by Pete Green
Halcyon Yachts welcomes Phil Wood into the role of Operations and Sales Manager. With over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, marketing, logistics and training, Phil brings a wide range of skills to the position.
Phil has an extensive background in the marine industry both on and off the water. Phil is an MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and RYA Instructor and has worked in many roles: with Steve White’s Toe in the Water campaign for the Vendée Globe, running flotillas in the Caribbean, managing all of Sailtime UK’s south coast charter yachts and has been first mate on an Oyster 82, to name but a few.
Prior to getting the sailing bug Phil spent over 10 years working in the broadcast and film business, running technical sales and consultancy for many large projects including the Americas Cup in Auckland and the Beijing Olympics. He also worked on feature films such as King Kong and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He spent several years living in South East Asia consulting on regional digital TV projects including the high-level design of the worlds first digital internet television system in Hong Kong.
Most recently Phil has held several senior positions in the marine industry, he was the Senior Operations Manager for the Drum Cussac Group, providing maritime risk management services to both commercial shipping and superyachts specifically in maritime anti-piracy operations. Latterly he became the Market Development Manager, providing strategic research and planning for the whole business.
Commenting on his appointment: “I’m delighted to be working with Halcyon Yachts. As the leading yacht delivery business out there, I’m really looking forward to my role in continuing to provide the best customer service to our clients. With a wide and varied background in many aspects of business, both marine and professional services, I hope to bring that knowledge and expertise and build upon what is already a best in class reputation”. Phil added, “I’m also incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the yacht delivery skippers and crew at Halcyon Yachts, it will be a pleasure providing yacht delivery services with these incredibly dedicated and passionate sailors”.
Pete Green, Director of Halcyon Yachts, added: “Phil has the perfect balance of managerial and operational experience along with a background as an accomplished skipper and RYA instructor. His passion and drive to deliver the highest possible quality of service will mean that he fits in perfectly with the team at Halcyon Yachts. We have a growing and loyal client base both here in the UK and overseas. I have no doubt that Phil will embrace the challenges of ensuring a first-class yacht delivery service for all of our clients.”