Class of March 2013

The Class of March 2013 showed exceptional focus and ability from the start. Most started work at least an hour before the 0830 official start time. The boats rapidly took shape. The group’s launch day, 9 December 2013, was pretty impressive. Despite the range of ages and backgrounds, the group was tightly knit and worked superbly as a team. Below are the people who made up the Class of March 2013. They are built eight boats which launched on 9 December 2013. About two hundred people joined us to see the boats launched and help the students celebrate their new skills.

Alex Kennedy

Alex Kennedy

Alex has been employed and worked throughout the motor industry in retail and sales and has owned and run a chauffeuring business.  He also worked and travelled in Australia.  He enjoys sailing, swimming and cycling.  Describing himself as a ‘hands-on’ person, Alex is now looking for a new challenge and has chosen boat building as his next venture.

Brian Reford

Brian Reford

Brian has been rebuilding Land Rovers since he was 13.  He took ‘A’ Levels in Design and Technology, Physics and Photography.  At 16 his school arranged a week’s work experience at Henwood and Dean which launched Brian’s ambition to become a boat builder.  On leaving school he worked for a haulage and road surfacing company as a welder/fabricator mobile mechanic before joining the course at the Academy.  Brian likes building ‘one off’ things and custom fabrication, excellent interests for a boat builder.

George McKimm

George McKimm

George has worked as a self employed builder for the past three years, mainly undertaking property renovation projects.  He has also worked in New Zealand re-fitting boats and as a fabricator for Princess Yachts.

James Goulding

James Goulding

James went to school in Dubai and then moved back to the UK to complete a BTEC National Diploma in Design at Chichester College.  Previous work ranges from being a carpenter in Bournemouth to a sales executive in Dubai.  James enjoys music – playing both guitar and drums.  He is looking for a new career in the marine industry and to travel the world.

John Sykes

John Sykes

John has spent the last 30 years working in commercial shipping and decided a break was needed…

Keith Bowers

Keith Bowers

Keith has a BSc in Computer Studies from the University of Glamorgan and been employed in a variety of roles including a labourer, a bar supervisor and most recently as a support officer for Worcestershire County Council.  Keith will look for employment in the marine industry in Bristol after completing the course.

Martin Lammers

Martin Lammers

Martin became involved in the maritime industry when he was young, starting out as delivery crew and deck crew on yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.  He then went on to study for a BEng in Yacht Power Craft Design at Southampton Solent University.  It is Martin’s aim to work in a boatyard where he can be involved in both design and build.

Nick Roche

Nick Roche

Nick has spent 16 years working in conservation and community development in Africa and Asia managing various projects in Nepal and Nigeria.  He has worked for the last 10 years in forest management and public consultation in northwest England.  His interests include photography, bird watching, painting and carpentry.  He is hoping to start a new career in the marine industry after completing the course.

Roman Rodriguez

Roman Rodriguez

Keen surfer Roman is originally from Uruguay but also holds an Italian passport.  He studied Architecture and is a qualified Architectural Technician.  Roman was living and working in Spain as a carpenter when he met English fiancée Anna.  Before the course they were  living in Bali, but relocated to the UK to enable Roman to join the course.

Toby Williamson

Toby Williamson

After deciding Sixth Form College was not for him, Toby worked at his parents’ horticulture nursery in Worcestershire.  He has a passion for vehicles and has been restoring a 1980 Austin Morris Minivan.  Toby plays squash, golf and enjoys clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing.  After seeing a feature on the Boat Building Academy in ‘Coast’ magazine, Toby visited us and decided to join the long course and train as a boat builder.

Tom Oughton

Tom Oughton

Tom has been a member of Weymouth Canoe Lifeguards since the age of 13 and has worked as a lifeguard and an activity instructor for PGL in France.  He wanted to find a new ‘skill-based’ career that was both practical and included problem solving.  Tom became inspired by boat building after his father built a strip-planked kayak.  Tom chose the Boat Building Academy as the place to train for his new career because of the high level of training and the fact that many students move on to work for large companies after completing the course.