Meet The Team


James B
Managing Director
James has been one of the fundamental players that has grown Ribeye into what it is known for today. James’ strategic vision has taken Ribeye from a UK pleasure boat company, to a global leader in the design and manufacture of luxury leisure RIBs and superyacht tenders. Having spent 15 years in London working in IT, James has combined his experience with his love for luxury craft.
Ella Chivers Ribeye
Marketing Director
Ella grew up in Dartmouth and was aboard the ceremonial launch of the first ever Ribeye in 1998. Eldest daughter of founder Charles Chivers, her eye for detail and finish is ingrained in Ribeye’s DNA. Following a Business Degree at Bath University and 10 year career in London, Ella’s branding strategy has gone against the grain in what was a cottage industry making the Ribeye brand and product range stand out and be seen around the world.
Danny Chivers Operation Manager at Ribeye
Operations Manager
Twin brother to Ross (Sales Manager), Danny has been working hard and playing even harder on Ribeyes his entire life. His first ever part time job as a young boy was to prepare every detail on Ribeyes prior to handovers as well as conducting a shake down water test to ensure the boat is working correctly. Now heading up the Operations arm of the company and managing a large team, his intrinsic knowledge of all areas of the business is fundamental to Ribeye’s industry leading service and delivery.
Sales Manager
Like his Brother, Ross has be involved with Ribeye for his entire life. He has spent more hours boating in a Ribeye than anyone else in the world. To date Ribeye has been Ross' lifes work and his number one goal day to day is to continue to grow and keep Ribeye at the forefront of the Premium Leisure and Superyacht Tender market. If you'd like an insight into his day to day, connect via our social medias @ribeyeboats. 
Lead Designer
Experienced Superyacht Tender designer & Coventry Uni graduate with a passion for classic cars and colourful trousers! Responsible for all your custom renders as well as developing new production boats and custom projects. Chris' ability to combine innovative aesthetics with functional and practical engineering has allowed every Ribeye platform to take revolutionary leaps forward in boat design whilst also maintaining commercial build and strength qualities. Ribeye's often now being referred to as 'Land rover's of the sea'.
Lead Engineer
Paul plays a pivotal role in all areas of research and development at the Ribeye headquarters in Dartmouth. Having formerly worked on projects such as new-build superyachts and carbon catamarans he is a key asset to Ribeye's fast moving and innovative product range.
Technical Sales Manager
Rudie is from a family of boat builders and he has grown up in the industry. He knows every aspect of the business and his technical knowledge has a fundamental part to play in our Research & Development. Through training and hard work, Rudie now runs a professional and highly qualified team. 
After growing up in Holland Jacco moved to England where he studied Marine Engineering at Falmouth University. Jacco then worked on Superyachts before moving back to shore to work for Cockwells and then Ribeye. Jacco has Kiteboarded all of his life and since his time at Ribeye has become the best Wakeboarder in the entire company. 
Work hard, play hard is the best way to describe our Finance manager.
Finance Manager
Beth is a Chartered Accountant and gives management clarity on a family business that has grown very organically! Her expert knowledge and strategic approach to Ribeye means we now have accounts to settle across the globe! As the business continues to develop and grow, Beth has also taken on the role of heading up HR. A woman of many talents! 
Mandy Office Manager at Ribeye
Office Manager
Originally from the Midlands, Mandy has settled in the West Country to live by the sea. Fantastic with numbers and knows all about everything that is going on at Ribeye. If in doubt, ask Mandy!
Accounts Executive
A numbers bod, Erin is responsible for all things 'goods' and stock control. Whilst a lover of Boats Erin's true passion is Rugby where one of the perks of the job is knowing brand partners such as Jack Nowell (England Rugby, Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (England rugby, exeter Chiefs) and David Flatman (England Rugby and Land Rover Ambassador).
Office Administrator
A masters graduate from Plymouth University, Bethany is experienced both in business and as a fully qualified Powerboat Instructor.  She expertly applies her practical knowledge of boating to the office workspace, allowing the operational side of Ribeye to run smoothly and professionally.  
Marketing Coordinator
A Vogue, London Graduate, Sophie's flair for design and branding is apparent in all aspects of Ribeye, be it a Boat Show exhibition or Ribeye's online presence.  Her past experiences with local brands such as Salcombe's Jam Industries and crisp company; Burts Chips. Sophie is now busy putting her experiences to work spreading the #ribeyeboats brand message worldwide.   
Henry is a design student and is working on exciting new concepts for 2019!
Sales and Creative Assistant
A Coventry Graphic Design graduate. Fleur moved down to Devon to pursue her career in the marine industry.  As well as a fully qualified Powerboat Instructor Fleur is also an Advanced Powerboat with Commercial Endorsement operator. Now working in the sales and creative department at Ribeye, Fleur contributes to the client experience from the initial client concept to the delivery of the custom built Ribeye. 
Charles Admin Dog at Ribeye
Team leader and motivator. Always wagging.

