Class of September 2015

Adam West

Adam West

Before joining the Academy, Adam worked as a water sports and sailing Instructor in the UK, France, Greece and Australia. He has RYA Windsurf Senior Instructor, Dinghy Instructor, Safety Boat, Power Boat Level 2 and NVQ Level 2 Coach qualifications. During time in Australia, Adam also worked for Auswind, an official distributor of several leading windsurfing brands. His work involved repairing boards and sails and demonstrating equipment at events. In spare time he enjoys playing guitar, writing music and restoring cars and bikes. Enjoying practical construction and maintenance skills, with a view to working with high performance boats in the future, Adam joined the course.

Adrian Saint Aubyn

Adrian Saint Aubyn

Adrian joined the course from Falmouth but is originally from Venezuela. He studied Architecture at the Central University of Venezuela and has a qualification in Industrial Design. He is the founder and director of ‘Ecroart’, a design office providing practical design services and advice, which he has managed for the past 5 years. With a love for sailing, Adrian has a Yachtmaster certificate and joined the Academy to learn new practical boat building and woodworking skills.

Carson McLean

Carson McLean

Carson is from Yellowknife, Canada, and joined the Academy after working for a year in the Netherlands. After completing construction courses at high school learning skills such as roofing, framing and door and window installation, Carson went on to complete a 4 year Cabinet Making apprenticeship. In this time he worked for two different cabinet making firms and his work involved building and fitting bespoke kitchens and bathrooms and furniture. Wanting to develop his skills further with an interest in boat building and in particular, after admiring canal boats in Holland, wooden canal boat building, Carson decided to join the 38 week course.

Dan Adam-Azikri

Dan Adam-Azikri

Dan first developed an interest in working as a shipwright in 2004 after completing work experience at a boat yard in Southampton and helping with the refit of his family boat – a 40ft Marconi cutter rig. He later got a taste for life and work at sea when he had the chance to travel the world with his parents, working as crew aboard their boat. Bitten by the sailing bug he spent the next 5 years working aboard classic sailing yachts and also the 147ft Tall Ship Pelican in roles as deckhand, bosun and first mate. In this time he gained further maintenance skills, earned several maritime qualifications and covered over 40,000 nautical miles.

Frances-Rose Jones

Frances-Rose Jones

Fran joined the Academy from Bradford-on Avon. After achieving nine A and two A* grade GCSE’s, Fran went on to co-run Fitzmaurice Primary school’s Forest school before working as an AuPair in Paris. She later went on to work as Dive Master in Vietnam and an Open Water Scuba Instructor in Dubai, completing dive, scuba and emergency first aid qualifications. Continuing to live in Dubai, Fran went on to work as a learning assistant at Kings Dubai School and before joining the Academy, managed crèches at private events for Crèche Out. Wanting to start a new creative career in the marine industry, Fran decided to join the 38 week course.

Jon Lloyd-Davies

Jon Lloyd-Davies

Before joining the Academy, Jon worked for a world-leading multinational banking and financial services company in London for 29 years. His work included project and risk management, sales and service and product management in the UK and a number of different countries. Outside of work, Jon enjoys being on the water and loves walking in the countryside. His other interests are classic and American cars and travel. Seeking a change to a new practical career, Jon decided to join the 38 week course.

Max Bentley

Max Bentley

Max started sailing at a young age and has been in love with life and work on the water ever since. Through work as a Waterfront Maintenance Manager with Mark Warner and as a Site Manager for Embankment Marina, Max gained experience in the maintenance and repair of a wide range of traditional and modern boats. In spare time, Max enjoys competing in sailing events and in 2014 took part in a three month sailing adventure in the Artic attempting to sail through the North West Passage. Before joining the Academy, he started his own small business, ‘Bentley Yacht Services’. Wanting to develop his skills, he decided to join the BBA.

Robert Leach

Robert Leach

Bob joined the RAF at 16 as an apprentice engineer and served as an Air Radar Technician for over 10 years. Following his RAF career he continued to work as an engineer before a change of direction to complete a National Certificate in Aquatic Management, which he used to work as a Fish Wholesale Manager and Aquatic Advisor. He later went on to gain a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Leeds Metropolitan University before completing a PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. For the past 18 years Bob has taught maths to secondary school and sixth form students, most recently in Abu Dhabi. Wanting a new career working with wood, Bob joined the BBA.

Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson

Sam developed an interest in boat building from his Grandfather who came from a long line of boat builders based on the river Colne, near Sam’s family home in Colchester. While growing up, learning from his Grandfather, he enjoyed building coracles and small plywood boats in his back garden. During his fourth year studying Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, Sam met BBA Graduate Gail McGarva, who was giving a talk about traditional boat building skills at the Sheffield School of Architecture. His interests in boat building and woodworking were reignited and deciding he’d like to continue the family tradition of boat building, he joined the BBA.

Wilbur Law

Wilbur Law

Wilbur joined the Academy after completing A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Biology. He enjoys golf, sailing, woodworking and IT, and before joining the course, worked as a Contract Games Tester. He learnt to sail aboard a family friend’s yacht when he was a boy and over the years has enjoyed helping with maintenance and repair work to the yacht. A keen woodworker, in April 2015, he joined the Academy’s 5 day ‘Basic Woodworking 1’ course. Enjoying developing his skills but wanting to learn more, he decided to pursue a career in woodworking and boatbuilding and joined the 38 week course.