Our Crew

Karen Schwerdt

Managing Director
Karen Schwerdt has over thirty years of experience in the Marine industry, mostly with the Beneteau brand. She started work with the former Beneteau Dealer on the Lake in the mid-eighties and apart from a four-year…
Jim Schwerdt brings with him a wealth of Industry knowledge. Formerly Managing Director of Melges Race Boats in the UK, he has travelled extensively, racing all types of craft, including doing the “Whitbread” in ‘89/90. His…
John Ettridge, (Karen’s brother and a founder member of the Maiden Marine team) is the Boat Yard Foreman and is a time served Boat Builder. He has twenty five years of experience in GRP repairs…

Chris Cianchi

Brokerage Sales Manager
Chris Cianchi joined the Maiden Brokerage department in February 2016. He had previously been working part-time with Lin in the Sail/Cover loft. A boat owner himself, his main expertise is in Management Training but he is…

Sue Gray

Accounts
Sue joined our team in 2018 and provides book keeping, accounts and office management to our team.

Mandy

Accounts
Sue is joined in the office by Mandy Barton on a part-time basis, who provides Management Accounts and up to date expertise on the Quickbooks accounts system.

Nick Morgans

Chandlery Sales
Nick Morgans started working in Maiden’s busy Chandlery shop in March 2016. As well as his previous chandlery shop experience, he is a Dinghy Sailing Instructor, along with being a coach for both Paddle Boarding and…

Fiona Charlton

Whitehaven Manager
Fiona Charlton runs the new branch for Maiden Marine in Whitehaven Marina, which focuses on Chandlery and Brokerage. She also has a wealth of Sailing knowledge and lives aboard a boat in the Marina, which gives…

Lin Gregory

Designer & Machinist in Sail Loft
The Canvas, Canopy and Sail Loft work is all carried out by Lin Gregory. She is incredible at designing and building custom built covers. She has extensive machining experience and can produce all types of covers/canvas…

Simon Crowder

Chief Engineer
Simon Crowder joined us in 2010 and has been a real asset to our team.  He specialises in marine engines and repairs a wide variety of inboard and outboard engines. He also drives the Yard crane…

Martin Dennison

Boat Yard Technician
Martin Dennison returned to our Boat yard team in 2015 having previously worked for us and brings with him great experience in all types of sailing and power boat repairs. He undertakes all types of boat…

Ian Turnbull

Boat Yard Technician
Ian Turnbull has recently moved to the Lake District from the South Coast, with his young family and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the Marine Industry.  He specialises in gel repairs and Yacht…

Neil Crowder

OB Sailing Tuition & Charter
Neil Crowder runs OB Sailing School & Charter business from our jetties. He provides sailing tuition to RYA standard and offers a variety of bareboat charter options. Click here to visit his website