OUR TEAM

The team at Divergent Yachts combines unrivalled experience with specialist expertise in every area of super yachting to provide a bespoke, personalised service to all our clients around the world.

Contact a member of the Divergent Yachts team below.

Derek Munro

Director

Derek Munro is the Director of Divergent Yachting and has been in the professional Superyacht industry since 1988, starting out as a Captain and Engineer.  Currently Derek is a Owners Representative on new build yachts and recently delivered the worlds largest sailing yacht.

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In 2018 Derek was awarded the ISS Business Person of the year Award for his work setting up and Chairing Superyacht Charities (www.superyachtcharities.com) which has successfully grown year on year. This is a voluntary position which runs alongside all other work. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in April 1963 Derek’s family moved to Malaysia in August of the same year. After spending five years in Malaysia (at which time Derek spoke 5 languages – Malay, English, Tamil, Mandarin & Dutch) his family moved to New Zealand briefly before heading to the Solomon Islands for the next 10 years. It was in the Solomon Islands that Derek developed his love of the sea through a father who was a very keen diver and a mother who managed the local Honiara Yacht Club. Diving most weekends whilst swimming and canoeing most week nights. After school with the local kids, the sea was a big part of life as a child in the tropics, where Derek said he learnt to speak “Pidgin English”. His first vessel construction was at the age of 7 in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The yard was not well known and the vessel was an all wood construction including the main drive unit. The vessel was a 2.8m solid wood canoe cut / chiselled out from a single large log. The drive unit was a solid wood paddle cut and shaped from the same log. The next was a few months later as Derek assisted his father and uncle in building his own hard chimed yacht, also in the Solomon Islands. Educated in New Zealand he continued his enjoyment of the sea and water activities with sailing and a little surfing. After University where he studied Agricultural Economics at Massey University, Derek spent two years working in Management, Design and Sales before heading off on his Kiwi overseas experience. Having backpacked across Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and then through Israel and Egypt, he got his first job as a mate on a sailing yacht out of Eilat, Israel heading for Spain. Life at sea as a Captain finished after the arrival of his first daughter. It was then Derek moved ashore working for an Engineering firm in Auckland as part of their design and sales team to all the ship yards in New Zealand. On returning to Europe for the arrival of their second daughter, Derek was able to start consulting in the role of Owners Representative / Project Manager. Since then the projects have been varied and interesting with excellent relationships having developed. I have had the pleasure of working in various yards in Italy and Holland. Each different and challenging in their very own way.

David Goldie

Compliance Mentor

During his time in the Superyacht industry David has assisted in the delivery and registration of a number of new build superyachts from 40 to 106 meters working with well know yacht builders including Lurssen, Feadship, Amels, Hakvoort and Oceanco.

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As the ‘Head of Compliance’ with direct responsibility for all ISM, ISPS and MLC issues for SY Black Pearl, the largest private sailing yacht in the world. In recognition of his extensive Maritime background and experience David was elected as an ‘Associate Fellow’ of The Nautical Institute in July 2012 and is the ‘Superyacht’ representative on the Marshall Islands Quality Council and Chairman of the Yacht Advisory Group for Europe. David commenced his maritime career with a Deck Officer apprenticeship at Trinity House before completing a successful career in the Royal Navy spanning over 35 years. His postings included the Senior Naval rating at the Defence Intelligence and Security School and the Senior Warrant Officer at the Joint Service Intelligence Organisation.  These postings led to David being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for services to the Intelligence community. For his final appointment in the Royal Navy David was selected by the 2nd Sea Lord as the ‘Command Warrant Officer’ of the surface fleet, the most senior position in the Royal Navy Fleet for a non-commissioned officer. On leaving the RN David joined ‘Carnival UK’ as an ISM/ISPS Compliance Auditor before being promoted to ‘Fleet Training Manager’ directly responsible for all occupational Health, Safety and Security training throughout the Carnival UK fleet comprising of the P&O and Cunard Cruise liners. Jan 2012 saw a change to the ‘Superyacht’ industry where David joined a US based Yacht Management company running the UK office in the position of ‘Senior Compliance Officer’. The position included the roles of ‘Designated Person Ashore’ and ‘Company Security Officer’ with full ISM/ISPS/MLC responsibility for 22 Superyachts. During his time in the Superyacht industry David has assisted in the delivery and registration of a number of new build superyachts from 40 to 106 meters working with well know yacht builders including Lurssen, Feadship, Amels, Hakvoort and Oceanco. For the last 18 months David has been employed by ‘Divergent Yachting Ltd’ as the ‘Head of Compliance’ with direct responsibility for all ISM, ISPS and MLC issues for SY Black Pearl, the largest private sailing yacht in the world. This involved constructing all the yachts SOP’s, Checklists, Safety Procedures and Risk Assessments and working with the legal team, flag state, Class society and Insurance Company to ensure a successful delivery and registration.

Christien Stickley

Account Manager

Christien joined Divergent in July 2017 bringing 7 years proven experience in large yacht finance management. Working for a leading yacht management company, dealing with the company UK finance operation and overseeing the yacht management function.

