Bob Sims Joins Aquafax

Watermota Proud to Introduce Their New Stock Controller

The Company is continuing to grow and has appointed Fiona Bowdler to be a part of the service team within their Newton Abbot office.

Fiona has previously won the 1.3L and 2.0L British National Championships and set a speed record on Coniston water of 84.6 mph. She now helps out at offshore powerboat racing events as a helper rather than a competitor.

Aquafax, the UK’s leading technical distributor of marine equipment, is pleased to announce and welcome Bob Sims to the team. Bob will be responsible for providing technical support to our trade partners, focusing on our Marine Electronics portfolio, B&G, Lowrance and C-Map brands, he will further strengthen our market leading technical team.

Previously working for Marine Electronics specialist Raymarine, Bob has over 30 years of industry expertise and specialist knowledge. Whilst with Raymarine he was responsible for providing technical support to subsidiary sales offices, international distributors, retailers, and service dealers. In recent years, Bob has focused on full system support for UK OEMs and is an authority on Autopilot installations.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Aquafax,” said Bob Sims. “I look forward to working closely with our trade partners, sharing my knowledge and expertise where needed. Aquafax have made significant investment in their technical support offering, with a fantastic new facility at Hamble. They are best placed to service the requirements of suppliers and trade customers. I am proud to be part of this next chapter for Aquafax and will reach out to old industry contacts to assist in growing Navico’s market share.”

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Fiona said, “I’ve been involved in the motor trade since leaving school and was Body Shop Manager for a company in Heathrow for several years. I have always been interested in engines and was the Parts Purchaser for a major motor franchise before sadly being made redundant due to Covid-19. This is when I started working for Watermota as their Stock Controller in March.”

Alison Merrick, Managing Director, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Fiona as part of our team and she has already made a huge impact to the business. Fiona's previous experience has given her a lot of qualities that are a real asset for us. Since starting in March, we have already found Fiona to be a pleasure to work with and are grateful for the improvements she has already made.”

Ocean Safety Appoints New Southern Area Commercial Sales Manager

Ocean Safety, specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment,

has appointed Phil Jenner as Southern Area Commercial Sales Manager. Phil steps up to the role from an initial period as Sales Coordinator within the internal sales team.

Phil will ensure the continuity of vital support that the company gives to its customers within the shipping, commercial fishing, superyacht, ferry and shipbuilding sectors in the busy south of England region. He will work closely with existing customers in the area while developing new business opportunities, providing Ocean Safety’s high level of customer support and consultancy to tailor bespoke safety specifications and fulfil personalised solutions. The vast product portfolio at Ocean Safety includes man-overboard recovery equipment, SOLAS and non-SOLAS liferafts and lifejackets, and lifesaving equipment for dockside areas.

The appointment is an internal promotion for Phil who recently joined Ocean Safety bringing with him a demonstrable track record in sales following a ten year career in Sales and Operations at Lymington Yacht Charters.

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Ocean Safety’s Sales Director, Mark Acaster, comments, “I am delighted to see Phil step up to this key role here at Ocean Safety. This is a pivotal time for the business and his enormous sales operations expertise will greatly benefit our commercial vessel customers.”

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