Philippines with two lovely daughters and a loving wife. Studied Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He started working in hospitality industry back in 1995, improving his skills in different luxury hotels, 6years working for the royal family in Brunei. After that he started working on Cruise ships and yachts up to now. Throughout these years his professional experience and friendly character have been appreciated by both crew and guest alike. He enjoys cooking, biking, basketball and life at sea. Arnel has many other skills such as massage, deck duties and helping out the engineering team in case they need an extra hand.