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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, REFIT & SERVICES 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 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 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.

BRENDON STEWART

BRENDON STEWART

Yacht Management & Service Supervisor

After growing up in, on and around the water, Brendon took his passion for the ocean and turned it into a career. For 23 years, he has worked on commercial and tourist vessels, and for the last 11 years on luxury private yachts as chief officer and captain throughout the Pacific Ocean, Central and North America and Australia.

Brendon’s experience has taught him to be a problem solver who doesn’t shy away from a challenge, with excellent organisational skills and time management. Whilst not working Brendon loves spending time with his young family, passing on his love of the ocean as they explore both on and off the water, as well as riding motorcycles and working on his photography.

LUKE HOLMES

LUKE HOLMES

Yacht Management & Service Engineer

With close to 19 years of experience in electrical and mechanical engineering, Luke is still very ambitious to build on his proven skills. Luke has worked extremely hard throughout his career both in Australia and the UK, in order to become an accomplished engineer. He can initiate solutions and complete projects to specifications at the first attempt.

Luke’s extensive experience in the industry has helped him to achieve a solid background in all aspects of electrical and mechanical engineering. Luke is a great new addition to the Yachtsmen Service & Refit Team!

CLAYTON DILLON

CLAYTON DILLON

Shipwright/Engineering Support

Clayton is a skilled shipwright working with Yachtsmen International. He is in charge of project work for the Service & Refit Division team, engineering support, vessel maintenance, client relations and inventory management.

KERRY HIPGRAVE

KERRY HIPGRAVE

M/Y Broker

Kerry specialises in client relations and is based in Cairns working across the following Yachtsmen 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.

MELISSA HOWLETT

MELISSA HOWLETT

M/Y BROKER

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.

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.

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