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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 50-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.

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.

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

Programme Manager

Mark spent his childhood pottering in boats on the Scottish west coast. During his career path he has worked for some of the world’s finest yards on a diverse range of vessels from small jet driven power vessels through to Grand Prix carbon race yachts. Mark’s project management skills and thorough understanding of composite production helps to drive a happy and constructive team at Cockwells.

Alice Préat

Alice Préat

Operations Manager

Alice grew up spending most of her summer holidays sailing around the Channel, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. After graduating with degrees in communications and journalism, a move into the yachting industry seemed like a natural choice.
Alice joined the company in 2014 and now runs the operations at Cockwells.

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.

Tristan Rowe

Tristan Rowe

After-sales care manager

Tristan grew up in Mylor, spending much of his life on and around the water, and he has amassed more than 20 years’ experience of working within the marine industry. Since 2007, he has worked at Pendennis Shipyard as a member of their sales team. He joined Cockwells in 2018 as after-sales care manager.

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.