The west coast of Malaysia and Thailand is one of the few really unspoilt sailing destinations. Phuket is home to many cruising yachts and for increasing numbers of superyachts this is their first port of call in Asian waters. Simpson Marine and Simpson Yacht Charter are ideally located in Ao Po Grand Marina to cater for all yacht sales and service needs.
Country Manager – Thailand
Howard has been around boats and the sea since he was christened in a warships bell as a baby. He has had a long career in the Marine and Automotive industries having worked at sea in many places around the world, also in new boat and brokerage sales and managing large franchised automotive businesses.
Having been educated in both the USA and the UK, Howard went on to live in Turkey and Greece working in the yacht charter market for a global company both at sea and on shore. He speaks a little Turkish and French and continues to work part time as Master 200gt on many different types of vessel both power and sail.
Howard is a keen yacht racing crew, regularly competing during Cowes Week and other UK national regatta’s as Navigator on an X-99 with a highly modified prototype carbon rig. Many successful race campaigns have been achieved, including silverware presented in the Royal Yacht Squadron for a Cowes Week race, first place position.
Whilst Howard’s love for all things nautical is constant, retail operations have always been in his DNA and his career has centered around managing and developing sales / aftersales processes in different retail markets. Howard has a firm client centric approach which only accepts the highest levels of customer care.
Now heading up the Simpson Marine team in Thailand, Howard’s focus is to provide an unparalleled, high level of customer service. Ensuring any potential customer interaction will be dealt with in a swift and professional manner with the highest of attention to detail, applied at all times.
When Howard is not around boats, which is not very often, he may be found long distance running to keep fit and developing his keen cooking skills with a penchant to a perfect English roast dinner!
Mobile: +66 (0) 86 277 3360
Senior Yacht Broker
Born in Germany to a British military family, Justin travelled to Ghana, West Africa at the age of 7 where he was schooled in the British International School. He then moved to other parts of the world like Belize, Romania, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan with his parents. His love for boats and all things yachting started at a very young age, influenced by his family in Scandinavia who have always owned sailing yacht. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with the sales director from a large yacht brokerage later in his life, that he was offered the opportunity to make a living from boats.
Justin holds a strong curriculum vitae in yacht sales being a broker for over 11 years. His experience in the yachting industry is vast has strong knowledge since his days in Europe. As Justin’s knowledge of large yachts grew, so did his career. Working closely with Simpson Marine’s Thailand country manager, Justin is a Senior Yacht Broker located out of the Phuket office.
Mobile: +66 (0) 99 308 8777
Yacht care manager / Service Manager
Turning his hobby of sailing into a career, Colin finds joy and has strong passion in his every day responsibilities at Simpson Marine. Having worked at the marine industry for several years, Colin has experience in working in a number of different vessels ranging from small production yachts to 130-year-old tall ships. Currently based in Simpson Marine Thailand, Phuket office, Colin holds the yacht care manager position and takes care of Simpson Yacht Care client’s yachting needs. Our strong portfolio of yacht care clients grew under his care and will continue to expand further. A curious mind for engineering and the machinery of vessels and vehicles, Colin often spends his free time restoring classic cars.
Mobile: +66 (0) 81 892 8919
Charter Sales Manager – Thailand
Born and raised in Germany and France, Fred started his career in the tourism industry started in French Polynesia where he stayed for 2 years, and continued aboard several cruise liners ships and river cruises boats for another 8 years. His decision to relocate to Thailand came in mid-2002 as a travel agent specialised in e-commerce where he worked for more than a decade. Fred later moved onto a naturalist cruises industry where he actively participated and made great success on promoting liveaboard diving holidays cruises. Looking for a new challenge, Fred decided to bring over his wealth of experience to Simpson Marine Charter division with confidence to increase the number of charters in a very close future through his clever use of optimised sales procedures.
Mobile: +66 93 327 0447
Charter Base Manager – Thailand
Born into a family of commercial divers and growing up on England’s Jurassic Coast, Craig’s love of all things ocean was inevitable. Starting his yachting career in the Mediterranean as an engineer with a flotilla crew, Craig quickly realised that this was his passion and from then on – nothing but working with yachts would be good enough. After a small break from yachting, Craig found his way over to Phuket working again as an engineer then progressed to becoming a Senior technician. Based in Phuket for years, Craig has built up a great knowledge of the local area and industry. Passionate about providing a boutique and customised service Craig is excited to incorporate this into his appointment as Charter Base Manager with Simpson Yacht Charter.
Craig enjoys surfing, diving and long morning walks on the beach with his dogs during his free time.
Mobile: +66 63 082 9987
A familiar face in our Phuket office, Bee joined our team in 2008 as an office administrator and after 4 years she was promoted to the role of Office Manager in 2013. She moved from Bangkok and stayed in Phuket for 16 years where she now calls home. She has a Diploma in Accounting from Bangkok Polytechnic School and a Bachelor degree in Human Resource Management from Phuket University. She was worked for luxury 5 star hotels as front receptionist in Phuket and got into yachting by being part of the delivery team from Phuket to Langkawi as well as managing yacht charters in Phang-Nga bay before starting her role with Simpson Marine.
Mobile: +66 (0) 8 9727 8149