Meet the team


The Boats.co.uk Sales Department is headed by James Barke and supported by his brothers Guy, Nick and David Barke. We are supported by a strong and enthusiastic young team of administrators and practical, hands-on people, all with a real “Can do” attitude that you will find refreshing and fun!

We pride ourselves on our family work ethic and approach to customer care.

Our (Boats.co.uk) sales team has over 350 years’ combined experience in selling luxury powerboats and motoryachts and can organise and advise on everything, from the very start of your purchase to the launch and handover.


James Barke
Joint Managing Director

James Barke is Joint Managing Director. He deals with the day-to-day management of the business, and takes responsibility for sales, marketing, purchasing and HR. He also loves boats !!!


James Barke

Nick Barke
Joint Managing Director

Nick is responsible for day to day management of the of the businesses with his brothers James Guy and David, Nicks focus is customer satisfaction, followed by sales and many other aspects of the wider business including global specialist advice. If you have any feedback good or bad on our team or any aspect of the business Nick would love to hear from you nick@boats.co.uk 7 days a week.


Nick Barke

Guy Barke
Operations Director

Guy manages 10 full time staff and overlooks the second-hand and new boat fit outs, he also does the majority of boat movements on land and water and plans the boat layouts as you see them here on display. In between these duties, he is more than happy to help you find your next boat.


James Barke

David Barke Snr
Marina Operations

David Barke senior started the company in the late 1960’s so has a wealth of experience in all aspects of running a boatyard and marina.


David Barke Snr

Dave Barke
Joint Head of Yacht Engineering / Head of Quality Control

David was the fourth and final brother to join the family business in 2006. With over 10 years marine engineering experience, David specialises in all aspects of engineering within the New Boats department. He is in charge of overseeing all the new Princess‘s in preparation for their handover.


Dave Barke

Dan Chaffe
New & Used Boat Sales / Arvor Manager

Dan has been with Boats.co.uk for over 10 years. His main job role is directed at all new & used boat sales, particularly Arvor. On most sunny days you will also find Dan out in the yard helping with crane lifts, boat movements, sea-trials and making sure boats go out perfectly. If you have an Arvor and need questions answered, why not call or drop in and visit Dan at our Essex office, chances are he sold your boat new!


Daniel Chaffe

Darren Pilbeam
New & Used Boat Sales / Brokerage Manager

Darren has been with Boats.co.uk since January 2005. Darren specialises in every aspect of boat selling, from listing the boats through our brokerage service onto our website, to being out on the water testing them ready for handover to the new owners. If you are thinking of selling your boat and have any questions, Darren is the person to speak to.


Darren Pilbeam

James Powell
Sales Director - Princess Poole

James heads up the Princess Poole sales operation. Since opening in May 2015, the Salterns Marina location has become the place to go in Poole Harbour to buy your new or used boat. James has over thirty years experience in the marine industry at both dealer and manufacturer levels and sold his first new boat at Southampton Boat Show in 1984! An experienced boater and current boat owner, James can be found most weekends when not looking after the office cruising Poole Harbour or anchored in Studland Bay.


James Powell

Chris Gore
New & Used Boat Sales/Brokerage Manager - Princess Poole

Chris Gore looks after the day to day running of the Princess Poole office. Chris joined Boats.co.uk in September 2014 bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the power boat and sailing yacht sectors. If you are new to boating or an experienced mariner looking for your next boat, Chris would be delighted to hear from you.


Chris Gore

Tony Knight
Accountant

Tony joined the company in 2004 having worked within the city banking industry for several years. After graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA Hons Degree in Accounting Tony became responsible for the administration and finances of the company. His many duties include monthly reporting & forecasts, bank reconciliations, wages, audit work, preparation of year end. He is an integral part of the management team and provides information for regular meetings with the Directors.


Tony Knight

Sarah Barke
Accounts & Service Department

Sarah has been working with Boats.co.uk since October 2009, helping out with accounts and administration behind the scenes on a part time basis. Sarah's role has developed into the service side now as well, and she helps to organise the various warranty issues that arise, as well as sourcing parts for boats & customers.


