Trained in the British Armed Forces. Focused on delivering excellence. Committed to serving you
A former Royal Marines Commando with over six years’ completed service, leaving after achieving the rank of Corporal.
A former Royal Marine Powerboat Coxswain and Deckhand with significant experience conducting tender and deck operations.
A former Royal Marines Commando with a proven track record of over 10 years operational experience in both conventional and non-conventional aspects of conflict.
Thank you for your prompt and professional service during our recent search for a deckhand. Insignia Crews candidate has exceeded our expectations and has quickly become a valuable addition to our deck crew. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Andrew contacted me after I posted a request for elite candidates on social media. Andrew offered his services to source candidates; after arranging a call with Andrew he provided some exceptional candidates. The candidates were interviewed and one selected. The candidates Andrew put forward were ideal, Andrew had obviously done extensive vetting and pre-selection of the candidates which saved me a lot of time. I cannot recommend Insignia Crew and Andrews services highly enough due to the organisation’s professionalism, in depth knowledge of its candidate pool and the selection process that follows a request for support.
We have used Insignia Crew to recruit several times now, each time we have received exceptional candidates and subsequently hired to fill positions. The service Andrew provides is professional and effective throughout, subsequently the crew that have joined, fit in well and become very quickly valued members of the team
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.
My experience with Insignia Crew has been exceptional. I signed up to all the well-known crew agencies, went to Antibes and visited them in person, they all said they would help me find work but I never heard from any of them. Insignia Crew helped with my CV, gave me 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. I am now Deckhand aboard a 85m yacht. Insignia Crew are the only company to even stay in touch let alone get you job offers.
Andrew Holme of Insignia Crew sat down with me and told me every course which I needed to do to help make my dream of working in the Superyacht industry come true. I now have a job on a 86m super yacht worth $150,000,000. Andrew knew exactly what to do and how to get me there.
Insignia Crew have been fantastic, with constant communication and live job updates. 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. Since being placed in the perfect job role for my skill set, Andrew at Insignia Crew has been at the end of the phone giving me solid advice at all stages, from the interview process to questions I had regarding logistics and general practice.
Insignia crew have made my transition from military to a superyacht career easy and stress free, I was informed fully on what to do, I made it happen and it was all done step by step. 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.
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 am very pleased with my experience of Insignia Crew and could not recommend their services highly enough to any former Royal Marine leaving the service and I very much look forward to working with them again in the future in support of my new career.
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 recruitment agencies I contacted told me they did not have "entry level" positions and that I should walk the docks handing out my CV. However, Andrew told me I had a strong CV and he was confident he could get me a job. Andrew was right, he landed me an excellent position.
I am delighted to be able to suggest Insignia Crew's recruitment services where I think their experience and contacts might result in a new and exciting career for those leaving the service with an affinity for a life on the water, and can personally vouch for their care, ethics and professionalism in my dealings with them to date.
Andrew of Insignia Crew has managed to articulate to the industry the unique skill set and value of employing a veteran. His most recent success was placing one of our Yachtmasters in a permanent position as Skipper of a luxury Catamaran in the Med. It is very clear from first meeting Andrew and his ongoing efforts that he is completely committed and passionate about creating these opportunities for veterans.
Recently at short notice I was asked to take over and set up the 67m Damen Sea Axe, 6711GEO, for her new Owners; I was given an outline brief as to her new planned role as a Private Research and Expedition vessel. Looking at the vessel’s capabilities and intentions I knew that I needed to crew the vessel differently than I might for a normal yacht and therefore turned to Andrew Holme of Insignia Crew for help. Having come to know Andrew in the past year or so I have become familiar with his company and the calibre of the candidates he can supply. My background is RN and having worked with the Royal Marines before I know the special skillsets they can bring to any operation, so I planned to incorporate this ability into my crew. Andrew fulfilled my brief to him immediately and effectively and I’m happy to say that I now have a team of 4 former Royal Marines onboard as a part of my deck and engineering crew; two are former Landing Craft Specialists, one a Vehicle Mechanic and the other a Commercial Diver. Andrew’s candidates have fitted in perfectly and are now an integral part of the team here. It has been a pleasure to work with Andrew on this project and I hope I am in a position again in future where I can also use his services.
I recommend him highly and wish him and his company every success for the future.
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