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We're very proud of our award-winning team. Our shared experience has enabled us to turn BCBM into the UK market leader in shared boat ownership. We now manage more than 50 syndicates and operate boats around the world. You can find details and contact information for all core members of staff by clicking on the bars below. If you're not sure who to contact you can make a general enquiry by clicking here.

Andrew Barton, Managing & Marketing Director

Andrew was born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire and raised in Wilmslow. With a strong family background in the hotel and hospitality business, it was no surprise that after graduating from Manchester University, he launched his career in the world of hotel management. He later joined the Central Office Team of world famous De Vere Hotels as a Business Change Senior Executive and was proud to be appointed the operational project manager for the Ryder Cup held at The Belfry Hotel & Golf Centre in 2001. His lifelong passion with boating led him to join Challenger Syndicateships in 2004 and to then set up BCBM in January 2008. Andrew's business, organizational and people skills gained in the leisure and hospitality trade have enabled him to grow BCBM into the market leader in shared ownership, now managing boats for 48 syndicates. His pledge is to always ensure that BCBM steadfastly cares for your investment along with complete financial transparency.

Phone: 01270 813900 Mobile: 07768 741213 Email: andrew.barton@bcbm.co.uk

Dee Barton, Sales Manager

Dee is the daughter of Andrew & Ann Barton. She has been an avid boater since being little and first took to the canals in 1994. Dee has always enjoyed the waterways and loves get to on board the boat. She now lives in London with her husband and works for BCBM as Sales Manager. Dee can almost always be seen at BCBM events or the Audlem office.

Phone: 01270 811500 Email: dee.barton@bcbm.co.uk

Carole Briese, Finance Manager

Entrusted with the vital task of keeping a tight grip on the purse strings at BCBM, Carole has spent her entire working life in finance and customer services. When she isn't counting the pennies, Carole, along with husband Charles, is a keen boater in her own right. In fact, she was a share-owner in NB Champion for 10 years and was Chairman of the Champion Syndicate. Carole is a Cornish girl but has recently moved with Charles to the Midlands where they live on their own boat. As well taking care of the finances, Carole is in charge of the Braunston office. Her other passion is motor racing and she can often be seen at various circuits around the country. She and Charles have a daughter, Claire, also an accountant, who lives in Bath.

Phone: 01270 813901 Email: carole.briese@bcbm.co.uk

Charles Briese, General Manager Technical & South

Charles Briese is a qualified carpenter/joiner by trade and for 33 years worked as Technical Manager in a sawmill once part of the Duchy Of Cornwall Estate. With his wife Carole, our Finance Manager, Charles has been a keen boater for a good many years and owned a share in NB Champion. Cornish and proud of it, Charles is one of the handiest people you will ever meet and always has a toolbox close to hand. Indeed he finished the fit-out of his and Carole?s fabulous new boat, himself. As he always says, he doesn't deal in problems, only solutions.

Phone: 01270 813908 Mobile: 07495 323106 Email: charles.briese@bcbm.co.uk

John Preece, Area Manager North West

A Midlander with mechanical interests, who qualified as a commercial vehicle engineer via an apprenticeship with Dunlop Ltd, then worked up to Fleet Engineer for a variety of national companies over a 32 year career. Having become hooked after a Broads holiday he then bought a 70 foot narrowboat of his own, refurbished it throughout, and lived aboard as a continuous cruiser for 8 years, followed by a few years living abroad. More recently John bought another 70 footer, did another refurb, again to live aboard, he has been moored on the Peak Forest canal for the last 4 years. Keen therefore on the canal system, its history and all things mechanical.

Phone: 01270 811500 Mobile: 07909 897874 Email: info@bcbm.co.uk

Alan Townsend, Area Manager Norfolk Broads

Alan Townsend is a London boy, born and bred and has spent his working life working as an engineer in the oil industry both in England and abroad. Alan and his wife Caron had spent many happy hours holidaying on the canals in France before trying a holiday on the Norfolk broads three years ago. They both fell in love with the area, its peace andquiet beauty and as keen bird watchers, the Norfolk Broads gave them plenty of opportunities to indulge their hobby. Therefore when the opportunity arose, they bought a share in the Silver Cloud syndicate. Alan is now semi retired and a year ago the couple moved from London to Palgrave, a pretty village on the Suffolk/Norfolk Borders just outside the market town of Diss. Their new home, 'The Thatches', is a 17th century grade 2 listed house which they run as a B&B.

Phone: 01270 813907 Mobile: 07866 773584 Email: alan.townsend@bcbm.co.uk

Ann Barton, Director's PA & Reception Manager

Ann Barton has spent her working lifetime at the 'coalface' of the retail and hospitality industry. Experienced in customer-facing roles, she is well positioned to look after the reception and switchboard at the main Nantwich office of BCBM. Married to Andrew for 27 years, Ann is also a keen boating enthusiast, and enjoys 'Boat Testing' each newaddition to the fleet with Andrew as they are introduced at Nantwich. Ann is a key member of the staff at shows and exhibitions also where she looks after the new boats on display. A valued member of the team who keeps Andrew on the straight and narrow!

Phone: 01270 811500 Email: ann.barton@bcbm.co.uk

Tracey Merrall — Boat Management Administrator

Tracey's family have always been into narrow boats with her dad having built several boats one of these was even from scratch! Tracey also grew up around the canals. Now Tracey works in the Audlem office and with her knowledge of the canals is a great complement to the BCBM team. Phone: 01270 811500 Email: tracey.merrall@bcbm.co.uk

Phil Crisp, Turnround Manager Wigrams Turn

Northamptonshire born and bred, Phil has a great deal of knowledge of the canals in this area. His working life is spent in heavy engineering as a programmer/operator of CNC machines, and his interests include DIY, wood turning and golf. After a holiday on a hire boat some years ago, Phil and his wife Jane bought a share in the Valkyrie Syndicate. You might also see Phil out and about as a volunteer lock-keeper for the Canal and River Trust.

Phone: 01270 811500 Email: info@bcbm.co.uk

Dave Newman, Turnround Manager Hilperton Marina

Dave is retired; he worked for Toyota Material Handling for 38 years. As a service technician, and then in Toyota's Training Academy as a technical instructor, teaching the repair of engines, transmissions and hydraulics, also DC electric control systems for forklift trucks. Dave and his wife Pam have a Share in NB Dawn Mist. He is a member of his local woodturning club, the North Wiltshire Woodturners Association.

He is involved in clubman level motorsport, and is mechanic for his son who races a Classic Formula Ford and his grandson who races Karts. They race at all of the major circuits in the UK, with an annual visit to Spa Francochamps to race in the Historic Monoposto Racing Club.

Dave Volunteers for the Canal and River Trust on the Kennet and Avon Canal, lock keeping and working with the maintenance team. If you need to know anything about the K&A he usually knows what is going on.

Phone: 01270 811500 Email: info@bcbm.co.uk