Rob Tobin is the Managing Director of the Riela Group of Companies and is responsible for overseeing our business operations, our people and driving excellence in all we do.
Robert brings over 25 years of successful leadership and entrepreneurial experience across a range of industries including Family Office, corporate services, construction engineering, Superyachts, cyber security and information technology development to our Group, and to our customers.
In the past 15 years Rob has gained a prominent reputation within the Superyacht industry for his passion, integrity, innovation and achievements to date.
“Being part of an awesome, capable and forward-thinking team that have a shared passion for Superyachts, people and the environment is the highlight of my career and puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step every day”.
Louise Gimson is a Director, Senior Administrator and in-house HR Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the company and client accounts at the Riela Yachts.
With an extensive background in finance, Louise brings almost twenty years’ experience in accounts within the ship management industry to Riela Yachts, where she is dedicated to implementing dynamic solutions to benefit clients.
Louise has diversified her responsibilities by taking on data handling duties within the company and in 2016 began assisting the Operations Team with internal compliance procedures.
With over 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, Mitch has honed his expertise in yacht operations, maintenance, and consulting. His deep understanding of the industry’s intricacies, coupled with his commitment to excellence, has enabled Riela Yachts Monaco to emerge as a trusted partner for yacht owners. As a sailor, Mitch understands the importance of seamless yacht operations and prides himself on delivering exceptional service.
He works closely with yacht owners, captains, and crew members to create customized management plans prioritizing safety, efficiency, and optimal performance. Mitch’s unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction is quickly establishing Riela Yachts Monaco as a trusted partner in the yachting industry.
Clive Harrison is a Director at Riela Yachts and leads the Operations Team.
After a 22 year service as a Deck Officer in the UK Royal Navy, Clive moved ashore and is enjoying a second career, spanning over a decade, in the yachting industry and relishing the challenges that this brings.
Clive brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our Company and has earned a reputation for providing a professional and pragmatic approach to the delivery of our services.
Ken Hickling is a company Director at Riela Yachts (UK) Ltd.
Ken has spent over 30 years working in the Yachting industry at Boatyards and materials manufacturers, and more recently as a Specialist Business Advisor. During this time Ken has served as International Superyacht Society (ISS) President and is currently on the Superyacht UK Executive Committee. He also works as a project leader on the ISO work group focused on Superyacht Quality.
The experience that he brings to The Riela Group in optimising our internal business processes helps to ensure that the quality of service we provide to our clients is at the highest level.
Kurt Schrauwen is a Director of the Riela Group of companies which includes Riela Yachts, Riela Cyber and Riela Tech.
Kurt brings more than 20 years of leadership experience having been an early part of the global success of Microgaming in becoming a market leader. Kurt was responsible for the commercial, contractual, and technical sales for Microgaming and with this experience will complement the company’s growth strategy.
Kurt is passionate about business optimisation and prides himself in having an intrapreneurial outlook to maximise staff potential, reduce inefficiencies as well as identifying and maturing revenue growth opportunities.
George Self is a Safety & Compliance Manager and responsible for the implementation and development of operational compliance for yachts at the company.
Accruing a 10-year service of sea time, beginning as a deckhand before respectfully concluding her career as a Chief Officer, George now contributes a wealth of first-hand practice and insight into the support she now provides to yachts daily. George also brings shore side experience from her time working at a number of established Ship Management firms on the Isle of Man.
Jay Houghton is the Riela Group Finance Director. Jay is responsible for overseeing the Financial Strategy of the Group alongside the financial reporting and control structure of the Group and its companies.
As a qualified accountant with over 30-years in the financial and service industries, Jay has built a wealth of experience in business analysis, investment appraisal, financial control and reporting.
Trene Kinrade is the Head of Finance at the Riela Group, working closely with the Board of Directors to manage Riela Yachts and the wider finance functions of the Group.
Trene started her career with Deloitte LLP on the Isle of Man where she gained her ACCA qualification. During her time in Audit, Trene specialised in PCAOB and FTSE 100 audit clients in varying locations across the UK, Scottish Isles, and Channel Islands. Since moving into industry, Trene has predominantly worked in finance functions of listed companies in both eGaming and Manufacturing, bringing a diverse set of skills to Riela.
Delphine is a skilled financial expert with over 20 years of practice in accounting and financial management in the maritime and private aviation industry. As Riela Yachts Monaco’s Head Accountant, Delphine oversees all financial operations, ensuring accuracy, transparency, and compliance. With her strong attention to detail and analytical skills, Delphine plays a crucial role in maintaining the financial health of our company and providing valuable insights for strategic decision-making.
Izdihar is a diligent accountant with a passion for numbers and a keen eye for detail. With a strong background in financial analysis and reporting, Izdihar ensures the accurate and timely recording of financial transactions for our superyacht management business.
Tracy is a highly experienced yacht manager with an unwavering dedication to excellence in service delivery. With a deep understanding of the superyacht industry, Tracy oversees the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and crew management of our fleet. Tracy’s exceptional organisational skills, combined with her ability to handle complex logistics and ensure exceptional guest experiences, make her an invaluable asset to our team.
Alexandra Hernández is Riela Yachts’ Yacht Manager. As part of this, Alexandra is the initial point of contact for our vessels; working closely with our other specialists to provide support and service coordination. Alexandra supervises crew management and plays a heavy involvement in the development and maintenance of our award-winning electronic Safety Management System (eSMS).
Born and raised in Colombia, Alexandra completed her degree as a Lawyer, and she is on track to receive her diploma in Superyacht Management.
Alexandra’s legal background and experience within the Marine & Aviation industries cover a wide range of roles, helping to gain invaluable knowledge, develop communication skills and actively cultivate solid industry relationships to deliver the highest of standards in every project.
