Meet the Team

Richard Kember ‘The Boss’

Starting his trade as a Shipwright at Whisstocks before acquiring the marina, Richard developed the marina from a mud hole accommodating just 20 boats in 1985 into one of the premier marinas on the East Coast, whilst maintaining its independence. With over 30 years experience of the River Deben he is considered a true local amongst the local boating fraternity. Hands on and with a wealth of experience, Richard can be seen driving the crane, welcoming visitors and is happy to help you with any aspect of the marina’s activities.

Mark ‘Coops’

Mark is the Marina Manager who has been with us for 16 years and has over 25 years experience in the marine industry. Mark has also recently taken on the role of Technical Sales Manager for Propspeed UK Ltd, based at the Tidemill.
Mark is a good source of local information and can often be found following the ‘historic tour of Woodbridge’ encompassing The Anchor, The Mariners, The Crown etc.

Mike ‘The Pipe’

If you can’t find him, look for the smoke signals… Mike is the Harbour Master and can often be found in the workboat in and among the pontoons.
Whilst Mark is a big fan of GRP, Mike is more the Old Wooden Smack type.. When Mike wins the lottery, he’s going to buy 300 gallons of black tar, but we’re not sure if that’s for caulking a Bawley Trawler or for the pipe!

Steve ‘Sparky’

Steve is a round Britain sailor, musician and a demon with a voltmeter! With vast knowledge of marine electronics, Steve can assist with installations, diagnostics and fault finding.
I am very pleased to announce that Steve Ward recently passed his National Marine Electronics Association exams and is now a qualified Marine Electronics Installer! Whether you require installation of a modern navigation system, your autopilot needs upgrading or your GPS sorted, Steve is your man!

Caroline ‘Giggles’

Caroline is a new face at the Tidemill and is assisting with the day to day running of the marina and Propspeed, working alongside ‘Coops’ and ‘The Boss’.
With the nickname Giggles, you may hear her coming before you see her!


Henry “known as Henry!”

You may well recognise Henry as he spent many weekends at the marina in his youth helping out. Now a qualified Mechanical Engineer he is trained in all aspects of engineering work and specialises in hydraulics. Keen to help, if you need any advice he’s your man!


Ivan “The Pirate”

Ivan has joined the TMYH as our Maintenance Man. Having restored a Morris Griffiths Eventide, raced dinghys in his youth and been in the Navy he has a love of all things boat related! In charge of maintaining the grounds but also happy to lend a hand where needed in the workshops.

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