The Ensign Team consists of over 25 passionate and experienced boating personnel. The team has in its ranks former Super Yacht skippers, engineers, world class competitive sailors, blue water sailors with trans-ocean experience, game fishing, power boat and coastal cruising enthusiasts. The accumulated knowledge in the Ensign group is varied and widespread and comes from all facets of boating with experience gained worldwide.
Andy Howden – Managing Director
Having worked in the marine industry since 1992, Andy Howden is a qualified skipper and engineer. Andy has spent the past decades working in the industry all over the world in Australia, the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Originally trained in the engineering technical commissioning and customer service aspects of the industry, he gained experience in charter, multi brand sales new and second hand, distribution, after sales, service delivery and commissioning aspects of the marine industry. As an active member on the board of the Boating Industry of Australia’s Marine Brokers Association Andy believes in ethical, professional business practice across the industry and is an advocate to ensure the industry has standards that all can be proud of. Andy has always been involved in nautical pursuits himself. Being a keen cruising sailor on both cats and mono hulls, rescue diver, tournament fisherman, surfer and spear fisherman, Andy is currently trying to find more time for competitive sailing.
Andy can understand your boating needs and desires from a varied background in the marine industry. As a director of Ensign Sydney and the importer of Bavaria Yachts and Power since 2002, he is committed to giving you a new level of customer service. Andy represents true versatility as he deals with power boats, catamarans, yachts passage makers and large Motor Yachts.
Andy says “Ultimately the boat you buy will dictate how you use it ;and where you enjoy it! Getting the equation right is what the TEAM at ENSIGN are here to help you with” Whatever vessel you are after, Andy can be the man to help you find it.
Sean Rush – Managing Director
Sean joined the Ensign Group in May 2019 as a joint owner and managing director together with Andy. Sailing and boating have been a passion for Sean since he was a young kid. He has been on many adventures with his family and friends sailing in Australia and internationally, from sailing in Pittwater, Sydney where he now lives to cruising in New Caledonia.
Sean brings to the Ensign Group 25 years international experience in global law firms advising international corporations on major transactions, projects and businesses around the world. Sean has developed businesses and teams and assisted in guiding the strategic direction of a number of organisations.
Sean will add a new level of professionalism to the business consolidating on the leading market position of the Ensign Group in Australia.
Sean says: “I’m really excited to team up with Andy to consolidate on the impressive foundations built by Tony and Andy over the past 2 decades and look forward to taking the group to the next level. Every customer I have met since I started talking with Tony and Andy has praised them and the admin and sales team for their fantastic customer service, professionalism and industry knowledge. I was immediately impressed by the incredible depth of experience in the sales team.”
Tony has been the owner of Ensign Ship Brokers since 2004, and developed it into Australia’s leading boat brokerage. With offices Australia-wide he has acquired the dealerships for some of the world’s most prestigious brands including Bavaria, Nautitech, Sanlorenzo, HeySea Yachts and Italia Yachts. Earlier in 2019, Tony decided it was finally time to smell the roses and handed over the reigns to Sean Rush and Andy Howden.
Today, with over 20 years of experience in the boating industry, it is Tony Ross’s tenacious commitment to ethical business standards that ensures you are dealing with an exceptional businessman renowned for results and the ultimate growth of Australia’s largest boat brokerage. This integrity and the standards held by Ensign Ship Brokers have set a benchmark for our industry, which is something Tony is very passionate about.
Despite the economic climate, the last few years have been a time of rapid growth for Ensign Ship Brokers in the marine industry. The next few years also promise to be exciting times and Tony has decided that after he has overseen the delivery and handover of the current superyachts that are in build, he will be taking some time off to enjoy his own yacht before he joins the specialist team of brokers he engaged and trained in continuing to deliver exceptional service in selling yachts both locally and internationally.
Having developed a wealth of international contacts, Tony can help foster a seamless purchase of both local and overseas vessels including sourcing, inspecting, marine surveys, purchasing, registration transfers, insurance, delivery and importation.
A passionate sailor and owner of many sizes and styles of vessels himself, Tony intends to ensure Ensign Ship Brokers remains the leading brokerage in the world, and he doesn’t measure that in monetary value, but in buyer and seller satisfaction.
Gold Coast born and bred and the “Old Salt” of the crew, Peter gained early boating experience crewing charter boats in the Mediterranean in the seventies.
After selling his business in 1980, Peter and some friends bought a 42′ Chapelle Gaff Schooner and sailed it to Rhode Island for the successful Australian Americas Cup Challenge in 1983 as a prelude to cruising the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Caribbean and adjoining areas for the next four years.
