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Meet The Team at Richard Haward's Oysters!

Tom Haward

Tom Haward

Tom is eighth generation oysterman and one of the directors of Richard Haward’s Oysters. Tom is the operations manager and runs the shore-side of the business. As well as working for Richard Haward’s Oysters, Tom is an author and has his debut novel being published in 2023. He is also engaged to Gemma, with whom he shares Autumn and their cockapoo Hendricks. 

Gemma Tidmarsh

Gemma is our social media manager and she also works on the waterfront. She has recently returned from maternity leave and has a baby daughter called Autumn. As well as being a mother and working for Richard Haward’s Oysters, Gemma enjoys cooking, writing and reading. She is also engaged to Tom and they have a cockapoo called Hendricks.

Adam Hollis

Adam has worked for Richard Haward’s Oysters for five years and shore-side is Tom’s number 2. He has previously worked abroad and is very passionate about water sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding. His trademark look is his board shorts and yellow wellies! 

Josh Wilson

Josh works both shoreside and on the dredging boat for Richard Haward’s Oysters. As well as this, Josh is a budding musician and he is one half of ‘The Wilswood Buoys’. They’re an alternative folk duo who write their own songs and are on the verge of something big. 

Corinne Pullen-Appleby

Corinne has worked for the business for many years and as well as working shoreside, she also handles our customer’s accounts and invoices. Corinne is French and in her spare time she enjoys watching French TV, sewing, gardening and walking her dog around Mersea Island.


Blackie is an absolute legend on the waterfront. At 83, he’s as strong as an ox and puts a lot of young lads to shame! He can fix just about anything and is a real asset to the business. He has worked with boats his whole life and there’s not much he doesn’t know.