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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 UK. 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, Managing & Sales Director


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. As a family we only every holidayed on the canals on NB Arthur. Dee has always enjoyed the waterways and loves get to on board the boat, so much so she has a share in one of our BCBM boats. Dee has many interests including arts & Crafts, Geocaching and going out on her Motorbike. Dee can almost always be seen at BCBM events or in the Audlem office.

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

Carole Briese, Finance Manager

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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

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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

Trevor Curson, Area Manager Norfolk Broads

Born and bred in Norfolk, Trevor Curson joined Richardson's Pleasurecraft as an apprentice Marine Engineer, going on to work for May Gurney all over the Broads as a Marine Engineer and Plant Fitter for the next 16 years. In 1992, he went into partnership running a successful building business employing 11 people at one point. Now semi-retired, he joined us last year and his knowledge and experience is proving invaluable! Trevor and his wife Jill will be celebrating 38 years of marriage in July and are kept busy with their two dogs — a 9 year old Labrador and 18 month old Border Collie.

Phone: 01270 811500 Mobile: 07885 319669

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 new
addition 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

Mark Tittley, Turnround Manager North West


Mark is a retired Chartered Engineer having worked at Rolls-Royce Plc in Derby for 35 years, starting with the Company as a Craft Apprentice in 1978. Both Mark and wife Jill are keen narrow boaters, having previously held a shared ownership in Benbow, Cropredy and Phoenix, along with having owne their narrowboat for 7 years. They now hold a shared ownership in Dawn Treader. Mark has extensively cruised the Trent and Mersey, Coventry, Oxford, Leicester Arm of the Grand Union, Shropshire Union and Staffs & Worcester canals', along with River Soar and the River Trent to Nottingham. Away from boating Mark is a volunteer Station Master at Rothley Station on the Great Central Steam Railway in Leicestershire.

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