Our dream team helping to make our customers’ dreams a reality

Meet the Team

Ian Watkins, Director

Ian Watkins, Director 

Ian is the man with the vision: after 20 years in boat sales, he realised that many customers use their boats as floating holiday homes, rarely leaving port. He has therefore made it his mission to design and source a craft that provided all the benefits of living on water without compromising on luxury, to introduce new customers to the marina and boating way of life.

As Director, Ian’s role is to provide an environment which enables the team to carry out their responsibilities in looking after our customers, as well as strategic planning to keep the business pointing in the right direction.

Fuelled by strong coffee, when Ian’s not busy building the Waterlodge success, he enjoys living in the New Forest and getting afloat on the Solent.


Darren Hughes, Sales Manager

Darren Hughes, Sales Manager

Darren couldn’t wait to join father-in-law Ian in the exciting business he’s building turning floating home dreams into reality. Darren is likely to be one of the first people you talk to, as he’s responsible for handling initial enquiries and arranging viewings - which is great, as Darren loves meeting new people, and points out that there are worst ways to spend your working day than hosting viewings on a luxury Waterlodge!

Darren also ensures that customers get their dream, bespoke Waterlodge, right down to the smallest detail - he’ll guide you through the different layouts and finishes until you’re completely satisfied with all your choices.

A family man, Darren likes spending as much time as possible with his young family – and walking Honey, his golden retriever, in the New Forest.


Katie Watkins, Office Manager 

An experienced Executive Assistant, mostly in the legal sector, Katie made the jump to help brother-in-law Ian keep things running smoothly in the Waterlodge office.

Responsible for office management, transport logistics, customer service and warranties, Katie is the oil keeping the cogs moving smoothly so that Waterlodge customers can take delivery of their new floating homes - the biggest buzz in Katie’s work calendar!

When she’s not making sure the Waterlodge team are on point at all times, Katie enjoys being with her family, campervanning and planning holidays by the beach and sea.

Katie Watkins, Office Manager
Tom Kolodz, Service Technician

Tom Kolodz, Service Technician

Tom Kolodz is our Service Technician. He brings with him a wealth of multi-skilled experience from the construction industry, and is a versatile problem-solver.

His is fluent in English and Polish, and has undertaken a comprehensive Product Training Program with our manufacturing partners in Poland, so he knows Waterlodges inside and out.


Danny Allen, Sales Partner Brighton

Danny has joined the Waterlodge UK having over 20 years experience in the property market across the south east, which until now, this has all been on land however the love for these fantastic crafts has quickly taken over and can be seen with his enthusiasm to help our customers build their bespoke Waterlodge and realise their dreams working closely with Darren and Katie.

When Danny isn’t helping our customers he enjoys time with his family, enjoying the gorgeous countryside and playing out with his friends on their motorbikes

Danny Allen, Sales Partner Brighton

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