After returning to Australia and with a couple of businesses behind him, Peter joined Ensign as a boat broker and has since fostered some very successful sales.
Peter’s cruising knowledge and experience is available to any potential customers, and he finds great personal satisfaction finding the right boat to suit the buyer, be it power, house or sail.
Growing up in Switzerland, Arnaud competed in professional sailing from a very young age achieving outstanding results and traveling the world with personal coaches such as Russell Coutts and Nils Frei (Alinghi). Boating is a big part of his life and sales happened to be his forte. Although starting his career in car sales for luxury brands such as Jaguar / Land Rover and Audi where he achieved salesman of the year in 2018, working with yachts has always been his ultimate goal as it combines his two biggest passions.
Arnaud offers you excellent communication and negotiation skills that are necessary to succeed in this competitive field. With his strong inner motivation and keen sales insight and over 8 years’ experience in sales, Arnaud excels at evaluating customer needs and meeting their requirements.
Arnaud: “I speak yachting, let’s talk”.
Kate has been involved in sales for over 30 years, working in the real estate, medical device and marine industries. She has been with Ensign since early 2015.
Kate helps her clients to navigate through the process of buying and selling boats. Her professionalism and customer service is testament to clients coming back to us with repeat business.
Experienced in selling new and second-hand boats, Kate will ensure you achieve your boating dreams.
After completing University I spent a few years as a contract Civil Engineer but my yearning for the sea forced me to turn my back on Engineering and I entered the surf industry and have never looked back.
In the late 70’s while surfing in Hawaii I saw these crazy guys riding long surfboards with a sail at Diamond Head and immediately new I had to get into this. Within a few years I was involved in the fledging sailboard industry in Australia, exporting boards and components around the world and of course getting the opportunity to race/wave jump in unbelievable locations.
Having lived most of my life on the Mornington Peninsula surfing and sailing it was only a matter of time for me to get more involved in the keel boat racing scene in Victoria. My yacht “After Midnight” Ensign Racing is a common sight at regattas not just on Port Phillip Bay but also venturing out into Bass Straight ocean racing.
Being based at Martha Cove Marina on the Mornington Peninsula Victoria it has given me a great opportunity to build the Ensign / Bavaria brand which I expect to cultivate further by building sound foundations with our ever increasing client base.
Boating has been my passion for over 50 years, my early childhood was spent on Sydney’s waterways where I started racing dinghies at Avalon Sailing club. A combination of competition Water Skiing & fishing filled in the rest of my early leisure time.
Yacht racing overtook my other interests, with my first trip overseas representing Australia in 1976 & also competing at Cowes Week. My interest in yachting became my career when in 1977 I started with Fraser Sails giving me the taste of project managing and campaigning many of Australia`s most successful yachts at both national and international level, a career path that has continued over many decades now. With multiple wins both outright & line honours in the Sydney Hobart Race along with numerous Hamilton Island Race Week wins, plus Podium results at many overseas regattas. I have been blessed with seeing the world whilst competing with & against many of the best sailors in the world.
In mid 1990 I ventured into selling yachts & started my own brokerage in 1998, specializing in the importation & sale of boats to the performance yachting market along with the distribution & importation of production Sail & Motor boats which I continued for over the next 17 years, before selling the business.
The past 10 years has seen me also turn my interest to competition Game Fishing, owning & campaigning 3 Game fishing Sports boats has seen my team enjoy considerable success in many of the Tournaments along the NSW coast.
After a 2 year break away from boat sales, I am back representing & working with the team at Ensign Yacht Brokers to provide 1st class service in the sale of clients boats whilst also assisting clients purchase the very best boat to suit their needs & desires.
Qualified shipwright/Boatbuilder 35 years of boating experience.
Experienced in Domestic and international Yacht sale and logistics.
Extensive market and marine craft knowledge.
Happy to assist buyers in purchasing a vessel most suited to their style of boating.
Hands-on helping vendors prepare their vessels for a swift and hassle-free Sale.
Nic Jones – Yacht Broker
Qualified, friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and hardworking, Nic is a Master Class 4 and Marine Engineer Grade 2. With experience working onboard boats as a Captain here in Australia, he understands the ins and outs of boating and the waterways & coastlines which you may travel. As a buyer or seller, Nic’s knowledge and experience is available to you.
“Boating is my passion, I’m lucky enough to work in an industry where I can share that passion with my clients. I work closely with the vendors and buyers at Ensign, to ensure the experience of buying/selling runs smoothly and stress free.”
Andrew Pearson – Senior Broker & Ensign Boat-Share Specialist
Having sailed since the age of, 8 Andrew is passionate about all things boating.
