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.


Lara Marsh

Lara Morgan

Operations Manager

Lara’s background in logistics and administration means that she is well placed to look after our customers as well as managing our day to day operations and supporting the Swallow team.

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

Stefan Doughty

Production Manager

Stefan studied boat building at MITEC College, then went on to boat maintenance and repair for a number of years, before joining the Swallow Yachts team in 2014. He started as a boat builder working on a number of our boats, moving through the range before taking the Production Manager role in 2019.
With Stefan’s many years of experience here at Swallow, he has a great understanding of our boats and our production, placing him perfectly to manage his great team in producing our fantastic Yachts.
Paul Griffiths

Nick Peters

Technical Advisor

Experienced sailor Nick Peters, better known for co-founding the hugely successful performance dinghy brand RS Sailing, brings a huge wealth of experience and advice to Swallow Yachts and engages with Matt on product design.