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She looked after multiple yachts towards the end of the new build stage through to ongoing management. During the past year the finance department of Divergent has worked closely with the Purser onboard a large new build yacht. We have discussed and decided on a workable finance accountancy package which can be used efficiently by the yacht and management. After qualifying AAT in 1997 Christien furthered her accountancy training by joining the Guardian Media Group assisting the Financial Controller of the commercial radio sector. This was followed by a move in to the construction industry as a Company Accountant and then into a senior finance role within a large property management company. Christien then moved into the Superyacht Industry and took a position as Senior Accountant within a yacht management company in 2011. Dealing with the company UK finance operation and overseeing the yacht management function she looked after multiple yachts towards the end of the new build stage through to ongoing management. Christien joined Divergent in July 2017 bringing 7 years proven experience in large yacht finance management. Finance Department During the past year the finance department of Divergent has worked closely with the Purser onboard a large new build yacht. We have discussed and decided on a workable finance accountancy package which can be used efficiently by the yacht and management. We visited the yacht while in yard to build working relationships and to provide direct support and to find out what would work and how. We created bespoke expenditure categories which would work for the type of yacht and amended SOP’s to clarify the Yacht Owners responsibilities and intentions. Straight forward accurate monthly reports are produced for the yacht Owner. Yacht Owners can also log directly into their yachts software and view the details behind the published financial reports. We aim to provide clear reporting and can adapt the reports to the Clients requirements.

Tania Pilcher

Yacht Compliance & Social Media Manager

Tania joined the team of Divergent Yachting in November 2018 to work alongside the Head of Compliance and assist with ISM & MLC related issues, as well as day to day yacht management duties.

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Having worked for a large yacht management company before, Tania has extensive experience in yacht management, delivering professional technical progress reports on the new build projects and using her fluent Russian skills to interpret at the Owner’s meetings. Having gained extensive knowledge in ISM Administration over the past two years and successfully completed an ISM Auditor’s course, Tania has stepped up as our Compliance Manager. Being a social media whizz, she’s also our Social Media Manager. Tania was elected as the Ambassador for the Superyacht Charities Foundation in March 2018 and is really enjoying contributing to the charitable work in the superyacht industry.

Richard Gardiner

Richard Gardiner

Non-Executive Director

Richard has a wealth of experience in the yachting industry having moved over from being a commercial ships engineer to yachts in the 80’s.

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Richard worked on a number of high profile yachts (in those days) and then went on to establish Global Services. Through Global Services Richard was involved in supplying engineering equipment, interior equipment, toys and much more to over 600 new build projects. Richard’s knowledge of the industry and business is proving to be very beneficial to Divergent Yachting as we move forward.

Sarah Colbon

Head of Marketing & PR

Sarah has over 14 years luxury marketing and PR experience, a passionate and innovative brand and online marketing strategist. Sarah creates the ability to think outside the box of traditional PR and marketing channels to truly inspire, influence and drive the UHNWI consumer behaviour.

Edward Cherrett

DPA / Yacht Manager

Ed joins the divergent team as DPA / Yacht manager with over 21 years commercial shipping experience. Holding an unlimited Chief Mates commercial license and 11 years in shore-based management, he brings vast experience and knowledge to the team.

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Growing up in Chichester, on England’s south coast, Ed’s earliest memories are of messing around in small dinghies / yachts, so going to sea as a job, while not inevitable, was always likely.

After completing a cadetship with Trinity House at South Tyneside College, he spent the next ten years travelling the world, enjoying a couple of promotions, and gaining his unlimited ‘Chief Officers License’.

In 2010 Ed moved ashore to work on the trading floor within one of the leading oil majors based in central London as a Voyage Operations Superintendent. He later transitioned to their HQ in Sunbury on Thames where he became Lead Assessment and Inspections Superintendent for the Marine and Technical team. During this time Ed gained a Masters degree in Shipping Operations from Solent University.

In 2013 Ed became a member of the Nautical Institute and was elected as an ‘Associate Fellow’ in 2015.

In 2016, Ed decided to venture into somewhat unknown territory and became Global HSEQ Manager for one of the leading global Ship to Ship (STS) Providers, being responsible for all HSEQ matters and the safety of all 130 employees. This position gave him huge responsibilities in providing marine assurance globally to the business, working closely with all oil majors, and chartering houses, not to mention their partners across 33 locations across the globe. During this time Ed was heavily involved in industry forums including ITOL, OCIMF STS WG, and the OCIMF EMEA STS Forum which he acted as secretary and latterly as Chairman.

In 2018, Ed moved to the world’s largest STS provider acting as Marine Manager (Americas, Europe and Africa). He was responsible for all Marine Assurance matters in these areas focusing on new projects in Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Lizette

Lizette Van Niekerk

Data Protection Officer

Lizette is our Data Protection Compliance Consultant. She provides consulting services to a wide range of companies, charities and local government organisations.

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She started her career as a South African diplomat and managed fundraising and marketing teams in London for thirteen years after moving to the UK. She was a visiting lecturer at a London university for six years supporting an MA degree programme in charity management and served in a compliance leadership role as an elected borough and parish councillor in Hampshire. Lizette holds professional qualifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and serves as the Data Protection Officer for a number of organisations. Lizette is a longtime supporter of the Superyacht Charities.

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