Wind Speed: 3.450kn
Wind Direction: 326.500°
Tide Height C.D.: 3.418m

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.


Owen Evans

Deputy Harbour Master

Owen has grown up around the harbour, and spent a number of years working as a harbour assistant before leaving to join the Merchant Navy to work as a navigator on ice breaking vessels in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Owen'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.

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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.


Chris Stopford

Duty Harbour Master

Chris’s working life started as a commercial fisherman around the UK for 12 years. He then spent a few years cruising in his own yacht with family around the Mediterranean. As a Master in the superyacht industry he was able to travel to many distant places but was drawn back to the East Coast. Chris returned to the area as an RYA instructor and superintendent in the offshore windfarm business. The love of the Thames Estuary has always been with him and he says the changing light, tides, creeks and sailing, makes his job in the harbour a pleasure to carry out.


Jill Herman

Financial Administration Manager

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.

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Shona Wallace

Front Desk /Admin Assistant

Shona started life as the daughter of a Royal Marine Commando, spending many years living in various countries around the world before settling in Brightlingsea in 1996.Like Tracey she is a keen equestrian and a big fan of the outdoors. She had a former career in banking, now the only banks she enjoys are the muddy ones she sees rambling up the Creek. She loves meeting people and can't wait for her first summer seeing all the ferry customers, charter passengers and visiting yachts people.


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.