MEET THE TEAM
Fishing provides an important source of income and employment in the South west of England. The Waterdance fleet has 120 active fishermen operating from our main ports of activity including Brixham, Newlyn, Salcombe and Exmouth. In addition, we have 15 shore based employees including engineers, administrators and managers. Our fishing activity provides important employment for other local businesses such as at the fish markets, fish processors, exporters, maritime engineers and net makers. Details of our skippers and crew can be found on our fleet webpages and some key shore-based staff profiles are given below.
Nigel Blazeby has been a seafarer for over 35 years, the last 15 years working with the fishing industry. He took up the role of Managing Director of the UK fishing company Waterdance Ltd (with 19 UK based vessels) in February 2018. Prior to this role, he led a consultancy group which provided opportunities, advice and solutions relating to fishing vessel operations, licensing and safety. Prior to this, Nigel led a team providing survey and inspection services for fishing vessels in the West of the UK and UK flag vessels overseas for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
A former member of the national body for Fishing Safety (the Fishing Industry Safety Group; FISG), and a current member of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation’s Safety Committee he is a member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute in December 2014. His seafaring life began by operating harbour launches, followed by service in the Royal Navy for 18 years culminating in command of wooden minesweepers and a coastal patrol craft squadron and time with SeaCo (passenger ferries and ro-ros). He currently lives in his home town of Salcombe, Devon where he has recently become a Deputy Launching Authority for the local RNLI station.
SENIOR MANAGER OF FISHERIES & QUOTA
Martyn studied Marine Biology and worked for the Marine Management Organisation for 11 years between 2008 and 2019. He completed a Master’s in Business Management in March 2019 and joined Waterdance Ltd in April 2019. Martyn’s role involves managing quotas for the Waterdance Ltd fleet. He also leads on sustainability by sharing data with scientists, compliance with fishing regulations and achieving sustainability accreditations for our fish such as the Marine Stewardship Council. Martyn is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of the Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA).
BRIXHAM FLEET MANAGER
Dave has a lifetime of fishing industry experience. He successfully established his own fishing business before this was acquired by Waterdance in 2016. Dave oversees the operations of the Brixham fleet including vessel maintenance, safety and crew management. Dave brings excellent knowledge and a strong network of contacts from across the fishing industry.
GROUP FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT
Steph has been employed by FWS Carter & Sons group of companies, which includes Waterdance Ltd, for over 20 years. She currently has the role of Group Financial Accountant. That role includes overseeing all aspects of the accounts of Waterdance Ltd, leading a team of 3 accounts staff dedicated to Waterdance Ltd. Prior to this she qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, and attained experience in various other sectors.
EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTS CO-ORDINATOR
Jenny handles all aspects of accounting administration including purchase ledger, sales ledger, payment of suppliers, handling queries and preparing month end accounts. Jenny liaises with the UK government on grant funding applications. Jenny graduated from Exeter University and joined Greendale 10 years ago, beginning to work for Waterdance 6 years ago. Jenny has completed a professional diploma in accounts.
Kim allocates payments to ensure good management of the company accounts as well as general administration and accounting tasks. Kim has been part of the Greendale group for 5 years and involved in Waterdance since 2018.
BRIXHAM FLEET ADMINISTRATOR
Brixham is the busiest port for Waterdance vessels and Jo is responsible for all aspects of fishing activity administration. This includes ensuring accurate fish landings data is reported, handling crew pay and travel. Jo has worked in the fishing industry since 1996 and joined Waterdance in 2016.