From two old friends getting together to draw boats to a simply stunning historic studio with a thirty strong team and with now over seventy superyachts launched. RWD has a wonderful heritage, although I have to say I feel we are just getting going!
Each morning our extraordinary team arrives at the studio and spends their day being talented, dynamic, professional and inspiring for an ever growing list of owners that love being part of an engaging, collaborative and enjoyable process, always resulting in a highly personal and bespoke yacht, always reflecting each and every owner and their own unique lifestyle aboard.
It’s a great privilege to be part of this collaborative, highly regarded and truly exceptional collective and I am very proud of what is created here each and every day.
I believe I can also say, looking forward, that every single commission and launch for many years to come, will always reflect the drive of the whole studio for truly collaborative yacht design, where the enjoyment of the design journey is as important as the destination and where the yachts will always be as varied and visionary as our owners.
Thank you to the RWD team and thank you to our Owners, past and present and to those who will be part of our future.
After graduating as a naval architect from the Yacht and Small Craft Design course at Southampton Institute in 1977, Tony moved into yacht interior design which resulted in 18 years working with the renowned John Mumford
Fourteen years ago Tony joined Justin at RWD, bringing his wealth of experience from John’s studio to the flourishing partnership and the business has grown from strength to strength with the addition of Toby Ecuyer at the helm of the creative department.
Helping to develop RWD over this time into one of the most successful design studios has been incredibly fulfilling for Tony. Training a fantastic team of young designers into high achievers has been a very rewarding experience. During this time he has worked in a variety of styles from the modern Kokomo sailing yacht to the classical SY Nazenin and SY Erica. His most stunning project to date was the design for the interior of a 155m royal yacht built in Germany to an exceedingly high specification.
Sailing remains a lifelong passion for Tony and he still enjoys the thrill of being on the water, whether for work or leisure.
With an architectural education and background in high end commercial interiors, Toby began his yacht design career in 2000 with the idea of combining his great passion for sailing and his fascination for design. He went on to join RWD in 2004 and became creative director in 2007, more recently in 2013 he was made a partner. Toby has a creative overview on all aspects of RWD’s portfolio and works closely with clients in establishing the design for their individual projects.
Toby is also the project director for the RWD Auto Tour which has been gathering pace since it’s inauguration in 2008. Initially dreamt up as method of transport to get to Monaco in time for the Yacht Show, the annual rally is now nearing 25 classic or supercars and approximately 50 participants.
Ian joined the team in the summer of 2014 and was appointed Managing Director in January 2015. His role is to oversee the successful management and delivery of the growing portfolio of incredible new projects that RWD is undertaking worldwide.
Ian is a qualified Business and Project Manager who started his career in Southampton, and for the last 29 years has built an outstanding international reputation in the yachting sector. Ian has been both a Superyacht Skipper and new build Project Manager, bringing a wealth of experience including the build and delivery of the largest private yacht ever built in England. Ian is also a keen racing sailor and has a passion for shooting and classic cars.
Arne joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2006 as Design Manager. Originally from Berlin, he studied Yacht and Powercraft Design at Southampton Solent University. Arne’s first job was in the engineering department of the Pendennis shipyard, before he joined the team at RWD nearly 10 years ago. His interest in RWD was triggered by the team’s dedication to excellence, attention to detail and the friendly atmosphere.
Finance and Studio Manager
Mel joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2009. Mel’s role is finance and HR manager. She has a degree in Economics and spent several years working as an analyst and management consultant in London. Then she discovered sailing and ran away to sea spending several years working as a chef on Superyachts. In a bizarre coincidence all the yachts she ever worked for were designed by either Justin Redman or Tony Dixon so following a move to Hampshire joining RWD seemed the perfect way to combine her financial skills and superyacht knowledge. Mel is married to a world class sailor and lives in Lymington with their two daughters and Winston, a black lab.
Senior Project Manager
Douglas is a Senior Project Manager, bringing a wealth of managerial experience to the table, having overseen numerous projects in his professional career. Douglas studied Yacht and Small Craft Design at Southampton Institute and went on to work at John Munford Design as his first job. With an admiration of Olin Stephens, Douglas was drawn to Redman Whiteley Dixon because of the reputation of being a ‘fun place to work’. Having been here for 18 years that clearly rings true.
Senior Project Manager
Adrian is a Senior Project Manager and IT Manager for the company. Adrian’s first job was the “general dogsbody” at one of the oldest naval architecture firms in the world. Unpaid for the first few months, soon turned into a ‘proper’ job. He ended up doing some great projects and stayed for 10 years. Adrian admires the work of Sir Richard Branson, a risk taking and hugely successful British businessman, who now lives on his own Caribbean Islands (what’s not to admire?). It was the industry leading brand and multi award-winning projects of RWD which appealed to Adrian. (Also it’s right next to a pub!).
Senior Interior Designer
Jack joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in early 2012 as Senior Interior Designer. He saw the opportunity to work with unique clients on highly detailed and individual yacht projects. Jack’s background in high end commercial design includes bars, restaurants, hotels and spas which combine in to one luxurious package that can be translated in to yacht design and give him the ability to truly reflect the client’s personality and vision. Jack has a passionate admiration for Jean Prouve, “A man ahead of his time”, for his elegant use of the luxurious natural materials when designing chic pieces of furniture & stunning interior spaces. Jack grew up in Oxfordshire and studied 3D Design at Bournemouth University and has worked in Interior Design ever since.
Senior Exterior Designer
Mark studied Transport Design at Coventry University before starting his first job at Tony Castro as Creative Designer. From here Mark spent two years as associate designer at Philippe Briand in London before joining the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. Mark started with RWD in March 2012 as Senior Designer with a focus on exterior design. His interest in RWD stems from the Britishness of the company its important emphasis on quality and timeless design.
