She of the sea vision

Combining the resources and network of the shore side industry, with the wealth of experience, knowledge and journeys of the women working at sea, we are realising  the vision of a high performing, competency focused yachting industry, regardless of gender.

The story so far

In 2018 after 8 years in the industry, our founder Jenny Matthews, qualified as an Officer of the Watch. Realising she had never once worked with another female in the deck department, she asked the simple question "who else is out there?"

She of the Sea was born. Our aim is simple, connect and empower women working in yachting and those who support them. Cultivate equality, realise potential and celebrate diversity. Over the past two years the platform has gained powerful and industry-wide momentum and support. Shore side organisations and crew at all levels are uniting with the vision of a high performing, competency focused industry, regardless of gender.


She of the Sea has collaborated with organisations and schools engaging young women, such as the 1851 Trust, the official charity of INEOS Team UK, delivering science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events to young women. We are regularly invited to speak publicly including speaking at UK’s women's Trade and Union Congress 2019, with frequent contributions to leading industry publications and our growing community of followers, She of the Sea is uniting the industry behind its vision.

The team

Jenny Matthews

Officer of the Watch after 8 years in the industry, and never having worked with another female deck member, Jenny asked a simple question “who else is out there?”.  She of the Sea was born. Along with Natasha, Jenny continues to unite the yachting industry the vision of a high performing and competency focused industry, regardless of gender.

Natasha Ambrose

Natasha has been in the industry for over 7 years, holds her Chief Mate 3000gt CoC and has worked on both Sailing and Motor Yachts up to 80m. Natasha joined She of the Sea to utilise her knowledge and experience in championing growth and excellence within the yachting industry.

our Advisory board

William Maclachlan 

Partner HFW Law


William is a partner in the London office of the international law firm HFW. As a transactional lawyer, he advises on a wide range of yacht related matters with a particular focus on design and intellectual property, construction, sale and purchase, ownership structures and VAT, charter, management, crew contracts and refit and repair projects. William also advises on physical and cyber security on board yachts and other developing issues. William spent 8 months seconded to a leading German yacht builder and is a trustee of the global seafarers charity, the Mission to Seafarers.

Vanessa Sanyauke - 

Founder Girls Talk London


Vanessa Sanyauke is a diversity, inclusion & responsible business professional advising and working closely with FTSE 100 businesses on diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation. She is also the Founder of Girls Talk London, an award-winning agency that has connected thousands of women and girls in the UK with global brands and businesses in the S.T.E.M (Science, engineering, technology & math's) sector. In 2019, Vanessa was featured as one of 30 people changing the world in the London Business School Review.

Kate Mardel- Ferreira 

Head of Operations 1851 Trust


Kate is the Head of Operations and Sailing Programmes for the 1851 Trust. The Trust is a dynamic and innovative education charity that inspires and engages the next generation with the aim through education, sailing and the marine industry to become the  innovators of the future. Kate also spent years in the yachting industry Captaining private yachts and is committed to supporting young women to fulfil their potential.

Dean Pilatti

Captain M/Y Arience


Captain of one of the industry's most prestigious charter yachts M/Y Arience, Dean has been in the yachting Industry for over twenty years, has travelled worldwide and gained huge experience in the yachting field as well as in human interaction. His personal approach onboard is infectious and he won the A Crew awards for Master 3000 Captain in 2019. Dean is committed to realising a diverse high performing industry regardless of gender.

Lisa Blackshaw

Chief Officer M/Y Rising Sun


Lisa is the Chief Officer on a prestigious 138m Superyacht. Coming from a commercial maritime background Lisa offers her wider insight and perspective. Lisa qualified in 2008 as OOW unlimited after completing a cadetship on a nuclear fuel transportation carrier. Lisa has a BSc Hons in Nautical science and also actively runs a climate change awareness page.

Current Action


Uniting the many sectors of the industry in the spirit of collaboration to use their own unique platforms to cultivate diversity. Crew agents, training providers, management companies and of course the yachts themselves are setting unique and achievable targets to move our industry forward.


"She who holds the pen, writes history"

Including the female perspective and narrative in the industries media is an important step to normalising diversity. She of the Sea is collaborating and being featured by the leading Superyacht platforms.

Podcast, articles, guest columns and more below.


Connecting the ever growing community of female Captains, officers, deck crew and engineers, as well as the men and businesses that support them.

Creating meaningful connections between real people behind change within our industry.


Promoting a constant flow of women in epaulets, in the engine room and the bridge. Providing an alternative narrative of a Womans role in the Superyacht industry. Celebrating the trail blazing women for future generations.

Next Gen

Letting young women know they can be the Captain, they can be the engineer.  She of the Sea is collaborating with schools and STEM programs world wide to broaden the horizons of the next generation.


Making vital career information available to all that seek it removes barriers, taking the luck out of career progression and empowering those that want to, to excell in their chosen field.

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