Judging Panel

The Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is an opportunity for young British Designers to be recognised by the Industry and gain invaluable work experience and contacts.

This year, the annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition heads to an exciting new location, The Superyacht Design Forum in London’s Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Taking place between 25 & 26 June 2019, the celebrated competition returns for its fifth edition.

The judges for the 2019 competition include:

Stephen Hills – Pendennis

Stephen Hills

Stephen is a Chartered Naval Architect (Master’s Degree from University of Southampton) and member of the SYUK committee. Prior to taking his leadership position at Pendennis Stephen worked for nearly 20 years at Devonport Royal Dockyard where he established the Devonport Yachts brand.

Stephen has been key to the successful expansion of Pendennis’ business into the very large yacht sector epitomized most recently by the award-winning refit of the 86m Aquila. In the last 30 years Pendennis has completed 30 custom new builds and over 250 superyacht refits/restoration.

Stephen commented: “Pendennis is once again delighted to be providing a four week internship to the winner of this year’s Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition. We are committed to the development of our people, not least through our award winning apprenticeship scheme, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. This competition mirrors our own dedication to nurturing young talent and having already witnessed impressive aptitude for design amongst previous competition winners, we are very excited to see what this year will bring.”



Justin Olesinski – Olesinski Ltd

Justin Olesinski



Over the last 25 years Justin has been actively involved within the marine industry. From designer to yacht broker, journalist, boat tester and back to boat design he understands the industry, the clients and what it takes to design the best.

Justin stated: “Now in my fourth year of judging I aim to inspire, mentor and enthuse young designers in our industry. Our industry and business being very commercialised means as a whole takes a lot and this is one way we can give back By guiding and helping students to develop their drawing and designing skills.”



Dimitris Hadjidimos - D-iD

Dimitris HadjidimosDimitris Hadjidimos trained as a carpenter in Germany, before studying design in England. He won the Royal Society of Art competition for his first yacht interior before graduating.

Designing production boats before moving into super yachts, Dimitris has designed and project managed several super yachts in the last 17 years ranging from 34m to 155m.

He commented: “Supporting the next generation of super yacht designers is vital for the industry. I was thrilled to be asked to take part again this year and can’t wait to see what the participants produce.”


Bill Dixon – Dixon Yacht Design

Bill DixonBill Dixon’s nautical heritage goes back many generations. Born into a boatbuilding family dating back to 1740 his designs are created with a natural respect for the sea, coupled with many years of yachting experience. After graduating in Yacht & Boat Design from what is now Southampton Solent University in 1978, Bill’s design work in the early years was dominated by production designs, including the renowned Moody sailing yacht range of which over 4000 yachts have been built. This production work encouraged Bill to explore new markets for his production designs leading to his long and very successful association with Far East yacht builders where he pioneered the development of European style designs. This association is a continuous and growing one to this day.

Bill’s team has expanded its capability and expertise over the years and regularly display their versatility not only in production yachts but also with stunning and very prestigious superyacht designs: designs that started in 1995 with the beautiful 36 metre composite schooner ‘Yanneke Too’, and continue to this day with both large sailing and motor superyachts.

Bill stated: “I have really enjoyed being a judge on the Superyacht UK Young Designers Competition, it has been interesting and inspiring seeing students from different design backgrounds, developing ideas and concepts in a very short timeframe. Over the years of the competition has found some really talented individuals”

Tony Dixon – RWD

Tony DixonTony Dixon graduated in Yacht and Small Craft Design at Southampton Institute in 1977 and began his career working for a small yacht builder. After a few years’ experience he started his own company building GRP day boats in the early 1980s.

More recently Tony was a partner at RWD for over 17 years and continues to collaborate with RWD on projects to this day. After joining RWD in 2001, Tony saw the business grow from 4 to 35 employees and helped the company win many accolades in the Superyacht awards. Through RWD Tony has produced many highly bespoke individual sail and motor yachts for a global range of clients in a varied range of styles from classical to modern and has collaborated with shipyards around the world.

Tony commented: “I am very excited to be a judge in this design drawing competition that encourages new talent into the Superyacht industry. I am also keen to encourage one of the oldest forms of expression and communication through drawing.

"This competition is a great showcase for the students to develop their design skills in a real life environment, helping them to prepare for an exciting career in yacht design.”