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 spurring the popularity of the Ribeye brand and product range.
Danny Chivers Operation Director at Ribeye
Operations Director
Twin brother to Ross (Sales Director), Danny has been working hard and playing even harder on Ribeyes his entire life. As a youngster, his first part time job was to prepare every detail on Ribeyes prior to handover as well as conducting the shake down water tests to ensure the boats work perfectly. 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.
Ross Chivers Sales Director at Ribeye Boats
Sales Director
Like his Brother, Ross has been involved with Ribeye his entire life. He has spent more hours boating in a Ribeye than anyone else in the world. To date, Ribeye has been Ross' life 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 media channels @ribeyeboats. 
Technical Director
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. 
Lead Designer
Experienced superyacht tender designer with a passion for classic cars and colourful trousers! Responsible for 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 combined with commercial build and strength qualities. Ribeye's are often referred to as 'Land Rovers of the sea' which is a testament to Chris' design flair and Ribeye engineering. 
Senior Design Engineer
Being a time served apprentice with a mechanical background at Centrax Gas Turbines, and having played a pivotal role in designing and implementing refits onboard various British naval vessels, James brings a wealth of mechanical design and manufacturing experience to the engineering team here at Ribeye as well as a passion for the ocean!  
Design Engineer
Jacco grew up in Holland and moved to England to study Marine Engineering at Falmouth University. After graduating, Jacco then worked within the superyacht sector before moving back to shore to work for Cockwells and now Ribeye. Jacco has kiteboarded all of his life and since his time at Ribeye has the acclaimed title as the best wakeboarder in the 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. 
Marketing Manager
A London Fashion graduate, Sophie's flair for design and branding is apparent in all aspects of Ribeye from boat show styling to Ribeye's online presence. Sophie is now busy putting her experience to work spreading the #ribeyeboats brand message worldwide.   
Sales & Design Coordinator
Henry is a recent design graduate who spent his placement year with Ribeye in Dartmouth and it is great to welcome him back. Now assisting Ross in the Sales department, Henry's scrupulous knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Ribeye have led him to play a pivotal role in guiding clients through the customisation process. He is often referred to as a human car configurator!
Sales and Design 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 design department at Ribeye, Fleur contributes to the client experience from the initial design concept through to the delivery of each 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
Fit Out Team Leader
Harley heads up the large team of fit-out technicians at Ribeye. He is a tube specialist by trade and runs the fit-out of all of our PRIME boats - he is the ultimate perfectionist and has a very creative mind. 
Marine Technician
You might recognise Mitch from the training and handover team. Having grown up on boats Mitch decided it was time to go back to his boatbuilding roots and is now a responsible for the fit-out of the iconic A Series. Mitch works quickly and nimbly and his attention to detail is second to none. He isn’t bad at helming Ribeyes either and is often (if reluctantly) used as our poster boy when required!
Marine Technician
A car mechanic by trade, Luke has brought a professional approach to the rigging team coupled with bucket loads of positivity. He also joined the Ribeye Rowing crew this Summer! 
Marine Technician
Having completed an apprenticeship scheme at Princess Motor Yachts, Sam has brought huge value to Ribeye's technical fit out department. One of the younger members of the team he is known for his speed of work coupled with his acute attention to details. An A & S Series Specialist.
Marine Technician
Having spent the last few years perfecting his craft in engineering, Dan now works alongside Sam handling the technical fit-out of our A & S Series. He is often found singing from the inside of a console! 
Approved Used Technician
Luke has been involved in the marine industry his entire life predominantly working at Yamaha Marine Dealerships and Service Centres. Luke's vast experience of 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 & Handover 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!
Ribeye Powerboat School & Handover Expert
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 states. He knows his stuff!
Handover Expert
As a boat building partner of Noss Marine Academy, Ribeye has been home for Joe for the past few years as he worked through his marine qualification. He is a very likable guy that everyone at Ribeye is very fond of and his development has been extraordinary over the years. He has become a true member of the Ribeye team and is now involved in all things handover at Ribeye.

Infusion Technicians

Duane Infusion Technician at Ribeye
Composite Team Leader
Duane has garnered huge amounts of knowledge & technical ability from working at Princess Motor Yachts in his early years. Duane has brought his knowledge of big boat technology to Ribeye which underpins our flawless finish and he 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
Composite Finisher
Jake is renowned at Ribeye for a flawless finish - he's an artist with fibreglass.
Ryan Infusion Technician  at Ribeye
Infusion Technician
Ryan began his career in the marine industry at age 16 as a laminating apprentice at Princess Motor 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 is guaranteed to be smiling. 
Simon Infusion Technician
Infusion Technician
A highly skilled artisan, Simon's meticulous attention to detail on any infusion job results in none other than a prime finish. He's also a dab hand when it comes to our boat show stands! 
Composite Finisher
Jay is from Totnes and has spent the majority of his career in Marine at the historical Baltic Wharf. Since heading up the River Dart to Dartmouth he has been applying his experience in composites to Ribeye's UK GRP headquarters with great effect. 

Meet The Team