Rigging Technicians

James T Rigging Technician
James T
Marine Technician
James has been at Ribeye for over 10 years and has evolved with Ribeye through the years. He gives fantastic feedback to enable Ribeye's development and is now our most experienced rigger in the team.
Harley Rigging Technician at Ribeye
Marine Technician
Harley is a tube specialist by trade. He also runs the rigging of all of our PRIME boats - he is the ultimate perfectionist and has a very creative mind.
Marine Technician
An electrician by trade, Shane has brought a professional approach to the rigging team coupled with bucket loads of positivity.
Ribeye Boats
Marine Technician
Having completed an apprenticeship scheme at Princess Motor Yachts, Sam has since been adding value throughout Ribeye's technical fit out department. One of the younger members of the team, known for his speed of work whilst maintaining complete attention to details. An A & S Series Specialist.
Marine Technician
Alex joined the team in Summer 2018. His speed of learning and attention to detail has continued to impress both colleagues and clients.   
Marine Apprentice
As a boat building partner of Noss Marine Academy, Ribeye has been the home for Joe for the past few years as he works through his four year qualification. The value add and development of Joe has been extraordinary and he really has become a true member of the Ribeye team that contributes to the overall output of Ribeye.  He is a very likeable guy that everyone at Ribeye is very fond of. 
Ribeye Boats
Approved Used Technician
Luke has been involved in the Marine Industry his entire life. Predomintantly working at Yamaha Marine Dealerships and Service Centres.  Lukes vast experience on working on a range of different boat and engine brands makes him the perfect expert to put any Used RIB through our market leading 'approved used scheme'.

Training & Handover Crew

Martin Training and Handovers at Ribeye
Training & Handovers Expert
Martin is meticulous which is handy when he performs a handover as there is no stone unturned! If you are lucky he might tell you about his F1 days!
Training & Handover Expert
Our youngest member of the training & handover team, Mitch works quickly and nimbly and his attention to detail during a handover is second to none. He isn’t bad at helming Ribeyes either and is often (if reluctantly) used as our poster boy when required!
Ribeye Powerboat School & Handovers
Mat has spent more hours on the water than the rest of Ribeye put together - he has crossed all the major oceans in all sea experiences. He knows his stuff!

Infusion Technicians

Duane Infusion Technician at Ribeye
Composite Team Leader
Duane has garnered huge amounts of knowledge & technical ability from working at Princess in early years. Bringing his knowledge of big boat technology to Ribeye which enables our flawless finish, Duane now heads up a growing team of technicians in our composite facility.
Dom Apprentice at Ribeye
Infusion Technician
Having recently completed his boat building apprenticeship with us, Dom is now a valued member of the infusion team and very competent in composite integration. A real credit to our apprenticeship scheme.
Jake Infusion Technician at Ribeye
Infusion Technician
Jake is renowned at Ribeye for a flawless finish - he is like an artist with fibreglass.
Trevor Infusion Technician
Infusion Technician
Trevor uses his Princess experience and mechanical mind to engineer our bespoke products. He has a relentless work attitude which is required!
Ryan Infusion Technician at Ribeye
Infusion Technician
Ryan began his career in the marine industry at age 16 as a laminating apprentice at Princess Yachts where he spent 12 years perfecting his boat building experience before heading to Ribeye. For the last couple of years, Ryan has been a key player in our composite team and continues to impress with his love for boat building. 
Infusion Technician
Karl is nothing other than an experienced boat builder and an infusion expert. He has spent years perfecting his craft in some of the boat building hubs of the world such as Japan, Poland and Southampton. He will often be found in Infusion Bay 1 and will always be smiling. 
Composite Finisher
Jay is from Totnes and has spent the majority of his career in Marine at the historical Baltic Wharf, Totnes. Since heading up the River Dart to Dartmouth he has been applying his experience in composites to Ribeye's UK GRP Output.
 who is teaching him the process of gel work. Henry's enthusiasm to learn makes him an asset to the Ribeye team. 
Marine Apprentice
Henry is our youngest Ribeye member. His extremely hard work ethic and attention to detail has impressed his colleagues and makes him a key role within the infusion team. As he continues to work through his boat building apprenticeship, Henry works alongside composite gel finisher Jay. 
and so far has impressed the whole composite team with his dedication and interest in Ribeye.
Marine Apprentice
Ollie is the latest apprentice to join the Ribeye team through our partners at Noss Marine Academy. He is a sociable team member who's taken to boat building like a duck to water. Ollie is learning to laminate under the watchful eye of technician Dom (Noss Marine Academy alumni).

Meet The Team