The faces behind Swallow Yachts

Matt Newland

Matt Newland

Managing Director, Design and Sales

Matt studied engineering at Cambridge University and went on to work for a large US based management consultancy for several years after. A realisation that life was not only about money led him to a job with Tony Castro Yacht Design, and then on to join Swallow Yachts which his father had founded some years earlier. At that time Swallow Boats were renowned for their kit boats, supplied flat pack for owners to complete themselves. Changing customer trends and a domestic market that was too small to be viable, led Matt to change the focus of the business. The company gradually developed a range of dayboats and small yachts, moving into new purpose built premises in 2008 and expanding again in 2014. Further growth of the business and size of yachts led to the company being rebranded Swallow Yachts in summer 2015. Matt is married to Ana, they have three children whom he is desperately trying not to force into sailing.

 

Nick Peters

Nick Peters

South Coast Sales

Swallow Yachts’ South Coast Sales office is based on Hayling Island and skippered by experienced local Nick Peters. Nick is better known for co-founding RS Sailing, the hugely successful performance dinghy brand and as such brings a huge wealth of experience and advice to Swallow Yachts. He has literally been there and done it and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.

Nick has a BayRaider expedition available for demonstration from Northney Marina, Hayling Island.

Lara Marsh

Lara Marsh

Office Manager

Lara’s background in the logistics and legal sectors means that she is well placed to look after our customers as well as managing our purchasing, accounts, marketing and HR together with exports and brokerage.

Providing our signature great service for customers and owners, Lara is the key point for keeping you in touch with your boat as it’s built and for helping with anything you need once you’re sailing your Swallow.

Experienced and well organised, she makes things happen and gets things done!

Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths

Production Manager

Paul takes care of building your boat and running the production smoothly and efficiently. If you visit our Cardigan Bay workshop you will find him keen to show off the quality and craftsmanship that his team have produced.