Dragon Hills was founded in 2001 by Anthony and Dora Hills. Having spent 12 years working full time on board sailing yachts as crew and managers chartering in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and UK, covering over 100,000 miles together. After their final yacht was sold to a private owner they decided to move ashore and focus their time on high quality yacht management and charter of luxury crewed sailing yachts over 60ft. Dragon Hills has gone from strength to strength with the team constantly growing. We have just moved into our new office building that was refurbished just for us, allowing us to expand further. We now have a strong team of 10, most of whom are sailors but living and working by the sea in Southend, we all share a love of the ocean and all things nautical.simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
MEET THE TEAM
Anthony is Dragon Hills’s Managing Director. He’ll be there from the start of the journey, guiding you along the way helping you get the most from your yacht. Matt is a qualified captain with an RYA Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor certificate. He has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles in over 30 years of sailing. During this time Matt has skippered 12 ARC transatlantics, 5 Fastnet races and hasten trophies at over 30 prestigious regattas. Aside from being a professional sailor Matt also has a degree in Law and in a previous life worked in Banking and Life Assurance.
Director – Yacht Charter
Dora, is in charge the charter side of the business and is responsible for working with the owners and crews organising calendars and charters and also answering charter enquiries and putting together the perfect cruising holiday for you. Dora has sailed since a young age, having grown up by the sea in Southend in Essex, she has sailed over 150,000 nautical miles and has worked together with Anthony for 18 years.
Technical Services Manager
David is responsible for providing technical support to our fleet of managed yachts, making regular onsite visits to undertake and oversee works and ensure all maintenance and repair work is completed to satisfy our high standards. An MCA Ocean Yachtmaster and Yacht & Small Craft Surveyor, David has over 15 years of practical marine experience, this along with a wealth of local knowledge and contacts helps to keep all jobs as cost-effective as possible.
Yacht Management Co-Ordinator
Freya joined the company in March 2018 and is responsible for the majority of the administration behind Yacht Management. Freya deals with yacht registration, crew administration, marinas and port bookings, liaising with owners and our accounts team. Freya keeps the office a well oiled machine. Freya was a P.A. for thirteen people before joining us, so is well-equipped to handle the variation in her tasks.
Louise helps out when needed from flights and itineraries for the staff, to resizing yacht photos for the website and yacht listings . Louise was a sea cadet as a teen and studied at university in Southampton so has always been surrounded by the sea. Her career started in the property development industry, she took time out to have a family and we are slowly winning her round to returning to work on a more permanent basis.
Kamil joined us autumn 2017 and has quickly thrown himself into our multi-currency business and clients accounts. Having a background in customer services and accounts, he is quickly becoming a valued member of the team.