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Venetian Marina Team
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Meet the Venetian Marina Team 


Venetian Marina is a family run business who are supported by a strong, enthusiastic and hands on team. We are here to help all our customers with buying, selling or mooring your narrow boat. We pride ourselves on our work ethic and approach to customer care with over 30 years combined knowledge of the marine industry. 


Zoe Sandland General / Sales Manager 
Zoe is the General Manager of Venetian Marina, responsible for all aspects of the day to day running of the site, it’s staff, sales, residents and facilities. She has a long history in the marine and retail industry, her trade mark being the personal, friendly, touch both she and her staff have become known for, together with their knowledge and experience. Zoe has over 14 years experience dealing with buying, selling and everything else that comes with narrowboats. Personally, she’s a local girl and can be found in her spare time on local walks with her bulldog Boris.



Chris Allen - Maintenance & Marina groundsman
Chris AKA Bigsby joined the Venetian Marina team in 2015 after working in various roles, everything from being a roadie to a milkman and even at one point he was the man who put the jam inside your doughnuts! He has settled at Venetian and can always be spotted around the marina keeping the grounds clean and tidy. He loves his job especially working on the narrowboat maintenance side of the business. Bigsby’s first love and hobby is music, he mainly plays guitar and can regularly be found playing in various local bands around Cheshire.



Bryan Evans - Sales Executive 
Bryan served for over 33 years as a firefighter in the Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service. He went on to work for Canal & River Trust for a number of years at Harecastle Tunnel where he was a tunnel keeper. He joined Venetian Marina in 2014.



Ben Capper -Sales Executive 
Ben joined the Venetian team in February 2018. Ben has travelled the world serving in the Royal Navy and has finally found his land legs and settled with us at Venetian Marina. Ben is a quick learner who really has a passion for narrowboats. He is from Stoke on Trent where he lives with his wife and two dogs. 




Thomas Congrave - Sales Executive
Thom joined the team in May 2019 and is our newest recruit. He previously held the positions of marine engineer and hire fleet manager for Anglo Welsh. Thom continues his interest in the marine industry by joining us here at Venetian Marina. 




Dave Havard - Marine Engineer
Meet our very camera shy engineer, Dave. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to boats and can often be found with his head down an engine bay somewhere around the marina. Before Dave relocated to Cheshire and joined our team here at Venetian Marina, he was based at our sister site, Whilton for many years.