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Our close-knit team brings a huge range of expert skills and knowledge from cartography, editorial and production to digital product and operations to the company.  

Managing Director

Lucy Wilson

Leading a dynamic team of staff, authors and partner organisations, Lucy draws on a background in publishing, strategic communications, digital strategy, and leadership to forge new partnerships and enhance digital outreach, ensuring Imray's authoritative voice in the sailing community remains strong and vibrant for years to come.

She is part of the eighth generation of the Wilson family to lead the company. Her predecessors pioneered nautical chart and pilot book publishing out of London from the mid-1700s.

Associate Director (Charts)

Matthew Keightley

Matt’s career at Imray has spanned more than 18 years, and he oversees the production and maintenance of more than 270 chart product lines.

Matt has been instrumental in the development of the company’s geospatial data holding. His experience ranges from cartography to project management and the use of marine geospatial data.

He leads a team of expert nautical cartographers and geospatial data technicians.

Associate Director (Financial Controller)

Emma Woodfield

Emma keeps Imray in good financial health, overseeing financial management, budgets, forecasts, variance analysis, project analysis, annual accounts, external financial relationships, and statutory obligations.

She provides financial guidance and strategic planning advice to support business activities, sets up controls and procedures to ensure financial accuracy and constantly strives to improve efficiency. 

Emma is certified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has 30 years of qualification experience and has worked with Imray for 20 years. 

Head of Commercial and Sales

Neville Porteous

Originally trained as a ship broker, Neville has extensive experience in commercial management, business development and broking in the shipping, marine and offshore oil and gas industries. 

Part of the leadership team at Imray, he oversees the company’s relationships with distributors and stockists in more than 43 countries worldwide as well as direct-to-customer sales via e-commerce and other channels.

He has a wide network of contacts, has worked in sales and commercial development globally and earned his degree from King’s College, London. 

Book Production and Design Manager

Emilie Crabb

Emilie oversees the design and production of Imray’s range of 100+ pilot books.

With a first-class degree in Publishing and prior experience working in the design and publishing of Time Out travel guides (including New York, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Berlin), at Imray she coordinates complex publishing projects, including print buying, production layout and image sourcing.

At Imray, she has worked on pilot guides covering territories from the South Pacific to Scotland. She also manages projects from manuscript through to print.

Books Project Manager

Anna Wilson

Also part of the eighth generation of the Wilson family to be involved with the company, Anna has five years of experience in the Imray book department.

She is responsible for the design and production of Imray’s 100+ book titles, working closely with authors, editors, cartographers, printers and indexers as well as image-sourcing and proofreading. 

Anna has a degree in Italian from University College London.

Assistant Accountant

Sue Ashton

Sue is an expert Assistant Accountant with over 30 years of experience, 20 of which have been with Imray. Over the course of her career, she has undertaken several courses and training to expand her skills, which earned her proficiency in a variety of different accounting software and systems.

Sales and Marketing

Jo Bull

Jo has more than 35 years of experience at Imray in different capacities, including customer service, order processing, folding, and hand-correcting charts. In addition to customer relationships, sales and marketing, she prints official charts and runs and attends events on behalf of the company.

Commercial Development Lead

Guy Eaton

Guy has over 20 years of experience in print and digital communications.

At Imray he focuses on the development of the commercial aspect of all things digital, including a sustainable and affordable supply chain, to deliver digital content and services to customers in a compelling, revenue-generating package, direct to consumers or through B2B partnerships. 

His specialities are digital product development, print publishing, brand development, response marketing, media integration and integrated marketing solutions. 

Commissioning Editor (books, blogs, content)

William Thomson FRGS

William commissions pilotage content and creates content for blogs and social media. He edits the company’s worldwide collection of more than 100 yachting pilot books, working with over 75 authors and content partners including the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation and the Cruising Association. 

He is the author of The Book of Tides, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the founder of Tide School, where he shares vital knowledge keeping people safe at sea.

An established sailor, he keeps his catamaran Luna in the Mediterranean. He is a PADI rescue diver and ex-RNLI volunteer, William writes for magazines and national British newspapers including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Coast, Sailing Today and Yachting Monthly. 

Editorial Production Assistant

Victor Fajardo Calvache

Victor joined Imray in summer 2023 with previous experience in education and creative writing. He moved to the UK from Spain to study at the University of Glasgow, where he earned a distinction in his master’s degree in history. 

At Imray, he supports the Books department with administrative and creative tasks, ensuring that production processes run smoothly. 

Nautical cartographer, GIS and geospatial data specialist

Kevin Black

Kevin is a fully trained nautical cartographer with extensive experience in nautical data management and cartography.

His 25-year career has spanned multiple roles at the UK Hydrographic Office and Geodatastyrelsen (Danish Hydrographic Office).

He is an experienced team leader with a strong ability to share knowledge of complex systems and processes across teams. Kevin is also a member of the British Cartographic Society.

