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“YPY is a fantastic global community, connecting land based yachting professionals across all aspects of the industry.
It’s exciting to see young professionals share knowledge, build long lasting professional relationships and benefit from personal development through networking.”

Abigail Davies  – 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

Abigail Davies


Charter Consultant, IYC

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 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

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


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

Lorna Cowan

Head of Marketing and Communication

Born in UK but grew up in France at her family-run Chambre d'Hôtes. Lorna joined the yachting industry as a stewardess in 2013. After a very rewarding career as crew onboard superyachts, she is now retraining in technology with Computer Network Defence (CND). Using her yachting experience, she helps deliver cyber security to their maritime clients.

Lorna Cowan
Head of Marketing and Communication

Eva Matson


Assistant at Burgess

Eva Matson
Membership Director

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
Sponsorship Manager

Conrad Empson

South Coast Representative

Managing Director of CrewPass

Conrad started his career in the yachting industry nearly ten years ago, working as crew on superyachts. Four years ago, he decided to return to shore and quickly carved himself a new career in maritime security. During this last year, he designed and launched a highly successful innovative crew management software company CrewPass, running background checks on crew, which is becoming part of the standard process for marine employment and common practice by agencies, vessels and crew members.

Conrad Empson
South Coast Representative

Remie Grice

Events Director

Associate - Hill Dickinson LLP

Remie graduated with a law degree in the UK and then went onto work on superyachts in the Med; both private and charter.
When returning to the UK, Remie qualified as a lawyer and is now an associate in the yachts team at Hill Dickinson, advising a range of international clients on the sale and purchase of yachts.

Remie Grice
Events Director

Past Speakers
Farouk Nefzi - CMO Feadship
Based in the Netherlands and with roots dating back to 1849, Feadship is recognised as the world leader in the field of pure custom superyachts. Because every new Feadship is the best we ever built, all boats in our fleet set a new standard in terms of craftsmanship, design, engineering and construction. It's what we like to call the relentless pursuit of perfection.
Jamie Edmiston - CEO
Edmiston is one of the world’s most successful and respected yacht brokerage companies. With offices in London, Monaco, New York, Newport and Mexico City, Edmiston is a company synonymous with revolutionising yacht marketing.
John Leonida – Clyde and Co
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure and transport.
Richard Lambert – Burgess
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
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
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
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.

“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 fees are £150/person/year. We also offer a corporate rate of £135/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.

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