Bringing experience, knowledge and a research-based approach

to marketing, corporate communications, event management

and maritime public relations

About ClearLine Communications

ClearLine is a full-service marketing agency specialising in the commercial maritime, superyacht and leisure marine sectors. As a result, we are involved in a wide range of topical and fast-moving sectors including clean energy and the environment, IT, AV & cybersecurity, international trade, offshore oil & gas, engineering, consumer electronics, luxury goods, tourism and leisure, and finance, as well as with businesses and organisations more usually associated with the sea and those who work and play on and in it.

Based near the port of Southampton in the UK, we are experienced professionals working with a diverse range of international clients in the UK, Europe and beyond.  ClearLine is headed by brother and sister team Matt and Marina Johnson, and since its foundation in 1995 the company has grown into a highly regarded media relations and marine marketing business. We are immensely proud of our track record of working with some of the most prestigious names in the marine industry.  Clearline’s directors are supported by a number of administrative support staff and complementary associates including our long term graphic design partner Tinstar Design.

Our Marketing & PR Team

Marina Johnson Dip CIPR – Director
Marina Johnson Dip CIPR – Director+44 (0)7774 623539
Marina founded ClearLine Communications in 1995, forming it into a highly regarded media relations and marketing business.

Marina has had extensive senior client management experience in medium to large sized companies, advising on overall marketing strategies to achieve corporate goals, and providing a hands on approach to event management, relationships with the media and creative and practical marketing solutions.

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In our first years the portfolio included multinationals such as Esso Petroleum and other clients ranging from conservation organisations to major health authorities.

Marina’s offshore yacht racing and yachting journalist experience has since led ClearLine to build an emphasis on marketing in the marine industry. She is a member of the Yachting Journalists’ Association and is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster. Marina holds a Post Graduate Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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Matt Johnson BA (Hons) MBA – Director
Matt Johnson BA (Hons) MBA – Director+44 (0)7754 749114
Educated at Kings College, London, and with an MBA from Henley Management College, Matt spent a decade in investment banking followed by a couple of rollercoaster years in the industry. With the resulting experience in sales and marketing, he then joined ClearLine Communications to help it expand into a full-service marketing company.

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As well as his general business experience and a keen appreciation that for any business its key goal is to increase sales, the key attributes and skills that Matt offers his clients are twofold. He delights in digging deep into any subject to create interesting and compelling content. He also writes in a crisp and economical style makes complex subjects easy to understand for English speakers around the world, presents idea or products in a way that is compelling without feeling like a ‘hard sell’, and holds the attention of the audience or readers right to the end.

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Johnny Johnson MA – Account Director
Johnny Johnson MA – Account Director+44 (0)7802 713138
Johnny is a key account manager at ClearLine and has been with the company for seven years. She specialises in the handling of our education, hospitality and tourism clients. Johnny has had extensive corporate marketing and communications experience in large organisations.
Marie-Louise Holroyd
Marie-Louise Holroyd+44 (0)1962 820358
Marie-Louise has a background in interior design and so provides valuable input into the work we undertake with our design clients. She is also a first-class editor with a talent for a well-turned phrase and a passion for short sentences.
Tinstar Design
Tinstar Design+44 (0)1590 679490
Tinstar Design has worked in partnership with ClearLine Communications for 17 years. Together we provide a totally integrated finished marketing product for our clients to the highest and the most imaginative of design standards, with a style to suit every type of application.

Our current clients