Ian Cook
Ian CookSenior Joinery Instructor
Ian started his career in 1956 with a 5 year joinery apprenticeship at Rosyth dockyard. Moving south in 1963 Ian joined Brook Marine in Lowestoft where he worked for 25 years as a joiner and veneer chargehand. He then spent 3 years with Boulton & Paul and a further 3 years overseeing furniture making at Norfolk Manor.

Ian has taught joinery at IBTC since 1996 and really is one of the best. Affectionately referred to by the students as Yoda it is a pleasure to be taught by him.

Adrian Donovan
Adrian DonovanBoatbuilding Instructor
With a fascinating nautical career, including skipper on the BT Global Challenge twice, super-yacht Captain and work at the MCA, Adrian was a student at the IBTC and has built some truly beautiful boats.
Rob Harbord
Rob HarbordBoatbuilding Instructor
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Rob has worked in the marine industry since training as a boat builder in the mid 1980’s.

Initially working in a small team building the world renowned Contessa 32 at M J Slacks in Lowestoft and then on to the rivers and broads of Norfolk and Suffolk on both hire fleets and private river boats.

Rob moved into commercial GRP repair for both the offshore and fishing industries as well as fit out and repair work in the leisure sector. He then spent a few years away from boats, making furniture before moving into education, firstly at Lowestoft College in the carpentry and joinery department and for the last 9 years here at IBTC Lowestoft.

In addition to instructing in the boatshed Rob specialises in wood machining, GRP moulding and repair, rope work, splicing and wire work.

David Sales
David SalesBoatbuilding Instructor
On leaving school David spent 20 years in the joinery and construction industry both employed and self-employed having run a building company for the last 5 of those.

Having had an interest in boats from a young age, in 2003 David enrolled at the IBTC. After graduating from the IBTC David spent 3 years working in a local yard specialising in high quality wooden boat repair before returning to the IBTC to work on two commercial projects, followed by a project nominated for Classic Boat restoration of the year.

David now runs IBTC marine services and teaches lofting, plumbing and electrics and more. Importantly he is the owner of Foreman Ted.

TedForeman / Head Mouser
Ted’s main job is getting Dave Sales to work every morning, before keeping a careful eye on the entire Training Centre to make sure people are delivering on time, on budget, and on biscuit.

Ted supervises all types of builds, but won’t assist on cat boats, or catamarans for some reason.