Laurence Mead

Laurence Mead is the Regatta Director of Cowes Week, one of the worlds biggest and oldest regattas.

After starting his working life as a sailmaker and then business owner in the windsurfing sector, he later spent 17 years building branded shoe companies in the ladies’ footwear industry. Semi-retired in 2017 from the crazy world of fashion, he returned to his first love: sailing.

To sum up: 10 years sailmaking, 10 years owning and running sporting goods brands, 15 years running fashion shoe companies and now back in the world of sailing.