About Us

Meet the dream team

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in Sub-tidal Marine Ecology, I started my professional career working for Apple Computers which sparked my interest in IT & communications. In 1997, after branching out as a Sole Trader, I founded OceanWeb and the business gradually developed to the current status where we work with over 85 Superyachts.

Ben Hextall

Managing Director

After completing my BA (hons) in Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, I returned to the Island to work as a Senior Personnel Officer responsible for the crewing of BP oil tankers with Dorchester Maritime Ltd. I then completed a Masters degree in HR Management at Newcastle University and joined an Electronic Engineering company who were working towards IPO. I became a Director of OceanWeb upon its formation in 1997.

Sara Hextall


Following the completion of my BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Geology, I spent the next decade gaining a diverse range of skills and experience in various roles covering Telecoms Marketing, Teaching, Business Analysis, Systems Testing, and Web Design. I returned to the Isle of Man in 2006 to join OceanWeb and I manage and train our team of Technical Engineers.

Damian Brand

IT Manager

After completing my BSc in Computing and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Web Application Development at Leeds Beckett University, I joined OceanWeb to become their full-time Web Developer. I'm now a Technical Support Engineer and whilst I still utilise my web development skills, I spend the majority of my time on board Superyachts installing hardware and fixing any technical issues that arise.

Josh Brand

Technical Support Engineer

I joined OceanWeb in April 2018 from Coventry where I held the role of Network and Systems Administrator at Syscomm, an internet and managed IT service provider. I have over 7 years of industry experience, with a strong background in network design and support. This allows me to install, support and troubleshoot an extensive range of systems onboard Superyachts. I also have skills in web development and Java programming.

Tom Poole

Technical Support Engineer

Upon completion of a BA in Graphic Design, I spent 6 months travelling around Asia followed by a further 6 months in Madrid teaching English. I then completed a 15-month apprenticeship at Manx Telecom, a local communications provider. As a Technical Support Engineer I work closely with Damian to ensure that our clients continue to experience high quality service and support. I also recently gained my level 4 qualification in IT.

Jake Ferris

Technical Support Engineer

I joined the OceanWeb team in January 2018 as a Trainee Technical Support Engineer following 3 years at a local Telecoms company where I worked within cutting edge tier 3 data centres. I studied a Level 3 advanced diploma in IT at the Isle Of Man College and continued my education in my personal time, achieving my CompTIA A+ certification. Since joining OceanWeb I have also gained Kerio, Sailor & KVH accreditations. I was promoted to Technical Support Engineer in April 2019.

Will Price

Technical Support Engineer

I joined OceanWeb in October 2019 as a Technical Support Engineer. Prior to this, I spent 2 years working as the sole Systems Administrator at a local accountancy firm. I have over 5 years experience in IT and have built up a broad knowledge of both hardware and software technologies.

Aaron Hicks

Technical Support Engineer

I joined the OceanWeb team in June 2019 as Business Development Executive having relocated with my family from Liverpool. Previously, I worked in sales for PepsiCo promoting global brands such as Walkers, Doritos and Tropicana. Prior to this, I worked in sales and business development roles in shipping, recruitment and telecoms industries.

Danny Creedon

Business Development

I joined Oceanweb as Business Development Executive in July 2020 after 20 years working as Chief Engineer on Superyachts, bringing the “end user” perspective to the team. Prior to becoming a Yacht Engineer I was involved in business management and engineering, training originally with the Marconi Radar Company research and development department. I am based in the south of France close to the Spanish border within easy reach of shipyards in both countries .

Kevin White MIET MCA Y1

Business Development

Previously, I worked at the Isle of Man Bank both in back office roles and front facing roles. I left the bank to work for Royal Life Insurance and RL Stott & Co Stockbrokers before joining CMI Insurance Company where I worked for 20 years. I joined Oceanweb in 2017 as Accounts Administrator and assist Sara with our Accounts and orders

Claire Newsome

Accounts Administrator

Having recently completed the CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing, I joined OceanWeb from the ICM Group, a local CSP providing Yachting and Aviation services, to take on the role of Marketing Executive and focus on brand alignment and awareness. In the past, I have held a variety of roles covering Office Administration, HR and Marketing.

Suzy Manton

Marketing Executive

I'm OceanWeb's mascot and meet & greeter. I make sure everyone in the town knows when our post arrives and I always greet visitors with a smile!

Amber Hextall

Office Meet & Greet

Welcome to the office

We were founded in 1997 and are headquartered on the beautiful Isle of Man. In 2016 we moved into our newly renovated office which was opened by His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney, the Lieutenant Governor.

Our custom designed office space enables us to provide expert, world-wide support to all of our clients. We have a central hub where all of our engineers work from so that issues can be resolved as quickly as possible and our workshop has been kitted out with all of the best tools so that our certified engineers can configure, upgrade or build all hardware and install any software before being sent out to ensure that all hardware is ready as soon as it’s plugged in.

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