Ward & McKenzie Superyacht Consulting

About Ward & McKenzie Superyacht Consulting

Ward & McKenzie Yacht Consultancy are professional and independent yacht surveyors, legal consultants and project managers, providing a comprehensive service to the buyers and owners of large yachts, both commercial and private.

Over the years Ward & McKenzie have gained considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of Super Yacht Ownership, from planning new builds or refits, contracting with Sellers of Yachts, Project Management, technical inspections, legal work and ancillary issues, such as Offshore Company Incorporation and Yacht Registration.

We also specialise in VAT issues particularly relating to Commercial Charter Yacht & post Brexit issues.

We have a close working relationship with a number of highly experienced surveyors in most parts of the World, should the need arise to utilise their local expertise.

The Team
Sir Ian Collett, Bt.
Ian qualified and worked as a solicitor in the marine field prior to the formation of Ward & McKenzie with Clive Ward 25 years ago. Clive has since retired. Whilst W&M is not a law firm Ian continues to adopt the same professional approach. He specialises in the legal/contractual  aspect of yacht purchase and ownership. He has particular experience in VAT issues and Offshore Ownership Structures, particularly in Malta.
Chris Nicolle
Director and Principal Surveyor
Prior to joining forces with Ward & McKenzie group as a Director and Principal in house surveyor, Chris worked for John Winterbotham and Partners where he specialised in large yachts working on projects up to 140m. He is now heading the Ward & McKenzie survey division and coordinating with our out port surveyors, undertaking in house surveys and yacht consultancy work. Chris also undertakes Damage Assessment Surveys on behalf of a number of insurers and regularly acts on our behalf when we are appointed Experts in New Build and Refit disputes. He is now heading the Ward & McKenzie Project Management and Large Yacht Survey Division and co-ordinating with our independent outport surveyors.
Liz Girling
Office Manager
Liz joined Ward & McKenzie 24 years ago so has been involved with the growth of the company during that time. Over the years she has come to know the clients very well, which means she can give a very personal service. As clients have developed over the years, she has helped them with the purchase and registration of larger yachts. Liz co-ordinates surveys, yacht consultancy and deals with the registration of vessels in the UK, Red Ensign and further afield, e.g. BVI, Cayman, and Marshall Islands.
Paula Rhodes
Paula joined us earlier this year and is proving a very valuable member of the team. She deals with the accounting/book-keeping aspect of the business. She keeps us all in check!
Daren Bartlett BSc Hons.RMS, MIIMS Y&SC
Surveyor, Engineer and Captain
MCA, IIMS, RYA, Cook & Marshall Islands, St Vincent & Grenadines, Panama & Belize Accredited Commercial Vessel Code Compliance Examiner Yacht Surveyor and Marine Consultant t/a Ward & McKenzie Balearics. A Highly Experienced Surveyor, Engineer and Captain with over 30 years experience within the Marine Industry. Sixteen years as our independent associate in the Balearic Islands developing our Western Mediterranean Marine Business for all types of yachts, both Pleasure and Commercial. An accredited surveyor with the MCA, Cook and Marshall Islands flag, as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines.