Innovate to Succeed Conference Birmingham 2022
Skip to main content

Strong turnout to welcome new SYUK Chairman

Published on: 30 May 2018

Superyacht UK

More than 100 professionals from the great and the good of the UK’s superyacht sector turned out at the Superyacht UK (SYUK) AGM to witness the election of the association’s new Chairman. The man elected to fill this important industry role was Jeff Houlgrave, Senior Associate at Marina Projects Ltd.

Superyacht UK, a group association within British Marine, held its annual meeting and networking reception at the brand new The Harbour Hotel in Southampton on Wednesday 23 May. The primary focus of the event was to elect the association’s new Chairman, vote in the executive committee and thank outgoing Chairman, Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts, for his hard work over the past two years.

SYUK committee 2018

Superyacht UK's executive committee

On the back of its strong work in 2017, SYUK had to increase the number of positions available on the committee to meet the demand and excellent quality of candidates. Jeff Houlgrave is joined on the executive committee by new Vice Chairs, Ruth Douglas (Heirlooms Ltd) and Kiran Haslam (Princess Yachts Ltd). Peter Brown remains as immediate past-Chair and the remaining committee membership includes John Burnie (A and T Instruments, Julie Clark (Savage Marine Ltd), Josh Flavell (Peters & May Ltd), Ken Hickling (Viking Recruitment Ltd)Eric Hyder (Finning (UK) Ltd), Stephen Hills (Pendennis Shipyard Ltd), William Mathieson (The Superyacht Group), Justin Olesinski (Olesinksi Ltd), Panos Pourgourides (Hill Dickinson LLP) and Nigel Stuart (Spirit Yachts Ltd).

Commenting on his election as Chairman, Jeff Houlgrave said: “Having been a member of the SYUK committee on and off for over a decade I am delighted to have been appointed Chairman. The past Chairman, Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts, has left large shoes to fill, but I am confident that with the support of my Vice Chairmen, Ruth and Kiran, that we will be able to take on the challenge.

“I look forward to getting to know the new committee members and utilising our collective skills to promote the SYUK brand and its members around the world. The UK’s superyacht industry is facing challenges on all fronts and we need to work even harder to address these.“

All SYUK events contain a fantastic and beneficial networking element, and this year’s AGM was no exception. There were member case studies from Olesinski Ltd and Actisense Ltd and a special guest talk from Oliver Boisseau at the Marine Conservation Research International, which is a unique not-for-profit organisation conducting practical conservation projects on vulnerable marine wildlife and habitats.

Superyacht UK represents the interests of the UK superyacht industry both at home and internationally. Its 260 plus members cover the diversity of the UK industry from leading naval architects to award-winning manufacturers and the full supporting supply chain It draws on this island nation’s rich heritage as seafaring pioneers to spearhead truly world-class products and services. For more information on Superyacht UK and its activity please visit