Learn all about what makes BRYD the company it is today and the young and creative team that drives it.
Ben Rogerson Yacht Design
BRYD offers professional design and engineering services for the leisure marine Superyacht and commercial yacht design industries. We specialise in design engineering and naval architecture for performance sailing and power yachts. Plus we offer specialist feature and component developments for a variety of manufacturers.
Based on the River Hamble in Southampton UK, BRYD is the culmination of years of experience gained in the yachting and production industry. This is coupled with an innovative, rigorous and analytical approach to performance and engineering that ensures designs are capable of far exceeding the competition.
The BRYD Team
Learn more about the team members of Ben Rogerson Yacht Design.
Director & Naval Architect
Ben is a passionate Yacht Designer & Naval Architect originally from Cowes on the Isle of Wight now living and working in Hamble-Le-Rice near Southampton on the south coast of the UK. He holds a 1st Class Honours Batchelor of Engineering degree in Yacht and Powercraft Design from Southampton Solent University where he also gained the accolade of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and IMarest ‘Top Final Year Student’.
Yachts and advancing marine technology have been Ben’s obsession since he can remember, sailing almost daily throughout his youth, in his early 20’s, following completion of a HND in Leisure Boat Design in 2003, Ben cut his teeth working for eight years on numerous composite race boat builds from TP52’s to Open 60’s, working for a number of well-known racing yacht shore teams whilst continuing to sail competitively at national and international regattas.
In 2011 he returned to University to complete his engineering degree and since has worked on a large number of high-profile projects and design teams before In late 2016 Ben took the leap to start BRYD with the mission to provide an exceptional and complete yacht design and engineering services to the international leisure marine industry.
Growing up in Cowes in the isle of wight Ben has been extremely fortunate to gain a great deal of sailing experience racing with some exceptional sailors and teams with the Solent on his doorstep. This experience includes winning National and European Championships in his youth as crew in small keel boats, being a member of winning teams in UK regattas in Class 0 yachts, TP52’s, and the Commodore’s Cup. As well as being given the opportunity to take part in Mini Maxi events in the Mediterranean.
Offshore and short handed sailing has always been a huge passion with 4 x Fastnet Races, a Middle Sea Race and over 15,000 nautical miles in deliveries, racing and challenges including a record of 15 days for nonstop single handed around the UK and Ireland in a 6.5 meter Mini Transat.
Oliver is an exceptional designer originally from a small town in Cambridgeshire. His love for design started from an early age, inspired by his love of cars and contemporary and progressive automotive design.
Oliver enrolled from the prestigious Automotive & Transport Design course at the Coventry University with notable success shown in being selected as a finalist for the MAIER design competition in Spain for Autonomous driving concepts in 2017. He discovered his love for yachts on a placement at a highly regarded Italian yacht design house in 2017 which shaped his future ambitions. Gaining his MDes Degree in 2018 following on from his distinction in an Art & Design diploma.
Since graduating Oliver gained a wealth of experience with placements in Yacht and Aviation design houses and working for one of the UK’s largest yacht manufacturers before he Joined us here a BRYD in 2019.
Since then Oliver has helped Ben to forge new design processes adding creativity innovative ideas in abundance and enables high quality translation of ideas through modelling, sketching and visualisations across all aspects of our projects.
BEng (Hons) AMRINA
Junior Naval Architect & Design Engineer
Stephen Joined the team in 2021 as a Junior Naval Architect and Design Engineer having previously worked as a Design Engineer at one of the UKs most prestigious yacht builders. He holds an Honours degree in BEng Yacht and Powercraft Design from Southampton Solent University.
Stephen developed his interest in Yacht Design having grown up competitively racing small dinghies and powerboats on Chichester harbour. Over the years Stephen has gained a wealth of sailing and powerboat experience working as a RYA Senior Sailing and Powerboat instructor in the UK, Greece, Turkey and Spain.
Stephen brings a great deal of value to the BRYD team with his diligent approach and interest within yacht systems and engineering. In his spare time Stephen continues to teach RYA Sailing and powerboat courses and sails as much as possible. Stephen was drawn to work at BRYD due to a passion for innovative Yacht Design.
Systems, Software and Engineering Consultant
Steuart, originally from Somerset but now based in the UK’s sailing capital of Weymouth is a highly experienced domain specialist in the maritime defence industry, providing expertise in mathematical modelling and algorithms since 2007.
Steuart has always had a passion for problem solving, learning to program BASIC on his Amstrad CPC at the age of 7. He graduated with a 1st Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University and gained the accolade of IMechE Student of the Year along the way.
He has continuously applied and developed his competencies, working on a variety of applications including specialist radar systems design and development, underwater systems test and evaluation and yacht design performance simulation.
Steuart has been (formally or informally) an integral part of BRYD since its inception, providing a mainstay of support with his talents and first-principles approach to solving highly complex problems. As a focus amongst a number of areas, Steuart works closely with Ben in developing the performance, VPP and optimisation software FormFlow.