Chief Executive Officer
Ben Willows is CEO at UK Sailing Academy (UKSA). Prior to this Ben was UKSA’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations. He first started at UKSA in 1998 as a student and then started work as a watersports instructor. Ben came to UKSA from a dinghy sailing background, sailing on reservoirs in the midlands. Once qualified he worked onboard various high-profile yachts and spent several years teaching and coaching in Australia and the Caribbean, before he moved back to Cowes to work at UKSA’s HQ. He has worked at UKSA for over 20 years. Throughout this time Ben has gained an unrivalled breadth of knowledge about the academy and its facilities.
“I continue to be inspired by our students, many of whom have come from challenging backgrounds. We have seen them turn their lives around and leave UKSA with renewed confidence and with the employment and life skills necessary for a long-term career in the maritime industry. It is a reminder for us all that with encouragement and training, anyone can begin a more positive chapter in their life and look ahead to a rewarding, long-term career.”