Sail Loft Holiday Cottage Wroxham Norfolk Barnes Brinkcraft

Meet our Team

We’re showing you just a few of our team here (the ones you are most likely to meet)
Behind the scenes, we have around 100 team members. Including Engineers, Boat Builders & Cleaners. The team pull together to build and maintain our boats and holiday homes ready for you to use. Just ask and we’ll do our best to help

Jill Thwaites

Jill Thwaites

Managing Director

Jill and her late husband Brian started Barnes Brinkcraft in 1964 with just two hire boats. With the help of her sons Daniel and Matthew the business has continued to grow.
Jill’s retired now but still keeps her eye on everything. She continues to meet up with customers who’ve become friends over the years.

  • Joined the team in: 1970
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Wroxham Broad
  • Favourite boat: Blenheim
Daniel Thwaites

Daniel Thwaites

Director

Daniel keeps an eye on the pennies. Managing the financial and administrative side of the business.           

He should know the business well by now, his first day in the office, was in a cot, whilst Jill was dealing with customers on a turnaround day

  • Joined the team in: 1998
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Thurn
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Encore
Matthew Thwaites

Matthew Thwaites

Director

Matthew oversees all the work going on in the boatyard. Inc design, build and maintenance.
His party trick, amongst others we won’t mention, is identifying a boat by the window shape or bathing platform.
His encyclopedic knowledge of all things boats is incredible
  • Joined the team in: 1998
  • Favourite spot on the broads: S Walsham
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Tempo
Sheila Scott

Sheila Scott

Office Manager

Sheila’s role is crucial and very varied. She manages the bookings, accounts and office staff . On busy days Sheila helps out with checking in customers arriving for their holidays. We think she’s a bit like a swan, calm on top, but never stops paddling.

  • Joined the team in: 2004
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Ranworth
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Lullaby
Sian Pearce - Barnes Brinkcraft

Sian Pearce

Administrator & Bookings Clerk

Sian is one of our newest office staff, and you may well meet her when you first arrive.

Don’t worry about asking her about the Norfolk Broads though, she’s a fully-fledged boat owner with loads of local knowledge

  • Joined the team in: 2021
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Horning
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Sonnet
Tom Lawn

Tom Lawn

Yard Manager

Tom’s the guy who’s responsible for the day to day running of the boatyard. Making sure each boat is “turned around” ready for your arrival
On a busy day in summer, Tom tells us he records over 30k steps a day! He reminds us of this quite often
  • Joined the team in: 2006
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Coltishall
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Melody
Philip Baker

Philip Baker

Head Engineer

Philip co-ordinates our team of electrical and mechanical engineers. He started his first stint working for Barnes Brinkcraft as an apprentice. Something obviously stuck, Philip was the brains behind our hybrid boat Brinks Rhapsody.

  • Joined the team in: 2009
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Ranworth
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Rhapsody
Sara Thwaites

Sara Thwaites

Marketing & Customer Services Manager

Sara looks after our social media accounts, keeps the website up to date, places our advertising and organises any events or festivals that we attend. Sara also takes a keen interest in customers holiday experiences and is your point of contact if you have any suggestions on how we can improve your Norfolk Broads holiday.

If you meet her in a sailing boat steer clear, she’s only just learning to helm!

  • Joined the team in: 2018
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Black Horse Broad
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Encore Plus
Sheila VW - Head Cleaner and Super Woman - Barnes Brinkcraft

Sheila V

Head Housekeeper

Sheila stepped up to head housekeeper very recently and manages her team of nearly 50 with ease.
Her sharp eye keeps everyone on their toes -including the Engineers. Who wouldn’t dare leave any mucky hand prints behind them
  • Joined the team in: 2015
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Hickling
  • Favourite boat: The smallest one
Warwick Springall

Warwick Springall

Administrator & Bookings Clerk

Warwick used to do boat handovers. We haven’t let him escape the yard, but he’s office-based now. His knowledge comes in handy when helping customers book
He’s also a bit of a neat freak – his car and desk are the cleanest we have ever seen!

  • Joined the team in: 2004
  • Favourite spot on the broads: St Benets Abbey
  • Favourite boat: Brinks Sonnet
Jess Carr - Barnes Brinkcraft, Front Of House

Jess Carr

Administrator & Bookings Clerk

Jess is brand new to the company.  She’s used to dealing with customers, but please bear with her a little as she learns about all things to do with boats and the Norfolk Broads

  • Joined the team in: 2021
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Beccles
  • Favourite boat: Not sure yet
Kallum - Day Boat Manager for Barnes Brinkcraft

Kallum

Day Boat Manager

Callum has just taken over running the day boat site.  All that time spent cleaning and repairing boats has paid off  – our dayboats are looking very well turned out this year.

  • Joined the team in: 2015
  • Favourite spot on the broads: Coltishall
  • Favourite boat: Brinklet

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Latest News & Information

How Hill to Ludham Bridge

How Hill is a great place to start a walk, there is a car park and plenty of mooring for boats, making it an ideal starting point however you arrive. Walkers should walk out to How Hill Staithe, a...

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