Meet Helen Bilton

Client Services Manager
Helen Bilton

Helen’s Story

In a nutshell…

I love helping people and giving them the feeling of liberation that comes with having their plans for the future in place. It’s in my nature to help and guide where possible. Being a descendant of Emily Davidson, from a very young age I was instilled with great values of equality and the understanding that with hard work you can achieve your goals.

My life in yachting…

I’ve worked in yachting for most of my professional life.Starting out as stewardess and moving up to head housekeeper. Before coming ashore and working with a couple of yacht brokers. I dropped out of the industry for a short while and worked in marketing and financial services. But the call of yachting was too strong to resist, so I went back onboard a yacht. The sea gets into your soul, even if want to resist it. Eventually, I found a new home ashore with Yachting Financial Solutions. The perfect place to use all my experience.The best thing about my job is meeting new people in yachting and helping them become financially savvy. I’m still around yachts and I still get to go to sea now and then to restore myself.

My best experience in yachting…

Where do I start? Crossing the Atlantic. Sailing through the Bermuda Triangle—and not vanishing. Going up the World Trade Centre and drinking strawberry daiquiris in the cocktail bar after work in North Cove Marina. Watching the sunset at Shirley Heights in Antigua. Doing Antigua Race week. My first entrance into Port Hercules in Monaco in the evening (when it was just a horseshoe shape) and seeing all the lights on the hillsides. It was just so romantic. Having dinner in Portofino on the quay side. Watching the fireworks in Monaco for the first time. Being on the foredeck in St Tropez in the early evening and watching all the yachts mooring up. Learning to Scuba dive in the Caribbean.

Outside of yachting…

My twin passions are skiing and gardening—still experimenting with my chilies. I also like yoga and walking. I recently took up aqua biking—amazing.

My advice…

Be patient. Things can change in a matter of minutes, never mind hours, when you’re onboard, not just with guests but the weather, etc. So learn to tolerate change.And always listen. There is a saying I heard the other day, “To talk is a need, to listen is an art”.

I can’t stand…

Racism and sexual discrimination. Hardly surprising, given my family tree. I see things improving a bit in yachting in that regard, but think there is still a problem with women in senior positions in the yachting industry, especially at a senior level.

If money were no object…

I’d buy a 65-ft Squadron Fairline, or other vessel, with all the added extras and sail around the Mediterranean. Then I’d have it delivered to other places to explore. For the Arctic and Antarctic, I’d charter a big explorer yacht—and get some skiing in.