Dr Benedict Hextall [Managing Director]

Having completed his studies in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool, with a PhD in Subtidal Marine Ecology, Ben started his professional career working for Apple Computers as a Salesman for their Higher Education department. This job gave him invaluable experience in the world of Sales however it also gave him a lasting interest with Information Technology. In 1996 Ben decided to branch out on his own as a Sole Trader taking advantage of his many years of amateur sailing, providing email, website design and satellite communication services to yachting companies. This led to the creation of OceanWeb Ltd in 1997 when Ben's services were required on the IT and satcoms for the Team Group 4 Yacht taking part in the Vendee Globe. Further projects onboard racing yachts (Whitbread, Volvo, BT Global Challenge, Clipper Ventures) led to the first 38m 'superyacht' in 1998. The business slowly developed through Bens contacts and networking skills to the current status where we work with over 85 yachts.

  • ben@oceanweb.com
  • Sara Hextall [Director]

    Born and brought up in the Isle of Man, Sara returned to the Island after completing a BA (hons) in Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire to work as a Senior Personnel Officer with Dorchester Maritime Ltd, working in a small team responsible for the crewing of BP oil tankers. After 3 years she decided to leave to complete a Masters degree in HR Management at Newcastle University. Her first job after graduating was with a start-up Electronic Engineering company who were working towards IPO. Starting as a Personnel Assistant, Sara worked her way to become HR Manager in an exciting environment, increasing the total number of employees from 50 to 200 and putting in place all the necessary policies and HR systems this growth requires. After a short career break necessitated by the birth of two children Sara began to help Ben with OceanWeb as he was getting increasingly busy. By 2001 Sara was running the accounts department and dealing with all non-technical issues.

  • sara@oceanweb.com
  • Damian Brand [IT Manager]

    Following completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Geology, Damian spent the next decade gaining a diverse range of skills and experience in positions such as SCUBA Instruction, Property Management, Telecoms Marketing, Teaching, Business Analysis, Systems Testing, and Web Design. During this time he travelled extensively most notably living and working for a number of years in Japan and Australia. Damian returned to the Isle of Man in 2006 where he joined OceanWeb. Initially he brought his web development skills and problem solving abilities to OceanWeb but over the last 10 years has gained a wealth of experience and qualifications in all areas of marine IT including satellite communications, mobile data systems, wireless networking, virtualisation, and systems design, implementation and integration. He is a creative thinker and determined problem solver who is dedicated to ensuring that clients always receive a first class service. When Damian isn't glued to a computer screen he enjoys Mountain Biking and spending time with his young family.

  • damian@oceanweb.com
  • Michael Corlett [IT Technician]

    Born and bred on the Isle of Man, Michael attended the Isle of Man College to complete a B-Tech National Diploma in IT before going onto gain a HNC in IT & Computing. Michael has worked in various IT roles including a local High School, small local IT company and Manx Telecom. After a year's career break to coach football in America Michael returned to the Isle of Man and back into IT with Heron & Brearley supporting 40 local public houses on the island. In September 2015 Michael traded public houses for superyachts and joined the OceanWeb team. Since being at OceanWeb Michael has gained experience in all things marine IT having attended courses on the new Sailor 900 VSAT and PurpleFinder marine vessel tracking system. In his spare time Michael is a keen sportsman and plays for a local football team as well as coaching a local womens, junior girls and the Isle of Man womens team. Michael also spends most weekends as a DJ.

  • michael@oceanweb.com
  • Steve Debnam [IT Technician]

    Steve Graduated from Military College in Harrogate and served in the Royal Signals as a Radio Telegraphist. Working all over the world using Long range HF and Satcom. After 10 years he left to start a civilian career in Mobile and Data networks. Over the next 14 years with Nokia, Siemens and Ericsson Steve gained several certifications and accreditations from the Open University. He was involved in the planning & rollout of several 3G/4G networks worldwide including the UK, France, Indonesia and Russia. Steve is currently working towards an MSc in Advanced Networking during his spare time.

  • steve@oceanweb.com
  • Joshua Brand [Web Developer]

    Born and raised in the Isle of Man Joshua set off from the island to study a BSc in Computing at Leeds Beckett University. After thoroughly enjoying completing his degree Joshua stayed on at Leeds Beckett to focus on all things Web Development by completing an Advanced Professional Diploma in Web Application Development. Joshua joined OceanWeb after his years at University to become OceanWeb's first full-time Web Developer. Joshua is an avid scuba diver with a huge love for the underwater world.

  • josh@oceanweb.com
  • Claire [Accounts Administrator]

    Born and bred on the Isle of Man. On leaving school Claire worked within Isle of Man Bank for 3 years with local branches in back office roles and also front facing roles as a cashier. Claire then left to work for Royal Life Insurance and RL Stott & Co Stockbrokers before joining CMI Insurance Company for 20 years.

  • claire@oceanweb.com