Nautical cartographer, geospatial data technician

Kayacan Ünalp

Kayacan is a skilled nautical cartographer and hydrographic surveyor. As a former naval officer, he pursued a career spanning 20 years in the Turkish Naval Forces and Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography (Turkish Hydrographic Office), during which he took part in many projects under IHO and NATO.

Kayacan writes articles for various maritime and leisure magazines about nautical cartography, and is a member of the British Cartographic Society and The Royal Institute of Navigation.

Cartographic Editor & Project Manager

Simon Deeves

Simon has worked at Imray for more than 18 years and oversees the design of paper and digital chart products, quality controls data and ensures that the most appropriate sources are used, from satellite imagery to electronic navigational charts.

He designed the company’s Filemaker database and many of the chart production workflows. He also mentors members of the team.

Simon is an expert in Caris Hydrographic Production Database and Spatial FME in GIS, and has a Diploma in Mapping and Cartography.

Chart Production Assistant

George Thomas

George joined Imray via a Kickstart apprentice scheme in 2022 and is now firmly part of the staff team. 

He supports the chart department to load data and ensure that production processes run smoothly, and also supports the printing of Imray charts.


Debbie Wilson 

Debbie has worked with Imray for more than 20 years and she provides the cartography for Imray pilot books.

She works mainly in Adobe Illustrator, interpreting official and Imray charts and applying Imray book plan styling.

Digital Print Manager

Ian McDonald

Ian oversees the printing and finishing of hundreds of thousands of Imray and official charts at Imray each year using our custom PageWide printing press.

His 44-year career in the print industry, including the last six at Imray, brings a wealth of expertise to the company. He earned diplomas for NVQ Levels 3 and 4 at the Institute of Management and an Epson Digital Press management course. 

Digital Product Manager

Eliza Joy Hibionada

Eliza Joy Hibionada serves as the Digital Product Manager at Imray, overseeing a diverse portfolio of navigation and leisure sailing planning apps and online platforms. With a background spanning 10 years in project management, including extensive experience with federal contracts, she has honed her expertise in applying agile methodologies and leveraging collaborative tools to optimise project efficiency. Passionate about driving innovation and fostering consumer connections, Eliza employs a range of strategies to enhance product development and user experience. When she's not strategising, collaborating or orchestrating projects, you can catch her tearing up the dance floor with her smooth salsa moves, sultry bachata sways or getting down to the latest hip-hop tunes.

Operations Manager; Sales and Marketing

Chris Ball 

Chris has worked with Imray for around 6 years, and he coordinates office and warehouse operations, manages certifications including ISO 9001:15 and Cyber Essentials, and works closely with customers to process orders. He also manages GDPR, health and safety and fire safety and training, as well as relationships with I.T. service providers.

Prior to that he had close to twenty years of management experience, (including health and safety and fire safety) at companies including McDonalds and Aldi.


Warehouse Manager

Andrew Williams

Andrew oversees the warehouse and despatch departments, organising stock and coordinating the delivery of tens of thousands of products to our customers worldwide each year. He is an experienced warehouse manager, having worked 11 years for Imray, and previously, five years at Hilton Foods. Part of his role is training staff in all areas of the warehouse and our ERP system SAP. He has forklift and first aid training and is also one of the fire marshals at Imray.


Chris Edwards

Chris has more than 20 years of experience at Imray, currently in the warehouse organising the despatch and delivery of products all over the world.

Additionally, he has worked in the Sales and Charts departments. He fulfils customer orders, folds charts, and has undertaken forklift, GDPR, SAP, and First Aid training.

Digital Product Intern

Thomas Ward

Thomas is a gregarious young fellow that has decided that life should be more than a succession of courses followed by exams. He is taking a gap year prior to going to University. In this gap year, he joins Imray as a Digital Product Intern contributing to Imray's digital product development initiatives. 

His sailing experience started aged 2 when he crewed on a Swan 46 sailing between Corsica and Sardinia. After that he sailed often with his parents in Greece and the east coast of England where his father kept a sailing yacht. His current nautical aim is to circumnavigate Ireland in the summer 2024 with his father on a tiny yacht, a Contessa 26.

Nautical cartographer

Katherine Black

Katherine has a degree in Geography and a Higher Diploma in Cultural Land Management.

She has close to twenty years of experience working for Defence Estates, the UKHO and the Geodatastyrelsen in projects all over the world. She is proficient in Dkart, SevenCs (Analyser) CARIS, CARIS Bathy, and Esri Maritime.

Nautical cartographer

Claire Dunn

Claire has more than 12 years of experience at Imray. In addition to cartography, she leads the processing of Notices to Mariners from the UKHO and international hydrographic offices.

She is expert in CARIS HPD, CARIS GIS, Adobe Illustrator and MAPublisher. She’s also completed an RYA Chart Navigation Course.

Her background is in Geography, with a degree from the University of Sheffield.


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