NICK BASHFORD is an experienced business leader, author and passionate yachtsman. He has a unique approach to business management, delivering clarity and structure to both individuals and businesses. He has worked as a senior executive director and provides consultancy services through his company – Nyetimber Management. Nick has helped a number of firms to successfully develop and grow and continues to operate as a commercial yacht skipper, providing training on team dynamics and strategic planning.

Nick Bashford

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An extract from the authors preface in his book SHIPSHAPE

‘For the past 40 years, outside the time I spend with my family, I have pursued two other deep passions. They are the sea and the world of business. I have successfully been able to chart a course between the two and, on occasion, I’ve been lucky enough to combine them at the same time. Skippering thousands of miles with various crews and running business teams on a day-to-day basis has contributed to what I believe is a solid and proven style of leadership, as well as a unique understanding of team dynamics.

During my school education, I developed a passion for sailing and at home I had a deep interest in the world of business. Both sets of grandparents and my parents were running successful family enterprises and I enjoyed working with them during my school holidays. To me, it was inevitable that I would go into business and, on leaving school, I entered the world of insurance. Seeing my early promise and drive, and if the truth be told my appetite for having a chat, my first boss moved me from an administrative role into sales, and I was soon developing and heading up my own sales teams. Within 10 years I was running a multi-million-pound salesforce for a national company, designing and delivering communication and sales training courses to hundreds of direct sales personnel. In the mid-1990s, an opportunity to invest in a new start-up company presented itself. The timing was perfect in terms of my experience, and we successfully grew the business, year on year, turning my initial few thousand pounds of investment into a seven-figure sum when I sold my shares some 12 years later.

During this time, and alongside pursuing my business ambitions, I stayed very close to my passion for sailing through volunteering with a branch of the Royal Navy Reserves, as well as spending much of my spare time sailing yachts. Over the years I built up tens of thousands of skippered sea miles, including making offshore passages as a commercial skipper. Plus, over a five-year period, I instructed more than 350 students in the art of skippering and seamanship. More recently I have been a senior director and advisor to a number of businesses, bringing my wealth of experience and unique management approach to the benefit of these organisations’.

Nick Bashford
Nick Bashford


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