Benjamin was born and bred in Suffolk, spending most of his childhood weekends on the river Deben or out at sea with his father who claims he was regularly on a boat from 6 months old.
Benjamin has worked in marketing for thirteen years, mostly in the automotive sector with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Mazda. This sandwiches a stint living on the remote and tiny Fijian Island of Batiki where he worked with a community development project.
Benjamin has had an interest in early medieval history for many years now, particularly Sutton Hoo, which coupled with an affinity with the sea, made volunteering for the Ship’s Company something not to be missed. He feels that the journey of building the ship is “history in the making” and just the start of a very exciting journey. As soon as he heard of the project he knew that it was something that he needed to be part of as he could see the significance and legacy even at the earliest of stages.
Benjamin was one of the rowers on Sae Wylfing for the ‘Life on the Deben’ film – recommended more for his red Saxon-esque beard than rowing abilities. His descendants go back as far as the mid seventeenth century as fishermen so you could say a love of the water is well and truly in his blood.