Meet the Course Director
Director of Sales, Ocean Independence
Toby began his maritime career as a trainee shipwright with Coombes Boatyard in the UK restoring and maintaining mainly classic yachts. A chance meeting with a yacht broker led to a part-time brokerage role at Ancasta International Boat Sales while undertaking an HND in Maritime Leisure Management at the College of Maritime studies in Warsash. Full time employment with Ancasta followed along with senior sales, business development and marketing roles at yacht builder Premier Yachts and then for Opal Marine, before joining superyacht broker and yacht charter specialist Cavendish White in 2002.
Following the Ocean Independence acquisition of Cavendish White in 2008, Toby is now Director of Sales and Marketing in addition to being a Group Board Member and Shareholder of the leading superyacht group and primarily based at the Zürich office in Switzerland. The role as Director of Sales and Marketing is exceptionally varied and primarily involves Toby providing day to day business and troubleshooting support for the group’s 50+ sales and charter brokers across 13 international locations.
Toby has served on the council of ABYA (Association of British Yacht Agents) and was elected to the MYBA (The Worldwide Yachting Association) governing board in March 2008, he then completed 4 years as MYBA President followed by 4 years as Chairman of the association’s commercial company All Yachting SAS, that owns and operates Yachtfolio.com and the MYBA Charter Show.
He has spoken at a number of high profile events and meetings, including the Future of Superyachts Forum, The Superyacht Owners Summit, Rothschild Private Bank annual client meeting, Posidonia Sea Forum and a special meeting of EU tax officials.
As an enthusiastic yachtsman, he has sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, he also has also completed two Atlantic crossings in small sailing yachts.