Fairline Gearing Up For New Products
Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Leading British luxury Motor Yacht manufacturer Fairline Boats has this month embarked on a major human investment into its engineering capability as it prepares for an extensive new product introduction programme.
Continuing to focus on high-quality engineering and boatbuilding excellence, Fairline has invested in two new appointments to support the upcoming programme. Stefan Whitmarsh joins as Head of Engineering and Ben Harrison as Engineering Manager, both based at Fairline’s Headquarters in Oundle.
Whitmarsh and Harrison have joined existing team members, Fairline Technical Manager Gary Smith and Design Director Andrew Pope, to underpin the outstanding engineering and design expertise at Fairline.
“Our new-look engineering team provides us with the necessary skills and expertise to deliver cutting-edge design and drive forward our new product development plans,” says Fairline Boats Commercial Director Stuart McCullough. “The new appointments will further strengthen our innovative design and high-quality engineering capabilities.”
With a lifetime in the boating industry, Whitmarsh brings a wealth of global boat industry knowledge and experience gained with leading distributors and manufacturers across the world. He is widely recognised as a leading authority in shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing methods and the operation of large yachts.
In recent times Whitmarsh has worked with Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International, where his last role was as Project Manager on the build of former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan’s Sunseeker 155. He also has many years’ experience in high-performance GRP vessels and races in offshore powerboat championships, winning the 4-day 800 mile Venture Cup Race in 2013. In his new role at Fairline, Whitmarsh will be responsible for driving the new product introduction programme and developing the design and engineering systems across the product range.
Harrison will be working alongside Whitmarsh to deliver the engineering design, development and validation of new and current products. Harrison’s previous experience includes engineering and program management roles at Nissan, Perkins Engines, Land Rover, Visteon and Caterpillar, where he undertook a two-year assignment in Qingdao, China as part of a joint venture engineering team.
Whitmarsh commented: “I am looking forward to working with this talented design and engineering team to deliver Fairline’s vision for the future. This is an exciting time in its growth and development and the new team has ambitious plans in the pipeline to underpin Fairline’s position as a world-class company, offering premium luxury motor yachts manufactured using state-of-the-art technology.”