Combining years of experience in the Superyacht industry to help those that need it most.

The Superyacht Charities (SYC) is a group of 5 friends that work in various occupations within the Superyacht industry. Active since 2012, due to success and growth, we have now formalised our charity efforts to create the Superyacht Charities Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to promote and assist in the raising of funds for charities that superyacht professionals both participate and donate to.

SYC wants to ensure that worthy causes receive as much of the funding as possible and help the growth of the smaller not for profit and non-government funded charitable organisations.

We were brought together by our involvement in raising funds for charity and have taken part in many fundraising events. We believe there is a huge interest in our industry for charitable donations and we are dedicated to providing the best platform to make sure our superyacht industry colleagues get the best results for their hard work and that more of the intended funds get to their desired targets.

In April 2015 we achieved the first ever superyacht gala ball which was held at the Southampton Football Club’s, St Mary’s stadium. That evening produced a sell-out success story with approximately 60 superyacht related companies involved and almost 400 attendees. The significant result of the evening was that the £48,000 raised enabled Sail4cancer to launch their program for families who have terminally ill single parents or family members to say their final goodbye in a happy environment with their families.

Our Superyacht Charity Ball for 2016 is now sold out following popular demand. We hope to raise even more than last year to continue to make a difference to those that need it the most.


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Actively involved in the Superyacht industry since 1988, Derek is the Principal at Yacht Consultancy and Chairperson of the Superyacht Charities.
With a wealth of knowledge in the marine industry and passion for generating charitable funds to people who need it most, Derek is a driving force behind the SYC and has been heavily involved in the charity since 2012.

Derek Munro - Chairperson


Vanessa has over a decade of experience in the superyacht industry and had run her own crew training consultancy for over 9 years. Her organisational skills, passion for charitable causes and 'can do' attitude make her a valuable asset as a trustee. She has also been brave enough to organise and undertake the 2016 charity Solent swim!

Vanessa Hodgson


Ken is the Global Business Development Manager for AkzoNobel and is an executive board member for the International Superyacht Society, as well as a trustee for the SYC.
He brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and valued contacts in the industry which make him a valuable asset to the SYC board of trustees.

Ken Hickling


Co-founder of Orbis Yacht and with over 10 years of experience in the superyacht industry, Kerry has a varied and in-depth knowledge of superyacht events and organising fundraising events for charities. A valued trustee for the SYC, he is also an ambassador for Sail4Cancer.

Kerry Pettitt


David has been involved with the maritime industry for over 40 years and is the Director at ``SOLAS Yachts`` who provide a number of specialist and bespoke services to Private Clients, Management Companies, Yachts and Crew. With a wealth of experience and knowledge in the charity sector, David willingly takes part in charity events and was part of the team that arranged the first ‘Superyacht Charity Ball’ in April 2015 and subsequently elected as a Trustee for the Superyacht Charity Foundation.

David Goldie


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