Meet the Chertsey team
The Bates Team (less a few back at base) at Southampton Boat Show.
Richard Bates - Managing Director
Richard is fifth generation of the Bates family who have been present on the River Thames for over 150 years. Managing Director of both Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd & W.Bates & Son. Richard and David de Vere started Bates Wharf Marine Sales in 1991 after having been together with their previous employers since 1985.
Details of the Starcraft owners club visit www.bates-starcraft.co.uk.
David de Vere - Group Financial Director
David entered the marine industry in 1972 working for Westerly Marine a yacht manufacturer on the South Coast. His past experience includes being one of the first ever importers of American power boats into the uk back in the 80s and managing the yacht racing division of a South Coast manufacturer. Today David is primarily responsible for all the financial aspects of Bates Wharf Chertsey, Poole and Eastbourne.
Debbie Russell - Finance Manager
Debbie (Bates) returned to work with Richard in 2013 to assist with the financial aspect of both Bates Wharf and Bates Wharf Southern. She is also our in house IT whizz.
Claire Bates - Sales Manager
Claire joined the Bates Crew in 1999 as Office Manager, soon after was exposed to sales which became her main role and is now Sales Manager for new and used sports boats and cruisers.
Sarah Coppen - Sales & Marketing
Sarah joined Bates Wharf in 2010 and is responsible for marketing and administration across the three offices. Sarah has also become a valued sales person within the team.
Tony Humphrey - After Sales Manager
Tony has a long history in power boat sales and joined our company in 2002 after having worked for Bayliner in Windermere for over 15 years where he gained extensive experience in American power boats. He oversees the after sales service and gives extensive tuition to new and used boat owners.
Kelly Baker - Parts Department
Kelly first joined Bates in 2006 and after an extensive year travelling has returned back and now manages the parts department for Bates Wharf. She is the first point of call for any boat parts! 01932 566780 is the direct line.
Carl Russell - Belassi Sales & Group After Sales
Carl joined in 2013 and is responsible for the Benelli/Belassi jet skis sales. He also is very involved with our aftersales department across all brands and offices.