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down to earth and knowledgeable maritime professionals. 





David joined the team in 2017 as a qualified Chief Engineer unlimited with over 30 years’ experience on a variety of vessels.

Moving ashore in 2003 he has built up extensive shore ISM technical management experience with employment in the positions of Fleet and Technical Manager, responsible for developing, implementing and ensuring vessel compliance with ISM on both superyachts and commercial vessels.

David, who holds a Masters degree in International Commercial Law, has experience in the role of yacht Technical Manager since 2013, managing their planned maintenance systems, refit and drydock specifications and emergency repairs.

Having been based for three years in Dubai, David has gained extensive vessel management, hull & machinery casualty experience and condition surveys, along with office and vessel audits throughout the region on both Superyachts and Commercial vessels, working with some of the world’s largest marine insurance companies.

David is the company’s Designated Person Ashore and Company Security Officer.

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After spending the last 12 years in the superyacht industry Kristina, a former Chief Officer, joins us as Vessel Manager.  


Her love of the ocean and the maritime world began as a child in the north of England, where she sailed with her grandfather on a yacht that he’d built himself.  


Since then, Kristina’s seafaring career has taken her to the Norwegian Fjords, the Caribbean and throughout the Mediterranean, on both charter and private motor yachts ranging from 37 to 63 metres.   


Kristina is looking forward to the new challenge of supporting vessels from a shoreside perspective and hopes to bring value to the team with the experience she has gained from years at sea.  

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Originally from Brest, Belarus, Oksana graduated with an interpreting and translating degree in 2007 in Minsk, with English language as her major. Additionally, she studied German and Spanish languages for three years, bringing a wealth of significant international experience and language skills to the NMS team. 


In 2008 she moved to Saint-Petersburg and began a career as an interpreter, giving her the opportunity to work for large companies on multiple projects in the automotive, construction and manufacturing industries for a total of six years.


In 2014, Oksana moved to the North East of England where she started a family and helped to run the family business. 


Working closely within our yacht management team, Oksana assists with communication between our Russian clients and also translates any yacht and project management reports and documents into Russian as required. 


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With seven years of human resources and customer service experience under her belt, Kay joins the West Nautical team as our new Office Manager. Her previous roles in the automotive and building industries leave her well-poised to deal with the fast-paced environment of yachting, where she will now oversee all daily operations of the West Nautical office. She will be working directly with the company’s employees and contractors in the UK and globally, ensuring all clients, team members and visitors are well looked after. 


Very much a family-oriented individual, in her spare time Kay loves watching her two children play football and enjoys holidays abroad, experiencing all of the different culture and cuisines they have to offer.

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Gemma Irwin


Nautical Management Services are delighted to welcome Gemma Irwin to our team as Vessel Management Assistant. 

Gemma has 15 years of experience working within the commercial shipping industry in an office-based role for a Maritime Classification Society, ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) as an Administrative Coordinator for operations. Her role was integral to cross-departmental communication to worldwide clients and colleagues, where she actively participated with internal and external audits, office compliance and health and safety.

Originally from the Northeast of England, Gemma has lived in Rutland, Belfast and Cyprus. It was in Cyprus in 2005 where she continued her education in Clerical and IT to pursue a career in administration. She returned to the Northeast in 2008 when she began her career in the maritime industry. 

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and holidays, spending time with her family and her dogs.


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Sarah, originally from South Africa, began a successful career at sea at the age of 18 and spent a total of eight years working on superyachts ranging from 35 to 85 meters cruising in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Maldives. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Public Relations Management and has years of experience in her native country working for large PR companies. Sarah knows the maritime industry inside out and adds a wealth of knowledge and skills to the NMS team.  


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David began his career serving in the Royal Navy as a Marine Technician, serving on board a variety of warships. After six years in the Royal Navy he left and started his studies at South Tyneside Marine College, where he gained his Engineering Officer of the Watch unlimited licence. 

David then went on to gain experience within the commercial shipping industry, which included working on board chemical tankers and general cargo vessels. He then moved on to the offshore industry, sailing on board semi-submersible and pipe laying vessels. 

David joins the West Nautical team now with over 10 years of experience in the maritime industry and is looking forward to making the move shoreside and returning permanently to his home in the North East of England. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of marine engineering and is eager to bring value to the team with his knowledge and skills. 


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Before joining NMS, Bex spent five years working within the yachting industry on 50-80m private and charter yachts. She worked on board the renowned explorer, and West Nautical managed yacht, Game Changer, during its first re-fit in the Netherlands, and was also on board during the vessel’s first visit to Antarctica.

Bex travelled the world on yachts, working her way up to the position of Relief Chief Stewardess. On her return to the UK she opened up her own business, and while it has thrived for the last few years, she has decided to return to the exciting world of yachting. When she’s not at work, Bex loves cooking and hiking.  


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