Chris joined Redman Whiteley Dixon, from Silverlining in 2014. He is one of the Project Managers and it was the incredible portfolio of yachts and prestige projects that appealed to him, as well as being situated in one of the country’s beauty spots! His grandfather got him in to boat building from an early age from his workshop on the South Devon coast where he helped Chris build his first two yachts – a polystyrene pirate ship and wooden sailing boat with tent canvas for sails! Chris’s first job was with yacht designer Tony Castro and he has also spent time in the British Army – Royal Engineers.
Charlie is a Project Manager at Redman Whiteley Dixon, joining in 2014. While studying automotive and transport design at Coventry University Charlie started a 7 month internship with Tim Saunders, a former Coventry alumni himself. After graduating with a first class degree, he secured a job employed by the highly progressive and sporting boat designer Stefano Pastrovich in northern Italy. Working with Clients and yards around the globe Charlie is now learning directly from some of the men he was inspired by while at university.
Assistant to Directors
Laura is the Assistant to the Directors and joined the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2014. Laura studied English at Brighton University and spent several years working at the BBC originally joining as the Post girl. Born in Warwickshire and with a natural admiration for David Beckham and his underwear, Laura was attracted to Redman Whiteley Dixon because of the fabulous location and the fun team.
Kristian studied Industrial Design at Brunel University. His first job was Product Design Engineer at Dyson Ltd. Kristian joined RWD in early 2014 as a 3D Designer and with a focus on Exterior Design. It was an article in a magazine about a Redman Whiteley Dixon designed yacht that caught his eye because of the ‘swimming pools, helicopters and submarines’ and having previously been designing smaller yachts, the step up to superyacht design was the perfect career progression he was looking for.
Assistant Project Manager/Designer
Mattia studied Furniture Design at Polytechnic Milan University before completing a Master’s Degree with honours in Yacht Design. After graduating Mattia moved to the UK, on John Munford’s recommendation. After spending time volunteering for maintenance on a sailing trust tall ship in Southampton he started his first job at Ken Freivokh as Creative Designer. He joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in November 2013, and was inspired by the ‘incredible team and the opportunity to work on both the creative and the project management side of bespoke and highly detailed superyacht projects’.
Assistant to Project Managers
Abi joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2014 as the Studio Assistant, and is now the Personal Assistant to the Project Managers. Abi’s first job was an Admin Assistant at Serco and with an NVQ and OCR in Business she is currently studying towards a Business Degree at the OU. Abi was attracted to RWD for the fascinating industry and impressive work list, not to mention the beautiful location.
Project Coordinator/Design Draughtsman
Andrew, originally from London, joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2012. Andrew’s first job was the local paper round before school. Having studied at Willesden College of Technology, an architectural career lead on to boat design. This began working with John Bannenberg at his studio in Chelsea. Andrew admired Tom Heatherwick for taking design in new directions, also Nelson Mandela for bringing hope to a whole nation. It was the great team producing exciting, quality work and the beautiful setting that attracted Andrew to RWD.
Eva joined RWD in October 2015 to expand the busy interior design team. Originally from Lithuania, Eva studied interior design in her home country before moving to Aberdeen to begin studies in architecture and finalising her studies in interior architecture at Oxford Brooks University with a BA Honers degree. Eva lives in Oxford with her husband and travels to the New Forest each day to be part of the RWD family.
Project Design Assistant
Jon graduated from Northumbria University having studied Transportation Design. Jon’s first job was at Rhoades Young Designer and impressed by the ‘cool projects and lifestyle’ at Redman Whiteley Dixon, Jon joined as a Project Design Assistant in 2015.
Richard joined Redman Whitely Dixon in 2015, and works as 3D Designer for the company. Having graduated from Coventry University (incidentally in the same year as Charlie Baker), Richard took a 6 month internship in Trieste, Italy. Here he gained insight into what yacht design entailed, setting him up to become a designer at Bernard Olesinski in July 2011. It was the consistent quality and variety of design, as well as the company’s reputation and growth which attracted Richard to RWD.
Melissa is Redman Whiteley Dixon’s Graphic Designer. Originally from Liverpool, Melissa studied Architecture at Sheffield University and spent a year working in Australia and New Zealand before joining the Company in 2014. Melissa’s first job was the local paper round. It was the simple fact of being professionally involved in the superyacht design industry that initially appealed to Melissa and fuelled her interest in RWD.
Carlie joined RWD in 2015 as the office receptionist after previously working with the elderly organising activities and events. Carlie studied illustration at Hereford University and is enjoying working alongside such a creative team. Many years ago, Carlie worked in the local shop in Beaulieu and has been impressed with RWD ever since. Carlie loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time riding her horse in the New Forest
Marketing and Communications
Susannah studied Business Studies at Bristol University and recently joined Redman Whiteley Dixon in 2015 to help with Marketing and Communication. Susannah spent 18 years living in South West London and now lives in sunny Hampshire. She was drawn to Redman Whiteley Dixon because of the opportunity to work with phenomenal design talent amidst a fun and charismatic team. After 5 years doing PR for Lexmark International, Susannah spent 3 years sailing in the Med and Caribbean as yacht crew. She then did PR and Marketing for Rolex sponsored sailing regattas followed by 8 years at Swarovski in Corporate Communications
Will first worked at RWD in 2007 before heading off to complete a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, he has been back numerous times between completing other Industrial Design and Eco Design projects. Being able to continually work on different cutting edge projects keeps me coming back! Will now has two small girls with his wife who he met at the Monaco Boat Show.