The Riela Yachts Safety and Compliance Team work diligently to support the yacht’s operation. From reviewing documentation to ensure that it complies with the Port and Flag State legislation to assisting in general safety queries, the umbrella term of ‘yacht operation’ covers a wide range of matters which require a diverse skillset from dedicated team members.
Shortly after the founding of Riela Yachts, the Safety and Compliance team had just two members – Clive Harrison, Operations Director, and George Self, Safety and Compliance Manager. Clive leads the team, bringing a wealth of maritime experience from his 22-year service as a Deck Officer in the UK Royal Navy and 20-year career within the shipping and yachting industries.
George has had an equally colourful career path within the maritime industry, accruing a 10-year service of sea time across multiple positions on superyachts (Deckhand, Chief Officer and Chief Stewardess). Today, in addition to her daily role, George represents Riela Yachts in her Ambassadorship for the diversity and equality not for profit organisation, She of the Sea.
In 2017 a welcome shift occurred within the Safety and Compliance team as Riela Yachts took over the Southampton-based yacht management company, Inserve Yachts, to create what we know today as Riela Yachts (UK) Limited. With this takeover, the wider Riela team welcomed a group of well-versed individuals, including Safety and Compliance Managers Megan Crouthers and Giuseppe Corrado. Both Giuseppe and Megan have grown to become integral parts of the Riela Yachts team, taking on numerous roles and duties within the Group with great pride.
Four shortly became five when Ewelina Cieliszak joined the team in 2018 as a Trainee Safety and Compliance Administrator. Ewelina has developed vastly within the Riela Group, recently being promoted to Safety & Compliance Administrator, Ewelina now supports all yachting operations.
Together, the Riela Yachts Safety and Compliance team form a diverse group of subject matter experts who offer their clients comprehensive solutions with multilingual possibilities, together being fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Polish. No day is the same in the Riela Yachts Safety and Compliance team, evidenced by the vast-ranging tasks embraced daily.
The Riela Yachts Safety and Compliance team’s core mission is to support Owners, Managers, Captain, and crew, in the operation of their yacht. The team place specific emphasis on ensuring a safe and pollution-free environment, in compliance, where applicable, with national and international regulations. In order to fully support the yacht’s operations and understand their unique challenges, the team take every opportunity to get to know and understand the Owner and the Captain’s vision towards the enjoyment and operation of their yacht.
The innate drive of the Safety and Compliance team to ensure the best possible service for their clients means that no task is viewed as ‘too big’ or ‘too difficult’. Providing workable and pragmatic solutions is what they have become known for. The team frequently go out of their way to fulfil requests that may otherwise be considered as ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ for a typical yacht safety team. Examples of the team’s personal client relationship often take form in coordinating the demands of extraordinarily large and complex events on board, including unique cruising activities and bespoke travel plans.
Like the Riela Yachts Product and Development team, the Safety and Compliance team are constantly looking to improve and enhance the advice and support delivered to all clients. Both teams work closely together in implementing this into the Riela eSMS, utilising all the available feedback, to consistently improve over time.
Since 2017, the Safety and Compliance team have come a long way in terms of development. From innovating and strengthening their processes to adopting and embracing the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote emergency response techniques were honed along with the remote Internal Audits and the team are now more confident than ever to deliver around-the-clock support from anywhere, even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Any team of individuals can carry out typical safety and compliance procedures, however, it is the people behind Riela Yachts and the lessons learnt along the journey which have consolidated the delivery of proactive and supportive safety solutions which the wider Riela team take great pride in.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
René Otto is the Financial Manager at Riela Yachts and responsible for overseeing the financial and accounting systems at the company.
René is a qualified chartered Accountant with over 18 years’ experience in administering finance and corporate services within the shipping, telecommunications and property maintenance industry.
Specialising in arranging financial and corporate service solutions for clients, René can provide the tools to ease the administrative load and bring peace of mind to our clients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giuseppe Corrado is a Safety & Compliance Manager / Deputy DPA, CSO and Director at Riela Yachts UK. Giuseppe ensures that our Safety Management System is fit for purpose and correctly implemented across the fleet of superyachts.
After 8 years in the cruise sector Giuseppe moved ashore to further his studies at university attaining a Bsc (Hons) degree in Marine Operations Management. Since joining in 2015, Giuseppe is very much enjoying the new challenges that the yachting industry brings
Having worked both onboard and shore-based, Giuseppe brings a range of skills, knowledge and contacts to our company and has earned a reputation for supporting a strong safety culture and providing a practical and professional approach to the delivery of company services.
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.
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”.
Daniel Oram is a qualified ACCA accountant who brings just under 10-years’ experience in accounting to Riela Yachts.
Daniel brings a wealth of experience to the team as he takes on the role of Senior Accountant for Riela Yachts. Across his career, Daniel has specialised in audits, fund accounting, property investment accounting, shipping and more recently, yachting.
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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.
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.
Cameron (Fin) Findlay is Riela Yachts’ Trainee Yacht Safety & Compliance Assistant. Fin works alongside Giuseppe and George on the implementation of Riela Yachts’ Safety Management System and operational compliance across the fleet of yachts at the company.
Fin has over a decade of dinghy sailing experience where he developed a keen interest in the yachting industry. He also has a varied employment history which combined with his sailing experience he is hoping to apply his own knowledge and skills to the role.
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 Psychology degree from Nottingham Trent University.
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.