Mark Bridson is a Product and Development specialist and responsible for the integration of Laserfiche within the company and the developing of an electronic Safety Management System.
Marks career started in the Royal Air Force as a data analyst maintaining Aircraft engineering records and the provision of Aircraft statistics.
Returning to the Island Mark spent the next 25 years working in IT for an aircraft design company. In this role he provided Computer Aided Design and document management support for offices within the UK and Europe.
Moving from the Aircraft industry to Maritime, Mark has spent two years with a Yachting software solutions company using Laserfiche to design purchase ordering systems for Superyachts.
Christian is involved across the Riela family of companies with particular attention to the technology businesses, Cyber and Tech.
Christian gained a postgraduate Master in Finance degree at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Before joining us, Christian worked for six years at Argosy Capital, an Isle of Man-based private equity and venture capital business focusing on early-stage growth businesses. At Argosy, he focused on managing investment companies, research and financial analysis and served as a director on several boards.
Sara Alves joined Riela in October 2022 and is responsible for client and management accounting within the Finance Team.
Born in Porto, Portugal, she has lived in South Africa, Angola, Iceland and now, the Isle of Man.
After accumulating more than 25 years as qualified Chartered Accountant, Sara has experience within a diverse range of fields, cultural environments, and tax jurisdictions.
Sara is passionate about teamwork, and strongly believes that the synergy created by the individuals of a dedicated team is immeasurably greater than its individual parts.
As the Head of Group Sales at the Riela family of companies, Matthew leads the company’s sales strategy, execution, and growth.
Matthew has a successful record building trusted client relationship and delivering upon set expectations. An accomplished sales leader, he delivers a sales process that provides clients with the information and support they need to make the right decisions for their organisations and their constituents.
Matthew has significant experience within the maritime industry having previously worked across various sectors including insurance, security, satellite communications and managed IT. Matthew’s most recent experience encompasses almost 5 years spent with the leading satellite communications and managed IT provider in the maritime industry, focusing on their superyacht clientele.
Christian Crompton is the Riela Yachts’ Product and Development Lead responsible for translating the requirements and operations of the Safety and Compliance team and implementing this into the forefront of the electronic Safety Management System (eSMS).
Since graduating with a first-class honours degree in Computer and Information Security in 2018, Christian has worked on designing and developing superyacht solutions using Laserfiche in the Maritime Software Industry.
With Christian’s security background and software experience streamlining business processes, Christian applies his knowledge into the Riela Yachts strategy and innovates new systems for both Riela and their clients.
Sharon Camarda is Riela Yachts Crewing Administrator where she works closely alongside Tina Dahn in assisting with the administration of yacht crew contracts, monthly payroll and certification.
With experience in both the finance and aviation industries, Sharon brings a wealth of experience to the Riela Yachts team.
Alex Worthington, Safety and Compliance Officer, joined Riela Yachts after a rewarding career at sea as a Chief Officer/Acting Captain.
Alex’s extensive twelve years work within the yachting industry and seven in Merchant Navy gives him a considerable amount of practical experience in ISM, new build and hands on knowledge.
Alex now applies this expertise to the compliance activities at Riela Yachts as insight is shared with our fleet of vessels.
As a Marketing Executive, Alex is responsible for all marketing duties spanning the Riela Group.
Alex joined the Riela Group in August 2020, shortly after graduating with a 1st class degree from Nottingham Trent University. Since graduating, Alex has gained her Distinction grade Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and she is currently working towards achieving her Diploma.
With past work experience in content marketing, event management and web design, Alex is able to apply her creative and analytical skills into the Riela strategy.
Tony Partridge is a Product and Development specialist at Riela Yachts where he will be working closely alongside Mark Bridson and Christian Crompton. Tony’s main focus is building an innovative client focused dashboard, whilst providing a new outlook and perspective to our current processes, policies and procedures.
Before joining Riela, Tony started his own web development business where he built applications and websites for a large group of different sectors, growing a strong and long-lasting clientele base. With over 10 years of experience, Tony brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to the Riela Yachts team which will be used to help progress the company’s development through the innovation and development of Riela Yachts solutions.
Anne Buchanan is a Bookkeeper within Riela’s Accounting Team.
After joining in October 2022, Anne actively works alongside the team to deliver excellent service to both companies and clients.
With an ACCA CAT qualification and vast practical bookkeeping and accounting experience, she prides herself in being organised and efficient, with meticulous attention to detail. Anne utilises her extensive analytical and communication skills to full advantage within the team.
Cameron “Fin” Findlay became a part of the Riela Yachts team in late 2021, initially joining as a Trainee Yacht Safety & Compliance Assistant. Fin’s commitment and dedication have enabled him to understand the intricacies of the industry from the ground up, leading him to being promoted to Yacht Safety & Compliance Assistant in early 2023. Fin is now a qualified Company Security Officer (CSO), actively contributing to the implementation of Riela’s Safety Management System across our fleet, working closely alongside Clive Harrison and George Self.
Daniel Buenconcejo joined Riela Yachts’ Finance Team in early 2023, leading a vital part of the team as Bookkeeper.
Daniel carries over 15 years of expertise in handling accounts and financial matters, and with a career journey encompassing various roles, he has a strong track record of excellence and is committed to delivering top-notch financial solutions.
Tina Dahn is a Crew Officer and responsible for the administration of yacht crew contracts, monthly payroll and crew certification at Riela Yachts.
After a 12 year service in the Royal Navy undertaking various administration and PA roles, Tina began working for the NHS in 2001 and was responsible for duties including managing payroll, recruitment and HR administration.
Tina returned to the Isle of Man to undertake the role of Crewing Officer in the superyacht industry in 2011, where she oversaw a portfolio of clients whom she provided crew employment, administration and payroll services.