The Team

Conor Bourke

Conor Bourke

Operations Manager

Conor began working as a skipper during the Summers between 2013 - 2016, while pursuing a Business and Law degree. Conor re-joined the team in 2018 as a skipper and then lead skipper in BVI’s, Greece, Croatia, and Italy, becoming a key element to the community and working his way up to Management.

In 2019 he took on the role of Academy Manager and Croatia Operations Manager. In 2020 he became our Overall Operations Manager looking over everything to do with Quarterdeck.

Countries Visited: 35
Notorious for: Watches
Desert island item: A sailboat
Start year: 2018
Nationality: Irish

Anna Sykes

Anna Sykes

Operations Executive (Skippers)

Anna (otherwise known as Mumbles) studied Event Management in the nautical town of Plymouth.

Starting as a QD intern during a very busy & challenging Summer, Anna quickly became a crucial part of the team. Having joined Quarterdeck full-time as Operations Support Executive she now focuses on the coordination of skippers.

Countries Visited: 34
Notorious for: Telling bizarre stories
Desert island item: Free Burgers
Start year: 2021
Nationality: Welsh

Amelia Allen

Amelia Allen

Operations Executive (Hosts)

Amelia's passion for the sea and snow make her the perfect fit for Quarterdeck. Having grown up near the water and on the slopes, she echos the spit of The Yacht Week and The Ski Week.

With a Degree in Business and Management along with experience in the Chalet Host industry, it was only natural that Amelia would take on the coordination of Hosts for Quarterdeck.

Countries Visited: 30
Notorious for: Pints of rum and coke
Desert island item: Bob Marley Album
Start year: 2021
Nationality: English

Rosie

Rosie

Head of QD Events

Rosie joined the team at The Ski Week in 2018 spending her winters heading up their events in Japan, Canada, Chamonix and Aspen. Prior to this, she spent winters in France as a chalet host - so feels a natural synergy coming across to the QD team, as their Head of Events.

Her first ‘day in the office’ was attending the QD regatta in Lisbon, 2018. In the words of Rosie: “QD made me feel part of the family immediately, with the warmest welcome to a new company imaginable!”

Countries Visited: 31
Notorious for: Fancy dress
Desert island item: Peanut butter
Start year: 2018
Nationality: Mountains

Ryan

Ryan

Croatia Route Manager

Countries Visited: 30+
Notorious for: Getting the sails out whenever I get a chance!
Desert island item: A Leatherman
Start year: 2017
Nationality: South African

Tony

Tony

Greece Route Manager

Countries Visited: 31
Notorious for: Not swimming
Desert island item: Bushwhackers
Start year: 2016
Nationality: British/Irish

Mia

Mia

Greece Host Manager

Countries Visited: 38
Notorious for: Giving motivational speeches at meetings
Desert island item: An immersion blender
Start year: 2017
Nationality: Australian/UK

Pieter

Pieter

Croatia Route Manager

Countries Visited: All continents but Antarctica
Notorious for: Crocs
Desert island item: Kitesurf gear
Start year: 2019
Nationality: Dutch

Miriam

Miriam

Croatia Host Manager

Countries Visited: 20
Notorious for: Lost luggage
Desert island item: Peanut butter
Start year: 2021
Nationality: German

Goran

Goran

Skipper Instructor

Countries Visited: 50+
Notorious for: Being sweet and goofy
Desert island item: Satellite phone
Start year: 2013
Nationality: Croatian

Julia

Julia

Host Instructor

Countries Visited: 31
Notorious for: Tiramisu
Desert island item: iPod
Start year: 2019
Nationality: French

Umbi

Umbi

Skipper Instructor

Countries Visited: 30
Notorious for: Eating unreasonable amount of gyros
Desert island item: Coriander
Start year: 2017
Nationality: Italian

Georgia

Georgia

Host Instructor

Countries Visited: 25
Notorious for: Banana muffins
Desert island item: Unlimited Pina Coladas
Start year: 2021
Nationality: English

Bozo

Bozo

Croatia Route Manager

Countries Visited: 30
Notorious for: Ballet
Desert island item: Big knife
Start year: 2014
Nationality: Croatian

Vanessa

Vanessa

Host Instructor

Countries Visited: 15
Notorious for: Queuing up a playlist
Desert island item: Hammock
Start year: 2021
Nationality: American

Tean

Tean

Skipper Instructor

Countries Visited: 23
Notorious for: Being typical Croatian
Desert island item: 70s disco
Start year: 2013
Nationality: Croatian