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Our Team

We pride ourselves on our passion for quality craftsmanship and our attention to detail

When we design and build a yacht to your exact specifications, we realise that we are not just creating a bespoke vessel but fulfilling a dream.

Every aspect of the process is underpinned by respect for Cornwall’s rich maritime heritage and an acute understanding of how time-honoured skills can combine with the latest technology to offer the best of both worlds – the clean lines of a traditional craft with state-of-the-art performance.

Management Team

Heading up our 30-strong company of professionals and craftsmen is our experienced management team

Dave Cockwell

Dave Cockwell

Managing Director and Founder

Having dedicated his entire working life to the building and restoring of wooden boats, Dave is a skilled shipwright. With extensive experience of every type of hull construction and joinery, he is driven by the search for the ultimate challenge.

Kat Bruce

Kat Bruce

General Manager

After gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham University, Kat first worked at Jaguar and Land Rover, then on board Superyachts and J Class yachts followed by some major refit projects. After two such projects in Falmouth, Kat fell for what Cornwall has to offer and decided now was the time to move back ashore. With its superyacht standard work and its can-do attitude, Cockwells seemed to be the perfect place.

Rob Birch

Rob Birch

Project Manager

Rob has been working at Cockwells since 2013 and has been the driving force behind our ever-expanding range of Duchy Motor Launches.

Henry Ward

Henry Ward

Design Manager

Henry is our resident creative genius who develops new designs and produces our construction drawings. He joined our management team straight after graduating with a BA(Hons) degree in Transport Design and exhibiting his final-year project at London’s prestigious New Designers show.

Louise Muir

Louise Muir

Purchasing Manager

Louise joined us in 2015 to fill the ever-increasing gap in our office team as a result of our continuous expansion. As a buying manager, Louise now takes care of all our stock both for the yard and the boatbuilding business.

Rupert Waters

Rupert Waters

Engineering Manager

Rupert joined Cockwells in 2015 to head up Cockwells’ Engineering and Electrical team. His broad depth of modern and classic marine systems makes him ideally suited to manage both our refits and new build specifications ranging from state of the art Superyacht Tenders to Sailing Classics as well as managing the seasonal yard activities.