By janwooster | Posted: March 25, 2014
AFTER a successful 25 year career with the MDL Marinas Group, Europe’s largest private marina owners and operators, Mick Bettesworth has left the company to establish a new marina consultancy based in South Devon.
Mick Bettesworth Marina Consultants Ltd will offer a complete range of services to marina developers and owners worldwide including site identification and design through to business planning, advice on pricing and market positioning.
A professional practicing chartered surveyor, Mick combines his property qualifications with 25 years of operational marina management and is extremely experienced in both marina operations and waterside development throughout Europe.
Mick graduated from the International Marina Institute Advanced Marina Management School in 1994 and became the first European certified marina manager in 1995.
He has been part of the faculty for numerous advanced and intermediate marina managers’ schools in the UK, Europe and the US.
He served on the board of the Association of Marina Industries and the IMI for eight years. In 2010, he was elected chairman of the prestigious Global Marina Institute. He is also president of MDL Italia.
A frequent speaker at marina conferences, during the last 2 years he has delivered professional papers in the UK, Europe, the US, China and Australia.
In January 2014, he was appointed a director of the English Riviera Tourism Company.
A fluent French speaker Mick has an intimate knowledge of the European Marina industry which linked with his global experience puts him in a strong position to advise on new projects or help revitalise existing. He lives near Torquay and counts sailing and travelling among his hobbies.