Boat Building Academy Staff
Tim Gedge – Director
Commander Tim Gedge founded the school of boat building in 1997 after a career in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. After a two-year break from the school he returned in January 2006 as a Director. For some years a Yacht Master examiner he has sailed and raced extensively; more recently he was a member of the Council of the Marine South West group within the South West Regional Development Agency and of other marine business associations in the region. Tim is a regular visitor to the Academy.
Yvonne Green – Principal
Yvonne Green has a wide-ranging background, from working as a training officer for the Civil Service to teaching fiction writing to adults and Art Director for Hallmark Cards. She started an art gallery and artists’ agency in Manchester, gained an MA in Novel Writing as a mature student and has worked as a freelance editor and reader. Yvonne joined the Academy in 2005.
Janine Cashin – Administration
Janine spent 20 years working in the textile industry. In 2013 Janine wanted a complete career change and joined the Boat Building Academy. In addition to general administration, Janine deals with the short course programme, events, answering enquiries, taking bookings and organising accommodation.
Geoff Barrett – Bookkeeping
Geoff worked in electronics manufacturing for 30 years, mostly in production planning and integrating and supporting accounting and manufacturing systems. Geoff joined the Academy in November 2015 and works two days per week.
Tony Bidgood - Machinist
After traveling the world in the Forces Tony settled in East Devon and began reflecting on directions for a new career. He worked for a tree surgeon and local timber-framing company, but wanted to get a formal education in fine woodworking and was recommended a Boat Building Academy course. Tony joined the 12 week Woodworking Skills course in September 2016 and built this ‘treasure chest‘ which when opened up revealed chess and backgammon boards. Tony began as part-time Machinist at the Academy in January 2017.
Steve Hewins – Technician
Steve has worked as a swimming instructor, upholsterer and groundskeeper. He first joined the BBA as a student on the Woodworking Skills course. When the Academy needed a Technician to work with ‘Woodworking Skills’ students, we asked Steve if he would be interested in joining us again on a different side of the workbench. Steve moved from Cheshire to join the team in Lyme Regis at Christmas 2013.
Jonathan Pritchard – Stores
Jon lives in Bridport and has a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. In 2011 he completed the Academy’s 8 week ‘Woodworking Skills’ course. Jon also runs his own business ‘JCP Design’ designing and making bespoke wooden speakers using the skills he learned at the Academy.
Wendy Sartin – Housekeeper
Originally from Leatherhead in Surrey, Wendy moved to Lyme Regis over 30 years ago. She is the mother of four children, and Housekeeper at the Lyme Regis Marine Centre. Wendy’s hobbies are hunting (mugs, teaspoons, whoever left dirty crockery in the kitchen sink) and shooting (whoever left dirty crockery in the kitchen sink).
Mark Kingsley - Maintenance
In his youth Mark was a drummer in the National Youth Orchestra. He restores classic cars and motorbikes, has two greyhounds, plays guitar and writes and produces music that has been played at festivals all over the world.