Wind Speed: 8.610kn
Wind Direction: 184.000°
Tide Height C.D.: 3.749m

Our Team

The Team is made up of Permanent and incremental staff including:

Reception Team

Financial Team

Maintenance Team

Vessel Coxswains


Staff are engaged in work throughout the year, the Harbour is attended all year around. The incremental staff support the Harbour during busy maintenance periods, seasonal visitor increases and Pilot work.

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David Boughton

Deputy Harbour Master

David's role is to improve and review the Safety Management Systems so that our users, operators and staff are able to enjoy a safer harbour. David is an experienced and keen sailor, following a career in the Royal Navy, he joined H.M.Coastguard as an Officer, training Coastguard Rescue Teams and developing major contingency plans for air shows, piers, and medical evacuations. David is a keen Yachtsman and a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster.

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Robert McLean

Duty Harbour Master

Bob, was previously a captain on a passenger charter vessel on the west coast of Scotland, an RYA commercially endorsed yachtmaster and an experienced boat handler. His distinctive Scottish drall is often heard over the VHF. He enjoys socialising and engaging with residents and visitors alike, an extremely genial host and Malt Master to boot.

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Peter Stonebridge

Duty Harbour Master

Having moved to Brightlingsea as an 11 year old with my parents to start sailing at the Colne Yacht Club, I was struck with the boyhood dream of how great it would be to be the water-taxi driver ! , here I am 43 year’s later and it is a small but valued part of my role within the harbour.

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Marilyn Braddy

Financial Manager

Marilyn is an experienced Financial controller and also the manager of the Administrative staff at the Harbour. She gained much of her previous experience in the construction industry managing payroll and credit control. she is married to Alan who is often employed by the harbour as a Coxswain and Joiner.


Jill Herman

Front Desk / Admin Assistant

Having uprooted from leafy Surrey, Jill now enjoys the estuary views and all things nautical. With a background in logistics and advertising she has used these skills to improve customer service and was instrumental in launching the popular Brightlingsea to Wivenhoe ferry service with lunch at the Black Buoy. Outside work she has been known to help crew racing yachts and loves to put her feet up at her beach hut.


Chantel Tate

Front Desk / Admin Assistant

Having grown up living on barges and yachts as a child she has a comprehensive knowledge of the boating world. Combine this with 20 years Customer Service Experience means she very much enjoys her role on the front desk of the Harbour Office, here to help any time.

Tracey Barton

Front Desk /Admin Assistant

Tracey was born and bred in Brightlingsea, working in a customer facing family business before joining the Harbour staff. She is a keen equestrian and often uses the Hard to exercise her horses, who also enjoy using the water. She is married to a keen fisherman so often goes out to sea with him on his boat. Her local knowledge is such that there isn't much she doesn't know about the local area.


Glenn Bacon

Maintenance Manager

Glenn maintains the assets in the harbour. A natural engineer growing up among engines and sails. He has sailed these Essex waters all his life and has strong affiliations with Brightlingsea Sailing Club and the Colne Yacht Club. A commercially endorsed RYA Yachtsman and power boat, with exceptional boat handling skills. He is no stranger to the race podium at the yacht club in his race challenging Notorious which is kept on a mooring in the harbour.

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Joe Adams

Harbour Engineer

Joe works alongside Glenn as his number two. A former tradesman he felt the call of the sea and quickly learnt different skills including; boat handling (RYA L2), VHF (Radio User), first aid, Oil spill recovery and customer engagement. Joe, is a natural on the water whether helming the Harbour launches,ferries , dredger, crewing on racing yachts or the pilot boat. A lovely guy, with a smile and a welcome hello before you even see him.