In fact as a kid, he used to rig his Cherub sailing dingy right outside our Head office here at the Spit!
A Clontarf local, Andrew has been a Member of Middle Harbour yacht Club for over 45 years and past Middle Harbour Skiff Club Board member.
An avid club and ocean yachtsman, Andrew has many major yacht and regatta wins to his name. He has competed in 20 Sydney to Hobarts, with Two Overall Wins. He also has numerous wins in the Sydney Gold Coast races as well as multiple regatta wins at Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island. As a junior in skiffs he was a multiple Australian and State Champion as well as being runner up in the World Championship in the Cherub class.
Whilst yachting has been his primary focus over the years, he has also owned many power boats from inflatables to Riviera cruisers.
Andrew’s passion is to get people on the water in the right boat depending on their needs and background.
“I always ensure I listen to the client wants, desires and needs and then we make sure the boats we show them meet those criteria”
I love getting new people on the water, so they are confident and happy with what they bought and one which ticks their boxes!
Whilst Andrew has a race background, he loves cruising and can often be seen cruising boats up to the Whitsundays during the cooler months. With a background in the finance industry for some 25 years, he has changed course over the last 5 years to concentrate on sharing his passion of boating.
“I have a wealth of experience to share with people to make their marine journey a pleasant one”
A Pittwater local, Raman knows the pleasures of getting out on the water and finding hidden bays to spend some special time with family and friends. Raman is enthusiastic about finding great outcomes for those wanting to enjoy boating, finding the right boat to suit everyone’s needs.
Raman has a professional background having spent more than 20 years at senior levels in the corporate technology sector Globally and within Australia.
“I know what it’s like to put all your energy into your work, seven days a week, it’s relentless. Boating gives you a unique form of separation that I’ve not been able to find in anything else”
With a passion for power boating, Raman has wealth of know how about how to find the right boat to suit your needs. “My main aim is to do everything I can to meet the needs of my clients. When boating is done right it becomes a part of life you really look forward to so I put a lot of effort into ensuring that’s the experience my clients achieve”.
Rebecca spent almost 10 years living and working aboard superyachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. During this time she gained valuable experience on a large range of vessels (sail and motor) with private itineraries, heavily chartered seasons and shipyard / refit schedules. Along with 15 years experience in sales (high end furniture and luxury boutique travel) and a background in interior design, Rebecca has a diverse skill set that applies well to this industry. Its fair to say Rebecca loves yachts and everything they have to offer. With her ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to think outside the box, she will ensure you and your family have the best experience when buying or selling your yacht.
My name is Wai Tak Chung (丛维德)。I was born during the world and civil war years in China. My life began in November 1942 in a small coastal city of Weihai, Shandong, China. I left my hometown when I was 5 years old and lived in Shanghai for 3 years thence followed the family to Hong Kong where I finished my secondary education. I also lived in Taiwan for 12 months between October 1954 to 1955. I left Hong Kong in January 1991 to study and lived in Sydney for the rest of my life.
Prior to my departure from Hong Kong to Taiwan I was baptised in Catholic faith and my Christian name is George and that name is registered in all official records since. My early life in China and Hong Kong left me with one unexpected advantage- the knowledge of multiple Chinese dialects which, helped the development of my businesses in the later years of my life.
From 1962 to 1970 I studied in University of NSW full time then part-time. I worked in the surface finishing industry as an Industrial Chemical from 1995 to 1970.
I started my own business as a restauranteur in 1970. From 1982 to 1999 I was engaged in catering business in licensing clubs and corporate firms CBD such as Freehills, Clayton Utz, KPMG, Deloitte Australia plus many more.
In 1990 I started my seafood business under the brand of Auslink Marine Products. In 1996 I pioneered the exportation of Live Lobster and Abalone direct into China. In 2012 My elder son, Anthony joined my business and relocated Auslink to Singapore. We switched our attention to trade mainly farmed Salmon to Asian countries sourcing products worldwide including Australia. Our current market share of Salomon in China is 15-20% thanks to our business partner in China. My current involvement is to help the marketing of products to China.
From Australia my company is still investing in the resource licences of Abalone in NSW and Tasmania as well as trading annual quota to processors.
From 2000 to 2006 I was a member of the then NSW Abalone Management Advisory Committee to advise the Minister of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry. It was disbanded some 10 years ago.
In 2009-2010 I was involved with the Marketing of Live Wild-caught Abalone conducted by the then Abalone CRC project and help to provide the final Report Project No: 2010/776 Research, Develop and Trial New Australian Wild Caught Abalone Products into China.
For 6 months in 2010 I was engaged as a mentor to students in the School of Business in Marketing for UTS and University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland.