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“We have gone from strength to strength here in London and the UK, presenting high-profile industry speakers and organising great social events. Members have become regulars and use YPY to connect with the industry and catch up with friends.”

Aline Serret  – YPY UK President

Our Chapter

In the UK, Young Professionals in Yachting was established 2015 and now counts more than 100 members in the London and across the country. Members meetings take place quarterly with guest speakers and networking at a variety of venues. Alongside these events we also organise various social events throughout the year and link with other chapters at worldwide industry events. Our Christmas party and South Coast sailing weekend have become unmissable traditions, together with the international sailing event.

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Board Members

Meet the board of YPY United Kingdom

Aline Serret

President

Charter Broker, Burgess

Aline was born in France but has lived in London since 2012 working as business developer, charter assistant and now as charter broker with Burgess. She loves socialising and expanding her network through networking and industry events. She has been involved in YPY London since its inception and is proud to be a part of the thriving global association it is today. Aline likes keeping fit and active, and roaming her local market and the city of London. She holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in International Business from Lyon III University and Kingston University London.

Aline Serret
President

Emmanuel Akintunde

Vice President

Emmanuel, an award-winning actor, musician and entrepreneur, is the Managing Director and Founder of GF Entertainment. GFE, as it is commonly coined by clients and stakeholders, is a boutique entertainment company providing A-list artists, DJs and access to the world’s most sought-after invitation-only events for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs), primarily within the Superyacht industry. Emmanuel, a fun, dynamic and professional director, has a unique 13 years experience in International Business and has been providing entertainment services within the superyacht industry since 2017.

Emmanuel Akintunde
Vice President

Elise Ciappara

Treasurer

Elise grew up on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. She has been in the yachting industry for over a decade, working as chief and purser on world travelling yachts from 30 – 90 meters, both private and charter before moving ashore to become Head of Yacht expeditions at Pelorus Yachting. During this time, she has sailed across the equator in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, over the Arctic circle, and crossed the Atlantic numerous times.

Holding qualifications as a Sommelier of Wine, Scottish Whisky and International Bartending as well as a Diploma in Norse Mythology, she is currently studying for further qualifications in Comparative Mythology, exploring storytelling trends from all over the world.

From synchronised service and cocktails at the summit of ancient glaciers, planting coral in French Polynesia, discovering new species in Madagascar or throwing events with fireworks and live music on remote tropical islands, Elise can be found working with guests, captains and brokers to provide innovative, ethical, and unique yacht experiences all over the world.

Elise Ciappara
Treasurer

Rob Armstrong

Board Member

Creative Director - ThirtyC Yacht Design

Rob has worked within the industry for over 10 years, applying his skills to some of the biggest and most reputable names in the industry. Brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts to the YPY team, Rob Works closely with all chapters on design and web projects to maintain YPY visual identity.

Rob Armstrong
Marketing

Eva Matson

Events

Assistant at Burgess

Eva Matson
Events

Emma Dallas

Board Member

Emma Dallas
Membership Coordinator

Abigail Davies

Community Manager/Events

Born in the UK, Abigail graduated with a degree in BA Fashion Marketing. She started her professional career in PR and marketing across the lifestyle sector, transitioning into the yachting world at media platform Superyachts.com. It was from here she then joined IYC UK starting in sales & charter, and more recently progressing into charter management. Abigail has experienced the benefits of joining YPY early on in her career and now as a board member is enthusiastic to be apart of building this ever growing global community of young professionals.

Abigail Davies
Community Manager/Events

Gabriella Richardson

Communications Director

Gabriella grew up in Mallorca and worked briefly onboard as crew, before moving back to the UK to study law and philosophy at the University of Liverpool. After graduating, she first joined TJB Super Yachts and later Camper & Nicholsons as a charter broker in the London office. She is currently a trainee solicitor with maritime law firm Campbell Johnston Clark and is also the founder of Yachting Ventures - the worlds' first startup accelerator for the yachting industry.

Gabriella Richardson
Communications Director

Past Speakers
John Leonida – Clyde and Co
www.clydeco.com
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure and transport.
Richard Lambert – Burgess
www.burgessyachts.com
Burgess is a superyacht brokerage company dealing with the sale; purchase, new construction, charter; yacht management, of luxury mega yachts over 30m (100 feet)
Sacha Bonsor and Stewart Campbell – Boat International
www.boatinternational.com
Boat International Media is a luxury lifestyle publishing company based in Wimbledon, London. The company publishes the magazines Boat International, Boat International US Edition and Dockwalk.
Andrew Winch – Winch Design
www.winchdesign.com
Winch Design is an award winning British Design studio that was established in 1986 as a specialist Interior and Exterior Yacht Designer.
Jeff Brown - Breed Media
www.breedmedia.com
Breed Media is a creative media service to the global Superyacht and Luxury market. Services include Photography, Film, Design, Print.
Tim Heywood – Tim Heywood Design
Tim Heywood, the multi award-winning yacht designer, has produced some of the finest and largest yachts on the water.
Testimonials

“I wanted to write and thank you both for giving BLUE the opportunity to speak in front of your London YPY members last night. Both Clare and I really enjoyed the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to extend our reach out among a new audience in the superyacht industry.
I hope you were both pleased with how it went. It was wonderful to receive the questions we did and have the chance to talk about our work in such depth.”

SJ SkinnerBlue Marine Foundation

“I was extremely impressed with YPY in London. Their enthusiasm for the yachting industry and their professional approach in arranging insightful events for their members that focussed on increasing their members knowledge is impressive. It was a great opportunity to meet with the members and it is extremely encouraging to witness the drive to increase personal development in the yachting industry.”

Richard LambertBurgess
Membership

Membership fees are £100/person/year. We also offer a corporate rate of £90/person/year when 4+ people from the same company join.

Membership gives you access to all our meetings as well as discounts for our special events and industry events throughout the year. Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December.

Due to current Covid restrictions in the UK, we are limited in our ability to host in-person events, but continue to provide access to online events both here and worldwide

First Attendance Free
£0.00
Free
Admission fee
£15.00
Paid on the door
Full Member
£100.00
Paid Yearly
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Contact us

uk@ypyinternational.org

Young Professionals in Yachting

United Kingdom

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Quarterly Members Meetings + Guest Speakers
Industry linked events & social activities.


Please check our events calendar for more details

You do not need to be member to attend – your first meeting is free, or apply for full membership.