Matt Abbiss

Non-Executive Director

Matt has moved over to a Non-Executive Director as his company S6 Marine, dedicated to Yacht Sales now takes up 99% of his time. He is still a valued consultant to the diY team and will still be able to be there from the start of your yacht purchase journey, guiding you along the way helping you get the most from your yacht, then passing you over to us for Management &/or Charter Management. Matt is a qualified captain with an RYA Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor certificate. He has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles in over 30 years of sailing. During this time Matt has skippered 12 ARC transatlantics, 5 Fastnet races and hasten trophies at over 30 prestigious regattas. Aside from being a professional sailor Matt also has a degree in Law and in a previous life worked in Banking and Life Assurance.

Lizzie Abbiss

Managing Director

Lizzie, became acting Managing Director as the World went into lockdown in 2020 and is now heading things up permanently. Lizzie oversees the Management & Charter sides of the business and is responsible for working with the owners and crews; organising calendars and charters and also answering charter enquiries and putting together the perfect cruising holiday for clients. Lizzie has sailed since a young age, having grown up by the sea in Southend in Essex, she has sailed over 150,000 nautical miles and worked together with Matt for 20 years. Before her Marine career started, Lizzie studied Tourism & Business at Bournemouth University and worked for several years for Camp America in their London office.

Freya Lee-Jones

Yacht Management

Freya joined the company in March 2018 and is responsible for 99% of the administration behind Yacht Management. Freya deals with yacht registration, crew administration, crew employment, marinas and port bookings, liaising with owners and the yacht expenses, reporting to owners each month with their profit & loss accounts. Freya keeps the office a well oiled machine. Freya was a P.A. for thirteen people before joining us, so is well-equipped to handle the variation in her tasks.

Louise Foster

Crew Recruitment

Louise has helped out when needed from flights and itineraries for the staff, to resizing yacht photos for the website and yacht listings for the last 2 years but as of 2020 she is looking after our crew recruitment department. Louise was a sea cadet as a teen and studied at university in Southampton so has always been surrounded by the sea. Her career started in the property development industry, she took time out to have a family and we are slowly winning her round to returning to work on a more full-time basis.

MiMi The Frenchie

Morale Manager

Not just an office dog, Matt & Lizzie’s French Bulldog, Mimi is the one that keeps everyone smiling when the days are long. She welcomes all delivery drivers and barks at you when in the kitchen as that’s where her treats are kept!

Olivia Petty-Mayor

Charter Marketing

Olivia joined the team in February 2020, switching between diYachting & S6 Marine throughout the weeks, she is helping Lizzie with the charter marketing,  writing destination pieces, yacht features, social media etc as things start picking up she will become more invovled with the charter bookings and enquiries.  Olivia has always been surrounded by the sea and has grown up sailing dinghies at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club before going on to compete for the Sailing and Windsurfing squad at University and running the club as a committee member. Having completed her degree in Politics and International Relations, she has joined our team to begin her career in the yachting industry and hopes to join a yacht as crew in the future. In her spare time you will find her on the water either sailing, windsurfing or surfing.

Nikki Hackett

Accounts Administrator

Nikki joined us autumn 2019 and has quickly thrown herself into our multi-currency business and clients accounts. Having a background in customer services and accounts, she is quickly becoming a valued member of the team.

Holly Horner-Ellis

Yacht Management & Charter Assistant

Growing up in the English seaside town of Southend and travelling worldwide has given Holly a love for the sea and all things nautical. In the summer months she spends most of her time at her beach hut and enjoys going out on her paddle board or kayak. Holly recently completed a 3 week Superyacht Stewardess Hospitality course that has provided her with a strong understanding of the yachting world and the work involved with charters and yacht management to provide the best possible service. This was the perfect stepping stone before joining the diYachting & S6 Marine teams.