Sarah Barke

Catherine French
PA to Directors / Accounts Manager

Catherine joined Boats.co.uk in October 2005. Catherine's main roles include managing all customer and supplier accounts and working alongside the accounts director and assisting in the day to day running of the company, managing various conflicting priorities in the Director's absence. She also processes and files title documentation for existing and sold stock, produces sales orders and invoices to customers and purchase orders to suppliers, tracking and management of staff contracts and other general office duties.


Catherine French

Peter Bell
Operations Manager

Pete oversees all works to new boats that we sell. He is responsible for fitting out, testing and commissioning and also delivery of the boats to several destinations. Once the new boats are completed, Pete will hand them over to the customers explaining every aspect of their functions and systems. Warranty is also a large part of Pete‘s duties, liaising with customers on the issues they have.


Peter Bell

Tom Pringle
Joint Head of Yacht Engineering / Head of Parts Department

Tom joined boats.co.uk in October 2005. He specialises in marine electronics. After Tom achieved a degree in engineering, he joined the Essex team learning all aspects of boat fitouts and becoming an integral part of the team. He now works alongside David, Martin and Brian ensuring that all new boat‘s are checked and ready for handover.


Tom Pringle

Chris Browning
Head of Mechanical Engineering

Chris has been with Boats.co.uk since February 2002. He is a Marine Engineer of 12 years covering all aspects of maintenance diagnostics and repairs on boats and yachts. He is also qualified in light/heavy/plant engineering and automotive electronics. Chris looks after the engineering department for used boats and brokerage ensuring that the boats go out on time and in line with customer expectations.


Chris Browning

Richard Simpson
Engineer

Rick joined the team in November 2010 and assists Chris with the maintenance and repairs to stock motor boats and yachts. Rick specialises in all aspects of engineering including gel repairs.


Richard Simpson

Brian Beeson
New Boat Fitter

Brian has been with Boats.co.uk since October 2005 and works closely with Martin on new boat fit outs. He specialises in gel repairs and the fitting of stern thrusters. It is also his responsibility to check over the new boats for the pre-delivery inspection.


Brian Beeson

Martin Brain
Fitter

Martin joined boats.co.uk in July 2006 and is responsible for all works to the new boat‘s. Martin specialises in all aspects of carpentry and is also responsible for checking over the new boats for the pre-delivery inspection.


Martin Brain

Dale Burton
Boat Valeter

Dale joined boats.co.uk back in March 2004 and is responsible for every boat for sale in the yard, ensuring they are clean and maintained ready for viewing. Dale specialises in deep cleaning, mopping and polishing and is very proud of the work he undertakes.


Dale Burton

Steve Janes
Marine Engineer

Steve joined boats.co.uk in February 2008 and is an engineer with over 27 years of experience in the marine industry,he looks after all new and used boats plus warranty and repairs at our Poole office in Salterns Marina.


Steve Janes

Paul Norris
Technician - Princess Poole

Paul joined the team in October 2014 and is responsible for every boat for sale in the yard in Poole, ensuring they are clean and maintained ready for viewing.


Paul Norris

Kate Barke
Marina Office Manager

Following a 10 year career in the advertising industry, Kate has joined the family business. Kate‘s role is to ensure the marina office runs smoothly, including managing the accounts for the marina including all invoicing.


Kate Barke

Sam Martin (Snr)
Essex Marina Manager

Sam joined our team in May 2007 and has become a key member in the day to day running of the business. Sam came from an engineering background and can takle most maintenance and overhaul work with all our machinery. Starting on the Boatyard side of the business, Sam quickly progressed working on second hand boats, Arvors and Glastrons. Sam is now the Essex Marina Manager and is in charge of all aspects of the marina with help from his marina team. He is fully licensed to drive all the marina plant and all boats that can be found on site, from the smallest dory to the biggest Princess.


Sam Martin

Myriam Sohail
Social Media Strategist / Receptionist - Essex Marina

Maz joined the Essex Marina team in June 2015 and is the face of the front desk in the Marina Office Monday to Friday. Maz specialises in social media strategy and is using her skills to increase Essex Marina's online presence.


Myriam Sohail

Sam Easton (Jnr)
Yard hand

Sam joined our team in October 2014 and works closely with Sam Snr making sure all boat movements are carried out and ensuring the yard is kept clean and tidy.


Sam Easton