After 12 years of service in the Royal Marines, our Founder – Andrew Holme,
fulfilled a long-term ambition by starting a second career within the superyacht industry.
As CPO and part of the Deck team aboard a 70+m yacht, Andrew soon realised that the industry would very much benefit from crew who:
hold advanced qualifications
a diverse set of additional skills
are used to long term overseas commitments
understand the importance of rank aboard
have the ability to adhere to and carry out instructions
are seeking career longevity and progression
…attributes former military personnel hold in abundance, especially Royal Navy and Royal Marines whose maritime skill sets and experience perfectly match the demands of the industry.
Andrew’s time within the industry made him determined to raise awareness with:
a) the yachts – to highlight the many benefits employing former military personnel delivers, and
b) veterans – to present the industry as a viable career path
Insignia Crew launched!
We are an MCA certified placement agency and pride ourselves in supporting some of the world’s finest superyachts on the water today.
We represent and respect exceptional people, placing all disciplines aboard:
Captains and Bridge Officers
As we have become more established, our well regarded reputation has led to demand from our UHNW clients to also support their land based appointment requirements within their private households, estates and family offices, from:
Senior Family Office and House Management to Security Managers and Chauffeurs
We attract high calibre candidates from a non military background and will be very pleased to represent you.
We are an MCA certified placement agency. Seafarer's health, safety and rights are of paramount importance to us.
We very much welcome veterans from international forces too.
We pride ourselves in working with exceptional people which enables us to confidently support our clients.
We acknowledge the significance of your next employment and focus on a partnership driven approach, rather than a ‘fire and forget’ experience, as we hope this will be the start of a long-term partnership.
We recognise the importance of trust, respect and partnership. We are driven by these core values and will go above and beyond to ensure you experience these when interacting with us.
You are as important to us as our clients, we strive to offer a personal service and support throughout your placement journey and beyond.
This is a partnership, the more proactive you are, the better we can serve you, please….
keep us updated with your availability and career progress
ensure we have copies of all your current paperwork
Candidate testimonials (thank you!)
Insignia Crew’s unique understanding of Armed Forces personnel makes them the first and last point of call for placement within the Superyacht industry. I found Andrew to be very hands on and proactive with recruitment and finding me the best role, all whilst keeping me well informed every step of the way.
- Andrew - Bosun | 70m new build -
My experience with Insignia Crew has been exceptional; they helped with my CV, gave great advice of how the industry works and within weeks my details were aboard multiple yachts. There is constant comms and reassurance from Insignia Crew – they are the only company to even stay in touch let alone get you job offers.
- Paul - Deckhand | 86m Superyacht -
I was introduced to Andrew of Insignia Crew via Katharine Callus of The Royal Marines Charity. She sat down with me and told me every course which I needed to complete to help make my dream of working in the Superyacht industry come true. Thank you to The Royal Marines Charity who were able to fund me and put me into contact with a man who knew exactly what to do and how to get me there.
- Tom - Deckhand | 86m Superyacht -
From the first contact, Andrew at Insignia Crew was extremely helpful and gave me a clear introduction of how I could work in the maritime sector. Insignia Crew have been fantastic, with constant communication. They have a superb network in the industry and I felt they were dedicated not only to finding me a job, but really wanting to find the right job for me.
- Nick - Ship Security Officer -
I heard about Insignia crew from a resettlement day I attended shortly before I left the British Army. Insignia Crew have a great knowledge of training organisations who deliver the very best Seafarer courses. I am very grateful for all the guidance I have received from Insignia Crew, if I had not known about and engaged with them, I believe I would still be looking for a job to this day.
- James - Deckhand | 156m Superyacht -
A highly professional motivated individual, Andrew guided me through a complicated joining procedure for a position aboard a large and high profile super yacht, Andrew was always on hand to answer any questions I had. Thanks to the expert help and advice made available to me, I have secured a dream job with in the superyacht industry which will now provide me with opportunities to progress with my career!
- Jack - Deck/Security | 100+m new build -
Insignia Crew have made my transition from military to a superyacht career easy and stress free. Some agents fire and forget about you but not Insignia Crew, they continue to support you and keep in touch, are very friendly, professional and the biggest thing for me was that they are very approachable as I had no clue about the industry or indeed how it worked.
- Steven - Deckhand/Security | Expedition Yacht -
I feel very strongly that Insignia Crew offers amazing opportunities to only the candidates that they truly believe will represent the company well, which shows their level of professionalism compared to other agencies. I could not recommend their services highly enough and I very much look forward to working with them again in the future in support of my new career.
- Matthew - SSO/Deckhand | 113m Superyacht -
One of the great things about Insignia Crew is that it is founded by a former Royal Marine, who understands the transferable skills and competence of Royal Marines and the value that we offer Superyachts. Other agencies told me they did not have "entry level" positions. Insignia Crew told me I had a strong CV and were confident they could find me a job – they were right and landed me an excellent position.
- Lee - SSO | 113m Superyacht -
Time for some tunes?
Industry organisations and charities we are proud to support and raise awareness for.
(our chosen military charities feature on our home page)
The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world.
Nautilus International is an independent, influential, global trade union and professional organisation, committed to delivering high quality, cost-effective services to members, and welfare support to seafarers, their dependants and other maritime professionals.