Meet the Team
DSB Offshore’s specialists
Roland Durnford-Slater FICS
Managing Director/ Shipbroker – Specialist: Jack-up Barges
Roland has worked at DSB since the start of the millennium. Alongside his father, he’s built an extensive knowledge of the offshore marine industry in Europe and beyond, reinforced by his Chartered Institute of Shipbroking qualifications. In January 2016 Roland took over from his father as Managing Director and continues to build on the long standing, well-respected name of DSB in the industry.
While involved in all aspects of shipbroking, Roland’s vessel specialism is in jack-up barges. He feels that the humble flat-top barge in all it’s permutations, is a much neglected vessel type, and yet they are the workhorses of the industry.
Roland speaks a number of languages – including Russian – and has an interest in other cultures. This is of great benefit to DSB’s global growth, enabling the company to work in Russia, Central Asia, Europe and various French-speaking regions all over the world.
Director: Marketing, Media & Finance
Sandi joined the family business in 2014 to help with ‘The Great Barge Project’ and quickly found herself involved in the development of the new company website. She now manages all advertising and marketing campaigns for DSB and writes our ‘Brokers Blog’.
Raised on South Africa’s Wild Coast, Sandi has lived in the London since 2001 and considers herself to be an Anglo-African.
Professionally, Sandi hails from a film and media background, and holds a Master’s degree in Film from the University of Westminster. When not busily at work at DSB Offshore, she works as a freelance journalist, primarily writing film and theatre reviews. She also blogs and consumes all things story-related.
In an attempt to enter into the international dynamic of the DSB office, Sandi is enjoying the challenge of learning to speak French.
Shipbroker – Specialist: Flattop Barges; Splitbarges
Nazar was born and raised in Turkmenistan, so he speaks Russian and Turkmen in addition to being fluent in English.
Nazar attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and University of Gloucestershire where he studied Business Administration and Economics.
Having worked previously in property management and education, Nazar joined our team full time as Compliance and Systems Co-ordinator and here discovered his love for barges. In January 2017 Nazar began training as a shipbroker. His vessel specialism in barges – – including submersible, ballastable, crane and accommodation types.
Nazar enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter – at the recent DSB social, ‘Team Annayev’ discovered their talent for croquet! Nazar is tech-savvy and nothing gives him more satisfaction, when faced with a problem, than to find an innovative solution.
Shipbroker – Specialist: Tugs; Workboats
Going back as far as he can remember, Oliver’s family have been seafarers. From fishermen to master mariners to vessel owners, all the Vearts have gone to sea. So a career in shipbroking was inevitable for Oliver.
Oliver holds an LLB (Hons) from BPP London and has already begun his professional qualification exams to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. His internship placements include some time at an offshore supply vessel owner, the International Federation of Shipmasters Association (IFSMA) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This has given him a varied scope of experience. Most recently, Ollie has come to DSB from an offshore shipbroking firm. We are excited about what Ollie’s experience and enthusiasm can bring to the ever developing portfolio of DSB Offshore. For now Ollie’s focus is on tugs and workboats, and with a finger in the offshore vessel pie.
Ollie brings a bit of a North East England flavour to our office. Outside of work, he is a keen sportsman who enjoys watching and playing rugby.
Strategy, Compliance & Systems
Ayna is an international person by definition. She was born in Moscow, raised in Turkmenistan and came to the UK to study in 2003. Ayna has since made London her home and speaks fluent Russian, Turkmen and English. Ayna holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Marketing and Economics, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Ayna is the newest member of the DSB family having worked previously for one of the world’s largest organic and handmade foods companies. In addition, she has experience in the operations and finance departments of higher education. She joins us in the position of Business Strategy, Compliance and Systems.
Ayna’s claim to fame is that during the London Olympics 2012, she was used as the face of Turkmenistan and a 2 metre portrait of Ayna was displayed in Oxford Street for two months in the summer of 2012. Her portrait was part of the project entitled “The World in London”.
Ayna loves cooking for her husband and daughter, and enjoys hosting guests at home and sharing with them her national traditions.
International Director/ Consultant
Shipping is in David’s blood. Early in his career he worked for a large UK ship-owner both in London and overseas, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo and Aden.
Then he helped build the world’s second LNG vessel, as general manager of a consortium, before starting a company involved in tugs, supply-boats, crane barges and even manned-submarines as part of the global offshore oil industry.
In 1981 he founded DSB Offshore, which has since operated in a great variety of different markets. David retired from the position of managing director at DSB in January 2016. He handed over the helm to his son Roland. He is still very much a part of the DSB family.